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Vision for sustainable city centre

What we aim to achieve 

Auckland city centre will addresses the challenges of global climate change and urban growth via urban design. This part of the CCMP is shaped by targets and direction from the Auckland Climate Action Framework.

We are aiming to shape our approach in the city centre in regards to:

  • zero-emissions areas in the city centre
  • improvements to water quality in the Waitematā Harbour via water sensitive urban design
  • progressive moves towards a sustainable building stock
  • alignment with existing sustainability initiatives.

Why being sustainable is important 

The challenges presented by global climate change and city centre growth need to be addressed simultaneously through well thought out urban design.

Kaitiakitanga is a Māori resource management principle concerning the stewardship of natural resources.

The city centre is well placed to give greater depth and authenticity to sustainability principles and the concept of kaitiakitanga, working in partnership with iwi and others.

Vision of the masterplan

Zero-emissions areas 

Zero-emissions areas focused on Waihorotiu / Queen Street Valley and the Wynyard Quarter support the move towards the city centre having the cleanest air of any million-plus city anywhere in the world.

Urban design and sustainability 

We are planning progressive moves towards a sustainable building stock with New Zealand Green Building Council 5-star rating or above.

We want to achieve this rating on all council projects and joint venture schemes and promote it in all private schemes.

Treating water as a precious resource 

We recognise water as taonga with improvements to the Waitematā Harbour's water quality and through the application of water sensitive design features in public realm schemes.

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