Places for People – He Whenua he Tangata

Paiherea, kahore e whati 

The whakatauki that guides this project, “Paiherea, kahore e whati”, meaning: when the reeds of the toetoe are bundled together they will never be broken, separated they break easily (Te Awaitaia 1860).


Bow Street parklets planned

December 11, 2020

The Places for People, He Whenua He Tangata project team have been working on progressing a  project to trial new public spaces in Raglan, to help create a more people-orientated and cycle friendly downtown area. Two public parklets are planned for Bow Street, the designs for the parklets are being finalised with instalment expected in Feb 2021. 

Each parklet will have public seating and new bike stands attached, the concept behind these parklets is to give extra space for pedestrians and cyclists to use and enjoy the downtown area. 

The seating  areas will be there for people to enjoy in their lunch break, a place to have a rest when walking around town and a nice spot to sit and catch up with friends.

The graphic above is representative of what will be installed.

Parklets have been installed in towns and cities across the world with great success and we are excited to be getting our own specifically designed for Raglan. This is thanks to the funding that was awarded to the Places for People project from Waka Kotahi Nz Transport Agency’s  Innovating Streets Pilot Fund. Projects similar to People for Places are happening in towns & cities all over the country through this pilot fund.  

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Innovating Streets pilot fund supports quick & innovative improvements that can be trialled to create more people friendly spaces on the road reserve. By using this approach to test what works for communities we can create attractive, vibrant places that make space for people and help to support local businesses.

This is a wonderful opportunity as it allows us to temporarily trial new ideas, on the ground, get a feel for how they work and then decide if we want to keep them or change them. One of the limitations on this funding from Waka Kotahi NZTA is that it can only be used for projects on the ‘road space’ and not on existing green areas or public parks.  

For more details go to

The Bow Street parklets will be constructed from modular interlocking parts that can be moved and rearranged in different locations and layouts. The initial locations for the trial period will be next to the existing raised crossings on Bow Street, one in front of Ali’s Turkish Kebabs and Raglan Fresh Fish, the second parklet will be installed next to the raised crossing further down Bow St near Trade Aid. 

During the trial period we will be seeking further feedback from the community, once we have had the opportunity to experience utilising this new public space. The project team is enthusiastic about the parklet design and the benefits this will have for our community.  

Another part of the project is the Putoetoe Place area at the western end of town near Orca. Many members of our community provided valuable feedback for the area, much of which was in support of the project. The project team are currently holding constructive conversations with the directly affected businesses, ensuring they have the option to talk through their ideas and requirements. The project team would like to thank the businesses for making themselves available to discuss the project. 

The decision has been made that anything that does happen in this area will not go ahead until after Waitangi weekend, once the busiest time of the summer peak has passed. This will enable the team to design something that works well for the community and allow businesses lots of opportunity to contribute. 

Visit the Raglan Community Board website for more detail, to contact us and keep updated. 

If you want more information, contact the team via Dennis or Lisa.

We look forward to getting your input into this project.

Dennis Amoore

Mobile: 027 825 5807


Lisa Thomson

Mobile: 021 179 8256


News and updates (click the + sign for more info)

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Geoff Kelly
Geoff Kelly
6 months ago

After attending the first presentation evening I am dismayed with the lack of data there is no baseline data we don’t know how many cars come into town how long they stay how much they spend or where they come from if you want to experiment with tge llively hood of people in this town then at least come with supporting data not analogically scripted stories of what happened in other cities or countries
For me this is a rushed project that is all about spending the $300k and nothing about getting a good outcome for Raglan
This project should be deferred until we have data that supports the premise that a town square is good for Raglan
I would rather we give the $300 k back than rush into a project that is not properly scoped out
To be told by a committee member that my business needs to drop its prices is typical of the lack of knowledge that this committee is demonstrating on how a small business operates
Further more I dispute the net carpark gain argument its not the amount of car parks it is the location of those car parks that is important
We have just come out of Covid and our reserves are low we cannot afford an experiment that is untested we cannot have a bad summer caused by a trail or experiment
Also this forum is hard to use you cannot scroll up as you are typing to reread what you have typed so impossible to prove read
These are just some of my concerns and I have been in business at the bottom end of town for a number of years.

Matt Kambic
Matt Kambic
6 months ago

At first glance, I didn’t see a major flaw in the design.

It would make a remarkable centerpiece to this amazing town. Great opportunities for people gathering, coffee-sipping, busking, harbour watching, sunset musing, with kid’s spaces, bike racks, a good mix of shade and sun. A place for pleasant strolling and sitting, while maintaining access for vehicles to move through and park nearby, at all the added extra parking spaces. (This last dependent, as usual, on visitor numbers which do saturate on busy weekends.)

The design incorporates aesthetics that are both gentle and rocking, so to speak. And lots of greenery, both the established and the new. With very busy foot traffic, and a lot of extra outside seating, businesses generally should stand to gain, though they’ll have to suffer through the construction.

Most of all, for me, though, is the beauty of creating a true ’town square’ (town oval?) with all that positively entails for Raglan.
5 months ago

I’m “interested “ in the comments that appear to promote a discussion( somewhat deconstructively) why the council to whom we pay rates to, therefore own, have decided, finally to invest in our village that will maybe enhance our living in a developing communal space.I’m amazed that some residents seem to seek fault with the council’s intent to improve our environment..(historically WDC and Raglan District Council historically have not necessarily met the expectations of Raglan residents in regard the distribution of amenities to rate collection.
Hopefully that will progress to, believe it or not, footpaths beyond Waikowhai, Rangatahi and Flax Cove.)or for that matter anything “ within reason” and with due regard to the hopes and aspirations of our “collective “ community.
Whaingaroa has survived , its spirit intact and dare I say grown in spite of not necessarily because of the council but because of the community.
You’re doing a great job community board!!!

John Lawson
John Lawson
5 months ago

Did you consider making party bikes available to get to parking areas such as the rugby ground? eg

John Lawson
John Lawson
5 months ago