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Engagement in Action winner announced

We received some fantastic entries to our first ever photography competition highlighting authentic engagement in action.

Photo taken by Victoria Ly; JACOBS, Auckland Transport, Isthmus and Community Collaboration Panel members.

And our IAP2A Members have voted, though with so many great entries, it can’t have been easy.

A big congratulations goes to Victoria Ly for her entry, “Community engagement Journey starts at a bar – Connected Communities – A collaboration programme for the community.”

Victoria has won her choice of a free training course, or registration to this year’s IAP2A Conference.

And once again, thank you to all our entrants for taking the time to showcase authentic engagement in action.

About the photo

Being collaborative means starting the journey of engaging with the community at their local bar, the Kingslander in Kingsland. In the photo, you can see community members engaging and presenters
articulating the value of collaboration. 

As Auckland’s population increases and more people join the road network, there is a need to make roads safer and easier for people to move around. The Connected Communities programme aims to improve the transport choices along the arterial roads to better connect local communities whilst also improving safety outcomes for all road users and help create thriving town centres.

Auckland Transport has identified a series of investments, upgrading key arterial roads, improving the overall public urban realm and street environment. This has been named the Connected  communities project.

The New North Road and Symonds Street upgrade is the first project for the Connected Communities programme and lies within the Whau, Waitematā and Albert-Eden Local Board areas.

The project relates to the development of proposed changes along the New North Road Corridor (NNR Corridor) to improve safety, public transport, walking, cycling and other active modes. The project will address the identified problems relating to:

  • limited travel choices
  • poor customer experience of public transport
  • real and perceived road safety issues
  • poor environmental and liveability outcomes.

A collaborative engagement approach

Public interest in the development of transport projects has increased. To align projects with the community requirements and desired travel choices, Auckland Transport has introduced a new and authentic way of engagement through the use of Community Collaboration Panels (CCP). The purpose of this engagement is to strengthen relationships with the local community, identify key community requirements to be incorporated into the development of options and transparently develop infrastructure projects. The outcome sought is a preferred option that meets the needs of both the community and corridor users.

Four Community Consultation Panels (CCP) were formed as part of the new consultation process to reflect the unique communities that the NNR corridor traverses. In addition to the four CCPs, a Whole of Corridor Panel has been established comprising of representatives from organisations that have an interest in the corridor and programme-wide issues.

The CCPs’ role is critical in developing options for NNR as a key transport corridor as they provide twoway communication between Auckland Transport and the local community. They will be used to provide advice on their areas of interest and expertise to support corridor-wide initiatives.

Four engagement steps used by Auckland Transport to achieve the project aspirations and objectives:

  • Build trust with key system players;
  • Engage programme level partners, stakeholders and affected communities through engagement methodology of collaboration, communication and partnership opportunities;
  • Engage on option development by targeted channels to best meet each community’s needs;
  • Re-engagement, evaluation and monitoring.

Thank you to the collaboration team – Community Collaboration Panel members, Auckland Transport, Isthmus, GHD, Flow, and Jacobs.

Take a look at all the entries.