Fiona Ting 2ND YEAR
AMETI Phase 2 is an Auckland Transport initiative to improve connectivity to Eastern Auckland. With only two access points over the Tamaki River, there is much pressure on the currently dominant private vehicular transport system. AMETI Phase two proposes expanding one of these access points, Lagoon Drive, which cuts through Mokoia Pa Headland and runs adjacent to Kaiahiku, Panmure Lagoon. Expanding the road by an additional two lanes will have adverse affects on panmure community. For Panmure, rather than an increase in connectivity, the community will see a further disconnect from their largest public space, Kaiakiki. Cutting away Mokoia Headland will disturb Ngati Paoa tupuna remains - an action similar to digging up a cemetery. These factors demonstrate AMETI Phase two priority of communities East of Panmure over Panmure itself; and in doing so relies on the existing four lanes of private transportation - a transport model that AMETI and the wider Auckland need to move away from.
The designer's alternative proposal converts two lanes of existing private transport to the proposed AMETI P2 bus way. Throughout Lagoon Drive, storm water interventions treat contaminated water coming off the AMETI P2 site as well as from the wider area, in a public wetland situated at the bottom of a catchment zone. The public wetland will be situated in existing Panmure Domain land, amongst YMCA, Panmure Pools, the skatepark and lagoon Drive itself. The design takes cues from the large scale of landscape the site is surrounded by, with Maungerei mountain in view and Tamaki Estuary feeding into Kaiahiku tidal lagoon. A large expanse is sunken and shaped into bunds that form freshwater and tidal wetland zones. The elevated boardwalk becomes the public space, als functioning as a pedestrian and cycle access along Lagoon Drive. Huge Kahikatea swamp trees signal the new public wetland, the presence of water that characterises this place, and reflects the scale and mana of the surrounding landscape.
Xsection Issue Three 2013/14 Placemaking