Island Bay village upgrades

We are planning to upgrade the public spaces and look and feel of the Island Bay shopping centre along The Parade.

About the project

Funding for the village upgrade was approved in our Long-Term Plan 2021-2031. The aim is to improve access, increase safety, and strengthen the suburb's special identity.

The project covers the main shopping area, in conjunction with the Parade Safety Improvements that looks at creating a separate cycle lane and road markings. These two projects will be delivered together.

Where things are at

Working with people who live and run businesses in the area, we developed a concept design that will:

  • prioritise pedestrians
  • strengthen the identity and special character of Island Bay village
  • improve safety and accessibility
  • provide more attractive and functional spaces for community activity
  • resurface footpaths and improve the lighting

To improve access and safety, and accentuate the suburb's coastal location, the new design elements include:

Environment: Garden beds with native coastal plants and grasses, and raised planter boxes.

Lighting: New lighting in the pedestrian laneway between The Parade and Clyde Street, up lights to make a feature of the trees and seats.

Public spaces: Resurface footpaths to improve accessibility and safety, create appealing places to stop and rest with new benches and bespoke site-specific seats, install new bins and bike racks, and create more space for businesses where people can sit and relax.

Arts and heritage: Include stories and quotes that reflect the area's history in surfaces and signs, and have local artists develop murals on the public toilets and in the laneway between The Parade and Clyde Street.

Outside Island Bay Library: Upgrade the outdoor space so it is more appealing and accessible, create a place where people can stop and sit, and make some changes that will appeal to children.


The changes planned on The Parade through the main shopping centre have been designed to cohesively link and complement the bike lane improvements that have been completed.

The design has a marked path that will connect with the lanes north and south of the shops for people who want to safely and slowly bike or scoot into or through the shopping centre.

Together, these changes will allow people of all ages and abilities to ride more safely all the way along The Parade if they want to. They will also make it clear where people should ride or expect to see bikes, and where pedestrians have priority.

Island Bay annotated concept plan (14MB PDF)

Updates to scope

Mersey Street is now out of scope so we can have our primary focus be on the main shopping area benefits. Overall the benefits/outcomes of the project are still being achieved, such as; enhanced value of public space, reduced risk of harm, and contribution to place and identity. Whilst Mersey Street is out of scope for public spaces, we are considering adjusting road markings in the area.

Next steps

We have finalised the issue for construction documentation, which has been reviewed and approved by subject matter experts and council asset owners. Our delivery team have also been preparing and negotiating a contract for works, taking into account the significance of the Island Bay project.

Following public feedback, conversations with businesses, and considering the upcoming busy season amidst the 'no works' period in December, we have decided to start construction at the beginning of 2024.

Wharepaku mural painting

Experienced local muralist Gina Kiel painted the public wharepaku on the corner of The Parade and Medway Street in the first stage of these works.

For more information on this mural, read the Our Wellington story

Map of the area of changes, showing The Parade from the library in the South, to just pas Avon Street in the North.

More information

Urban Design: Public Space Design + Delivery Team

For specific queries on the public space, including the parking, traffic resolution and safety improvements on The Parade, contact the project email

For detailed information, and history on the safety improvements project please visit The Parade Transport projects webpage