17 November 2021

The Kūmara Awards 2021 have been awarded to celebrate incredible placemaking happening across Aotearoa. It is a community-driven showcase of the outstanding placemaking projects happening in our communities.

Kōre te kūmara e kōrero ana mo tōna ake reka. The kūmara does not brag about its own sweetness - but others do.

This year, Eke Panuku congratulates the Jessie Tonar Scout Reserve project for winning a Kūmara Award.

We also congratulate the Great North Gallery and the He Pia He Tauira Programme for being shortlisted for an award.

These projects and groups continue to do amazing placemaking for Tamaki Makaurau. Eke Panuku thank you for your mahi that brings positive outcomes for place, communities, and the environment.

Jessie Tonar Scout Reserve, Northcote

Honoured with the award in the ‘Saving the World One Place at a Time’ category, judges recognised Jessie Tonar Scout Reserve “for being the flourishing result of collective regenerative placemaking efforts that nurture both people and place.”

Over the last 3 years, the Kaipātiki Project have been supporting placemaking and restoration activities in the Jessie Tonar Scout Reserve and within Te Ara Awataha, on behalf of Eke Panuku.

Te Ara Awataha is a 1.5km green corridor located in the heart of the Northcote town centre and housing redevelopment.

The Awataha stream flows through Te Ara Awataha, beginning at the puna (spring) in Jessie Tonar Scout Reserve. The majority of the stream has been confined to an underground pipe since the 1950s. The planned regeneration and daylighting of the stream will assist with stormwater management, provide a key public open space, connectivity and improve ecology.

The Kaipātiki Project work alongside community and mana whenua to ensure that the design and implementation of Jessie Tonar Scout Reserve is appropriate to the place and community.

Walking alongside the project from the beginning, we acknowledge our mana whenua partners Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Te Patukirikiri, Ngaati Whanaunga, Ngāti Whātua Runanga, Ngāti Maru, Ngā Maunga Whakahī o Kaipara, Te Ākitai Waiohua, and Ngāti Paoa Trust Board who ensure best outcomes for all.

Working with local community volunteers, corporate groups, and rough sleepers (via the Street Guardians Programme) the Kaipātiki Project remove weeds, plant natives, and monitor water quality in the reserve. They also engage with neighbours and locals, through monthly working bees.

These restoration and placemaking initiatives bring existing and new communities together to collectively develop a sense of tiakitanga and build the community’s capacity to look after this natural taonga now and into the future.

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