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With so many areas in the city centre experiencing enormous change, activation is a great tool for helping people to understand how an area will work once the transformation is complete, as well as being a way to help manage the impact of construction

Lower Queen Street activation prior to CRL works. Image: Auckland Council

We’ve seen activations like pop up public spaces, performers and art installations help to bring vibrancy and life to areas where change is coming or happening – some examples include the lower Queen Street activation ahead of CRL and Commercial Bay works starting and the temporary Griffiths Garden on Wellesley Street – a community garden, event space and home to information centre Pā Rongorongo – adding a vibrant community hub in the midst of construction and on a site awaiting development for the Aotea CRL station.

People gardening in the community Rongoa garden as part of the Griffiths Garden activation on Wellesley Street in Auckland's city centre. Image: Kate Van Der Drift Photography
People in the Rongoa garden in Griffiths Garden. Photo: Kate Van Der Drift Photography