Auckland Transport said yesterday it was about to give the Mt Roskill village a makeover “which will reflect the cultural landscape of Dominion Rd”. The project will run until Christmas.
Dominion Rd is the longest suburban street on the central Auckland isthmus, stretching from just beyond Upper Queen St (Ian McKinnon Drive links them) almost to the Manukau Harbour.
The Mt Roskill village – a small retail strip – is on the city side of Mt Albert Rd, which cuts across from Pt Chevalier to Royal Oak.
Auckland Transport’s projects director for portfolio delivery, David Nelson, said yesterday the council agency had worked with the Puketapapa Local Board, landscape architects Boffa Miskell & iwi.
Boffa Miskell had worked with iwi in 2013 to understand the stories of the landscape, flora & fauna of the area: “These cultural values are prominent in the design. Patterns derived from whariki (woven mats) will extend across Dominion Rd to link the village space, creating a central heart for the town centre.
“The rauputiputi weave design represents flowering, blossoming, growth. The southern wall of the laneway will see piwakawaka, tui & kereru, native bird species important to the area. Handcrafted kohatu seats will be made from locally sourced stone, from Te Tatua o Riu-ki-uta (Three Kings).”
Mr Nelson said the project wasn’t delivered late last year, as first promised, with Auckland Transport’s bus improvements because the plan for the area had become more extensive. He expected disruption during the upgrade would be minor.
Construction will be carried out on Dominion Rd, between Keystone Avenue & Jasper Avenue in the north and the Mt Albert Rd intersection in the south.
Attribution: Auckland Transport release.