A gathering space designed to reflect the importance of caring for people (kia atawhai ki te iwi) and understanding the critical role of nature in our lives.

The space is designed to draw people together, in a setting that celebrates cultural and natural heritage values; provides opportunities for informal learning outside the classroom; and provides tables and seating designed to reflect traditional stone tools and encourage interaction and kai sharing.

Plant species have particular qualities to support the critical role of nature and include purifying and water cleansing properties, those that attract native wildlife, birds and butterflies; those that nourish and provide a source of kai; and plants with healing qualities and used in rongoa (traditional Maori medicine).

  • The common is part of a block bordered by Montreal Street, Tuam Street, Durham Street South and St Asaph Street, Central City
Size and surface
  • 725m2 – Kahikatea Common
  • 400m2 – The Arcade
  • Paved surface
Key features 
  • Shared pedestrian and cycle lane
  • Covered section provides shelter from sun and rain (The Arcade)
Suitable for
  • Up to 500 people
  • Suitable for smaller public events and promotions
  • Infrastructure
  • Vehicle access
  • No private events
  • Traffic management may be required depending on impact on pedestrian/vehicular access to Lava Lane as this area is designated a legal road.
Available facilities
  • Power –  Two power boxes each containing:
    • Two 32amp three-phase sockets
    • Two 10amp single-phase sockets
  • Water (hose connection)
  • Drinking fountain
  • Bike racks
  • Seating
  • Litter and recycling bins
  • Lighting – Standard street lighting along pathways. Roof-mounted lighting in The Arcade 
  • Parking(external link) – Limited street parking
  • Bus stop(external link)
  • Mobility friendly