Location: Takapuna, Auckland
Te Ao - The context
In 2008, an initial submission was made to the North Shore City Council, and then to Devonport- Takapuna Local Board (2010) for a youth space as part of the 10-year budget setting process. Young people felt that there were limited options for safe, social hang- out spaces where they felt they belonged and could take ownership of.
‘The overall consensus was that beyond looking at shops or eating, there was not much to do (that young people could afford) and they often felt like they were loitering simply because there was nowhere they could go. Transportation is a common barrier to their engagement with the community, as is cost or affordability of activities.’ - North Shore Youth Venue Feasibility Report, Point Research, 2014
Mauri - What created the spark
“We wanted an area that we could identify as ours. You’ve got all these senior citizen halls, memorial halls - different spaces which are fairly dynamic and useable for different purposes, but we didn’t have a youth- space.” - Joe Bergin
After several years of delays including an unsuccessful attempt at a ‘youth space’, additional feasibility studies, and the Auckland supercity amalgamation, an old RSA building became available in 2015.
YES Disability was granted a 20-year lease with an additional 10-year right to renewal and charged with raising $2.7 million in funding for the fit- out costs, as well as engaging with young people to understand what they wanted the space to become.
Hononga - The organisations that made it happen
- Initial project scoping: Shore Youth Council, Devonport- Takapuna Local Board, Zeal Education Trust
- Initial youth engagement, guiding the project and appointing a design consultant: YES Disability
- Architect: Matthew Godward
- Building contractor: Brosnan Construction
- Ongoing management: Shore Junction