Wesley Engagement Update - July 2022

06 Jul 2022
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Kāinga Ora is delivering 11,000 new homes as part of the Roskill Development over the next 15 years, and many of these new homes will be in Wesley. The new homes will be a mix of state homes for Aucklanders who need housing assistance, homes to buy – including more affordable homes – and homes to rent. At the same time, we’ll be renovating Wesley’s parks, public spaces, walking paths and underground infrastructure. It’s a major transformation that will bring a fresh vibe to the streets. 

Between February and April 2022, we asked the community to join the kōrero, and share their ideas and vision for the Wesley neighbourhood. We received a huge amount of feedback, through our Social Pinpoint map, website, online community events, and in writing.

We heard from Mana Whenua, local residents, state home tenants, property owners, community groups, local businesses, Council boards and more. We asked the community what they loved about the Wesley neighbourhood, what could be improved, and what changes they’d like to see in the future. 

There was general support for more homes and apartments in Wesley, built to a high standard with a living well together focus. As part of the planning and design of new homes, you asked for more indoor and outdoor spaces, and good accessibility options to support different ways of living. 

To make getting around the Wesley neighbourhood easier and more sustainable, you wanted more (and safer) walkways and cycle paths, improved public transport networks and better connections to local business and employment hubs. 

You were also keen to see more multipurpose community venues, recreational green spaces, and sports facilities in Wesley. You wanted these shared spaces to be safe, whānau focused and pet friendly. It was also important that existing public services like libraries and schools, could support the growth of the neighbourhood. 

Improved business and employment hubs featured in your feedback. You wanted more local employment opportunities, improved access to shops, cafes, restaurants and health services. It was also important to actively celebrate the unique cultural diversity of the Wesley neighbourhood. 

The protection of Wesley’s natural environment also came up in the kōrero. You wanted to enhance biodiversity, upgrade infrastructure and improve the neighbourhood's waterways, waste systems and streetscapes. You wanted to protect and retain existing trees, and see more native planting. 

A heartfelt mihi to everyone who got involved and contributed their thoughts and ideas! If you’d like to learn more about what was said click here.

Finally, stay tuned for our second series of community engagement events, coming in July, where we’ll be sharing the draft masterplan for Wesley with the community. You can find out more about the next steps for the Wesley neighbourhood here.