Innovating streets

Te waka o Waihopai

We’re working alongside the community to reimagine our public spaces to create better connections in our city.

The Invercargill City Council have received funding from the Waka Kotahi Innovating streets fund for three special temporary projects which will bring the chance to truly innovate the city’s streets.

The Innovating Streets fund uses tactical urbanism and co-design approaches, offering Council an opportunity to work with the community to investigate, experiment, and explore ways that our city streets could be improved and used in new ways, to create more people friendly and vibrant public spaces.

The funding will be used for three key projects, which will also complement the Invercargill City Centre Streetscape designs already underway.

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Between now and June 30 prepare yourself to see the streets come to life with community led pop up activations, events, art, culture and better connections into and around the city.

Keep an eye on our facebook page and in local media and around town to keep up to date with what is happening across the shelter, connection and activation spaces.

The projects are:

Deveron Street Activated Cycle Route

A pilot/trial project for improved cycling connections across the city centre and connecting major city parks and green spaces Queenspark and the Otepuni. The short-term project will include testing infrastructure options and community led “activations” along Deveron Street.

CBD Activations & street transformations

The Invercargill City Council is currently developing the masterplan for the CBD. Many of the streets in the CBD are undergoing a major transformation with Invercargill Central Limited’s development of a new shopping precinct and the nearby ILT Langlands Hotel development. Working with local businesses, community, schools and interest groups, the project team will work alongside the community in plans to bring life, activity, and fun to the streets to bring people into the CBD and to help them reimagine what the spaces could look like.


We’re often looking for shelter from the southern elements and this project will ask the question:

What is shelter? Community-led experiments and conversations will tease out what is needed in the city centre and findings will influence the design work of the streetscape design.

Co-design approach

The great thing about these projects is that they will be co-designed with the people that regularly use the spaces

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These projects are being led by community champions and supported by the Council and do delivery partners

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