Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is at 254 Ponsonby Road at the moment?

Currently, the site is leased to Lion Breweries who operate Liquor King. They also used to sub-lease part of the site to Nosh, but Nosh is currently relocating. 

2. What is the history of the site?

The original purchase was made for Queen Victoria in 1841. Ponsonby was known as ‘Dedwood’ by Europeans, until 1870 and became known as ‘Ponsonby’ from 1873.

In 1886 the building of a new Catholic church named Sacred Heart, was begun on the site at 254 Ponsonby Road and completed in 1887.

In 2006, the Auckland City Council purchased the site for a community open space. 

3. Why does Nosh have to go?

The Council purchased the site, at 254 Ponsonby Road for a Community open space in 2006 and it has always been the intention that the existing buildings would go. The Waitemata Local Board asked the community what they wanted for the site and the majority (77%) voted for a whole of the site park. When the park is eventually developed, Liquor King and Nosh will need to move – hopefully to premises nearby – which we think they are already now doing.

4. What is the timeline for the re-development?

This depends on many factors but hopefully, it will be within 3 – 6 years.

5. Who is involved?

The Auckland Council owns the land.

The Waitemata Local Board initiated the project.

A public submission process produced a clear preference for a whole of the site open space.

Local community and business groups, and people from the community now have the opportunity to participate, via a Community-led Design process, and come up with a design for the park and then a costing for the design.

The Waitemata Local Board will then advocate for funding for the park development.

Funding may come from a variety of sources.

6. What is ‘Community-led Design’?

Community-led design (CLD) is a process whereby a project is undertaken by a community group or organisation. It is a ‘from the bottom Up’, rather than a ‘from the top Down’ process.

It involves local people in decision-making that is informed by an ongoing process of community consultation, throughout the project.

7. How will it happen?

The Waitemata Local Board selected people from a variety of groups to initiate the whole of the site park objective. Initial planning for the Community-led design process led to a public meeting being held where interested people could join either the Facilitation Group or become a Communications Networker.

8. Can I be involved?

Anyone passionate about creating the whole of the site park, through a community-led design process, is welcome.

Contact us on: info@254ponsonbyrd.org.nz

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9. How much will the project cost?

The project cost is currently being compiled based on LandLABs design as chosen by the community. Once the Council Departments have completed this tranche of work, the Waitemata Local Board will advocate for the necessary funding. Funding may come from a variety of sources.