Bold new connections for Hawera
In 2013 Boffa Miskell developed the Hawera Town Centre Strategy for the South Taranaki District Council. This long-term strategy is set to revitalise the Hawera town centre, including several High Street laneways providing connections between the main retail area and other public amenities.
Korimako Lane is the second to be completed of its kind in Hawera by the South Taranaki District Council. This site, like Campbell Lane which was completed in 2017, started as a building with a rich history but unfortunately had become earthquake prone. Notably the previous building was once a wine bar and butchers’ shop. The design team took inspiration from this history and other existing site features such as old sliding doors and gantry.
Following community and iwi consultation, the lane itself takes its name from the indigenous Bellbird commonly seen in South Taranaki. The Korimako, or Bellbird, has cultural significance to local iwi and particularly to Ngati Ruanui as local mana whenua.
In this lane stormwater is captured by a site long raingarden, defined by a perforated concrete seating wall inspired by precast troughs which can be seen through the Taranaki agricultural landscape. The idea of a ‘washdown’ surface underpinned this and the approach to levels.
As part of the project, Council also redeveloped the adjacent Grubi Building which previously provided the connection that Korimako Lane now provides. This building now holds two retail business which front onto the lane.
Korimako Lane long term will play an important role in connecting people to Te Ramanui o Ruapūtahanga – Library, Culture and Arts Centre, which is positioned directly opposite the lane on the Main Street. This project is due to be completed 2019/2020.
Boffa Miskell was the Lead Designer, responsible for the external works.