Facts & Figures

  • $4.5mCapital expenditure

Streets make up around 80 percent of the open space in the inner city. They get us from A to B but they can also be spaces where we spend time, congregate, and have fun.

Lanes provide short-cuts for pedestrians through large urban blocks and, if lined with shops, cafes or other public uses, can make a vital contribution to the liveliness of the city, as well as making it easier to move around. The success of Melbourne’s laneways – transformed since the late 1990s from service lanes to vibrant shopping and entertainment streets – provides a strong precedent.

Wellington has a number of lanes that are under-utilised, unattractive or unsafe.

We propose working with others to increase levels of economic activity and pedestrian movement along inner city lanes and streets.

The works will include physical improvements such as lighting in key locations. More importantly it will introduce a rolling programme of low-cost, pop-up activities at changing locations across the city.

The recent changes to Bond Street are an example of how these popular events can add a sense of place to an otherwise forgotten street.


  • New economic activity.
  • Makes the city safer, easier and more enjoyable to walk in.
  • Offers points of distinction and a sense of renewal to the city.


  • $4.5 million capital expenditure.

What you think

70% Feedback received that supports our overall plan

44 Number of times people have told us what they think about this idea

89% Feedback received that supports this idea

#14 Out of 28 ideas based on amount of feedback received.

Who would benefit most?

30% Local businesses
29% Local residents
26% Visitors to Wellington
10% Future generations
5% NZ as a whole
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Visitors to Wellington
  • NZ as a whole
  • Future generations
  • Other

How should we prioritise it?

41% High
32% Quite high
20% Neutral
5% Low
2% Quite low
  • Quite low
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  • High