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Recent campaign results Dec 2021 - July 2022

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Wednesday 9 Nov 2022

Outlined below are some of the results from our significant campaigns and events that happen throughout the year. Each of them is designed to encourage spend, visitation and build the city centre's reputation as the best place to visit in Auckland for dining, retail, arts and culture.

Christmas Festival in the City, December 2021

This campaign ran throughout December and highlighted all of the reasons to come in and visit over the festive period. The headline event was the Christmas Light Show projection in Te Komititanga. This was delivered in partnership between Heart of the City, Auckland Council, and Precinct Properties for Commercial Bay.
Highlights include:

  • 750,000 completed views of the Christmas video - an increase of 37% vs 2020.
  • 46,000 people attended the Christmas Light Show projection over 21 nights.
  • 30 participants in our Christmas Windows competition.
    Christmas 2021: Light Show in Te Komititanga

Cheap & Cheerful Eats, May 2022

Running throughout the month of May, this campaign had over 100 deals from city centre restaurants and eateries at two price points: $15 and $30. The campaign focused on workers returning to the office as well as encouraging Aucklanders to come back and visit the city centre again.
Highlights include:

  • 79% increase in website clicks to Cheap & Cheerful Eats content vs 2021.
  • 78,000 page views of Cheap & Cheerful Eats content.
    Cheap & Cheerful Eats website banner

City of Colour, 6 - 22 May 2022

City of Colour, 6 - 22 May 2022 More than 50 art and light installations formed an art trail from Karangahape Road and throughout the laneways, squares, streets, tanks and trees across the heart of the city. It was the result of a partnership between Heart of the City, Auckland Council and a large number of other city centre partners, with a vibrant art programme co-curated by award-winning designer Angus Muir and Auckland Council’s city centre place activation principal, Barbara Holloway.
Highlights include:

  • Pedestrian counts up vs. the previous 3 weekends by 15% for Friday and Saturday, and 12% for Friday to Sunday.
  • 120,000 pageviews to City of Colour pages on

​An ad impact survey of 500 Aucklanders and 1,500 HOTC subscribers showed:

  • 64% of HOTC and 45% of Auckland respondents said the promotion made them feel more positive about the city centre.
  • 57% of HOTC and 40% of Auckland respondents said the promotion motivated them to visit.
  • 60% of HOTC and 58% of Auckland respondents that did visit, said the experience was positive and provided a reason for people to get together with friends and family.
    City of Colour website banner

Matariki ki te Manawa, June - July 2022

Over 25 special events and activations took place in the heart of the city, including the headline attraction – Pakiata Matariki – a large-scale projected light show that illuminated the Chief Post Office building in downtown Auckland. Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Council, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Heart of the City were proud to present Matariki ki te Manawa - Matariki at the heart.
Highlights include:

  • 25,000 attended to view the projection in Te Komititanga, downtown.
  • 38% increase in page views to pageviews to Matariki ki te Manawa pages on vs. 2021.

Matariki Ki Te Manawa website banner

Proudly supported by Auckland Council and the city centre targeted rate.

  • Christmas Bauble decorations in Te Komititanga.
  • City of Colour. Photo by Sacha Stejko.
  • WORLD window display for City of Colour
  • City of Colour Vacant Spaces Initiative
  • Michelle Ardern, Supplied by Auckland Council.
  • Tūrama, Queen Street, part of Matariki ki te Manawa. Photo credit: Luke Foley-Martin
  • Te Pa Harakeke, part of Matariki ki te Manawa. Photo supplied.