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Urban Regeneration and Social Cohesion.

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Conference paper presented at State of Australian Cities Conference, December 2019, Perth., ,

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This report examines the effects of urban regeneration in Glen Innes, Auckland, focusing on social cohesion and community displacement amidst housing redevelopment.

Initiated by the New Zealand Government and Auckland Council through the Tamaki Regeneration Company (TRC), this project aims to triple housing density by replacing aging state housing with modern mixed-tenure townhouses. Despite the intention to revitalise the area, the displacement of long-term residents has prompted concerns about community disruption and social stress. The research highlights the crucial role of TRC’s collaboration with community organisations in mitigating these effects, emphasising the importance of community engagement and empowerment in urban regeneration processes. It also explores the application of Te Aranga Māori Design Principles as a framework for inclusive urban design that respects bi-cultural values. The findings suggest that successful urban regeneration requires careful consideration of social justice and equity, pointing to the need for policies that support both physical and social infrastructure development. The case of Glen Innes serves as a critical example of the challenges and opportunities in urban regeneration, offering insights into fostering social cohesion through participatory design and community involvement.

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