Dixon Street and Te Aro Park design improvements

We’re making urban design improvements to Dixon Street and Te Aro Park to increase safety and vibrancy of the area through the Pōneke Promise.

About the project

This project is part of the Pōneke Promise – our joint commitment to improving city safety.

One year ago the community came together to tell us they didn’t feel safe out and about in the city anymore – they asked us to step up and make safety a priority. Our data backed up these concerns.

Te Aro Park, Courtenay Place and the surrounding areas were looking and feeling unsafe, and so through the Pōneke Promise we set out on a mission to address this. Improving public spaces is a key part of the programme to revitalise the area and bring the buzz back. 

Stage one of the Urban Design project involves transitionary changes to Dixon Street starting in July.

Work includes:

  • Widening the footpath along the northern side of Dixon Street with wooden decking. This will visually and physically connect Te Aro park with the wider area and provide better sightlines to and from the park.
  • Installing planters alongside the decking which will help slow down the traffic, create clear boundaries between the street and pedestrian space and improve the look and feel of the space. 
  • Removing some carparks to create ‘parklets’ which will support businesses to utilise outdoor dining space.

Changes to parking:

  • The loading zones and mobility park will remain where they are currently located with improvement to the standard of the mobility park. 
  • The motorcycle park from Inglewood Place is also being moved to the southern side of Dixon Street due to Inglewood Place being closed for the work by Wellington Water.  
  • There are currently 42 carparks, 30 of which will be replaced with the decking and new motorcycle parking. The 12 remaining car parks will change to short-stay time-limit parking instead of paid parking. 
  • As part of Wellington Water’s Traffic Management Plan, the loading zone and two mobility parks are temporarily being moved around the corner to Dixon Street while construction is underway. The Dixon Street concept plan does not show these temporary parks. 

Stage two of the project involves urban design changes to the eastern side of Te Aro Park including the removal of the toilets, which will be rebuilt across the road in Inglewood place. 

We’re working with mana whenua to scope this stage of the project; we’ll have more information about the planned changes over the next few months. 

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design 

It’s about more than just improving the look and feel. At the core of this project is what we call CPTED, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Principals. There are some unique challenges in the area including the lack of visibility into the park past the parked cars, blind spots, narrow footpaths and lack of activation.

The new design for Dixon Street addresses these issues by creating better sightlines to and from the park, slowing the traffic, and providing more pedestrian and outdoor dining space.

Read about the wider work happening in Te Aro area as part of the Pōneke Promise:

What's on the go in Te Aro: Urban design and safety improvements (240KB PDF)


This project came about through the Pōneke Promise in response to safety issues identified in the Te Aro Park – Assessing Harm report. You can find this report, and more about the initiative, on our Pōneke Promise page.

More information

Charlotta Heyd 
Project Manger Pōneke Promise Urban Regeneration and Design 
Email: poneke.promise@wcc.govt.nz