WAIOREA COMMUNITY RECYCLING CENTRE – WESTERN SPRINGS
re-source : going back to the root of what nourishes us
Auckland’s goal for Zero Waste to landfill by 2040 calls for a radical shift in how the people of Auckland see and manage their ‘waste’ streams and the infrastructure to support these new behaviours. This shift ultimately engages everyone in our city, inviting all people to become partners in the transformation to unleash the new potential of waste as a resource.
The Waiōrea Community Recycling Centre will be a critical hub within the Auckland Regional Resource Recovery Network, and essential to facilitating Auckland’s zero waste to landfill goal. As the drivers of this project, Auckland Council’s team understood the need to ‘work outside of the box’, to bring a new approach to the creating of this flagship facility.
This project is developing both a physical asset within a site specific place in Western Springs, as well as nurturing a developmental journey for very diverse communities, both locally and regionally. Our way of thinking and the quality of our process will make all the difference. How do we work together? How do we bring people together in a way that builds a sense of ownership, alignment and excitement for the changes?
“Our primary role is actually to be a facilitator and catalyst for change – we’re not in there doing all the doing. We’re supporting and encouraging community leaders to grab hold of the opportunities and run with them.” (Stephen Town, CE Auckland Council July 2016)
Within the everyday business, design, development and construction for the Central Community Recycling Centre, we have the opportunity to cultivate new ways of working positively and productively together – Council partnering with Mana Whenua and engaging meaningful with various stakeholders. What’s called for is an holistic methodology capable of holding this complexity and reconciling the many unknowns.
Cabal brings a focus on helping create the conditions for all participants to discover their role, in contributing to design and development processes, in a way that enriches the quality of the human and ecological outcomes, and helps realise the new, as yet unfathomable, rich potential for our people and place - beyond ‘waste’.