In September and October, contractors will be on site installing the Innovating Streets for People project in Kawakawa town centre.
The Kawakawa Innovating Streets for People project has been led by Lau'rell Pratt from Kings Theatre Creative and Rachel Henare and Trish Little from the Kawakawa Business Association. A number of local artists have also been involved including Lorraine King, Hoana Paul, and Tash Nicholas.
Several public meetings were held to discuss community needs and safety as well as traffic observation surveys. The key outcome was to slow the flow of traffic through Kawakawa while enhancing the town identity. Ideas included creating an entrance at each end of town, additional pedestrian access, more seating and planting through town, and creating a central hub through the use of artwork. Artists have looked to Ngāti Hine cultural narratives and a mural entering town will acknowledge the significance of the river to the local community and tāngata whenua.
We are seeking feedback from the community to see if the changes are working or if there are any further improvements we can make. Complete the survey below to let us know how you, your tamariki and mokopuna are finding the changes.