Principal - City Centre Place Activation

Date: 02-Jan-2022

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council


Auckland is maturing into a world-class city - one that reflects the changing way we use our city. From better public spaces to connected communities, to a stronger focus on enjoying our beautiful natural environment, Tāmaki Makaurau will be a city for all Aucklanders.

As the City Centre Programmes team in Auckland Council’s Development Programme Office, we are bringing to life the City Centre Masterplan – helping to transform Auckland’s city centre into a place that reflects who we are as Aucklanders, a place for all people to enjoy, where business and cultural expression thrive, and a place for future generations.

Auckland’s city centre is experiencing an unprecedented level of development from the public and private sectors, delivering billions of dollars worth of investment over the next few years. Significant investment in new public spaces and street enhancements is helping create a vibrant city centre.

Due to this significant growth, our team is expanding and has a number of new roles to fill. 


He angitūtanga: The opportunity

As the creative lead for the city centre activation and placemaking programme you will support Auckland Council's contribution to fostering a vibrant and welcoming Auckland city centre.


Working with the wider council whanau and Tamaki Makaurau’s creative communities, you will curate a programme of placemaking and activation initiatives in the city centre, enlivening public spaces and rejuvenating the public realm, strengthening the connections between people and the places they share. Exciting projects in the pipeline could see you working alongside mana whenua to weave Māori culture and values into the public realm, showcasing our diverse communities, arts, and culture in the festival calendar, supporting a neighbourhood through a period of change and bringing art and community lens to the recovery of the city centre post-lockdown.


You will play a key part in helping Aucklanders through periods of change, bringing diverse people together to celebrate, inspire and be inspired, and supporting local economic growth and perceptions of safety. This is an exciting time to join us!

He kōrero mōu: About you

You will have a highly developed understanding and experience of placemaking and collaborative approaches to plan, design and manage specific places, to maximise their shared economic, social, cultural, environmental, and physical capital.

You will have an awareness of contemporary events, arts and culture best practices and current trends locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. 
You’ll be successful at relationship management and weaving together creative, commercial and public good imperatives. 


You recognise that Te Ao Māori and our Māori communities should contribute significantly and meaningfully in the current reshaping of Tāmaki Makaurau, placing emphasis on Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau's role in contributing to Māori well-being.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou: What we offer


You will be at the heart of the vibrant and exciting placemaking and activation programme and the wider city centre transformation programme with the mandate and tools to make a meaningful impact.


You will be working for an organisation that embraces diversity and has a culture built on trust and valuing individual contributions. We offer a competitive salary; flexible working and you get to work with a team of dedicated and respected experts who share a passion for making a difference.


We want to make Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) great, so we won’t just settle for good. It’s time to step up as our region grows, open our minds, and develop new ways of working. This is a time of massive opportunity. Bring your talents and experience and be part of our ever-changing skyline. So come and join us - we know you'll be challenged and inspired!

This role is deemed safety-sensitive and in line with Auckland Council policy, you will be required to complete pre-employment drug and alcohol testing.  


To view the position description click here.


Applications close on 5th February 2022.

Auckland Council is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and we are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application to assist you through the recruitment process.


Any offer of employment from Auckland Council will be conditional upon you being fully vaccinated and providing suitable evidence of vaccination or medical exemption.