A gathering space designed to encourage people to come together.

The Common includes seating and kai tables, together with planting and a rain poem. The poem references the traditional Maori proverb behind Matai Common, the name of the gathering space, Ruia taitea kia tu ko taikaka anake (Let the common people and children stay at home, and the warriors only go to fight).

Its proximity to the new Hoyts cinema and Bus Interchange makes it ideal for events and activities for young people.

  • Mollett Street, Central City
Size and surface
  • 950m2
  • Paved surface
Key features 
  • Rain poetry (A poem stencilled onto the laneway using an invisible spray, only reveals itself when the area is wet)
  • Large pounamu
  • Shared pedestrian/cycle/vehicle lane
  • Catenary lighting along Sugarloaf Lane – height restrictions apply
Suitable for
  • Up to 500 people
  • Suitable for smaller public events and promotions
  • Infrastructure
  • Vehicle access
  • No private events
  • Traffic management may be required as Mollett Street, Sugarloaf Lane and Te Pohue Lane are legal roads.
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.
  • Parking (external link) – Limited street parking
  • Bus stop(external link)
  • Mobility friendly