This project gives voice to the people Glen Innes and highlights how urbanisation affects the local community -(Through 360 media)
Glen Innes, a working class neighbourhood is suffering some of the most adverse effects of Auckland’s urban sprawl. As the demand for housing continues to worsen, Glen Innes, a previous afterthought (and last resort) is looking more appealing for redevelopment and investment.
Locals in Glen Innes now have to live with constant uncertainty and the possibility of being uprooted and relocated at anytime. The unitary plan and profit margins seem to care very little about community identity and connection to Glen Innes (in many cases this several generations deep.)
I thought sharing the untold stories of the community would help other people understand the culture and way of life we have developed in Glen Innes and highlight the importance of community.
Name: Niko Meredith
It is hard accepting the suddenness of the changes in Glen Innes. Families are literally disappearing from next door. The laughter of of kids that once echoed streets have been long trampled and forgotten like the rubble remains of what use to be my street.
I thought utilising 360 media would be the perfect vehicle for communicating the scale of the redevelopment in Tamaki.
The only media coverage that Glen Innes got was with the protest, I feel that this project is almost a follow up looking at the neighbour as it is forced to live with consequences of urbanisation.
Name: Peter Tagaloa
I’ve known Peter since we were kids, we grew up together. He lived in the house directly behind me and we went to primary, intermediate and college together.
When Peter shifted earlier this year it differently hit home to me the wide sweeping scale of the housing redevelopment. It just feels like the housing redevelopment across Auckland cares little for the family ties and community bonds.
Name: Tara Moala
Prior to the interview I had no connection to Tara. I think this interview balances and contrast well with the other stories within this project because she shares a different viewpoint on the Tamaki housing redevelopment.
Tara provides an even keel and hopeful opinion on Tamaki redevelopment.
Name: Eugene Meredith
Eugene is my father, and has lived in Glen Innes pretty much all his life. This interview gives comes from a voice that has seen the gradual changes in Glen Innes over the years and is able to put into context the changes that are happening now.
This interview echoes the tight-knit, family friendly community and way of life that is threatened by how these changes are being implemented in Tamaki.
Names: Veronica, Benji, Vera & Olalini
Unlike the other interview this was done as group. Veronica, Benji, Vera and Olalini (all cousins) highlight the extensive changes that Melling Street has undergone in a short space of time.
This group interview shows how young people who grew up in Glen Innes are impacted by the housing redevelopment in Glen Innes
I think the biggest frustration for me, along with other was the lack of consultation and education around the changes that were planned for Glen Innes.
Lack of meaningful consultation, (consultation was essentially window-dressing) crippled the image of the redevelopment in Glen Innes. This amplified the fact the decision about the future of Glen Innes were predetermined.
Seeing whats happened in Glen Innes leads me to question this so-called 15 year plan. The changes are happening far more rapidly then this plan would suggest.
The haste of the reconstruction of Glen Innes only adds towards the tensions between the community and the Tamaki Retransformation Company and Auckland unitary plan.
I am fully aware of Auckland’s housing crisis, changes throughout Auckland were inevitable. But to me it feels that Glen Innes was a guinea pig with great implications for the rest of Auckland and the voice of the community effectively means very little in the grand scheme of things.
Why Tamaki youth are Great
The significance of 79
79 is synonymous in Tamaki with Glen Innes, with G being the 7th letter in the alphabet and I being the 9th.
This video was created as the start of a social media campaign that was initiated following my previous interview.
The basic synopsis of this campaign was spreading a positive message that focused on youth in Tamaki on social media platforms with the #79Reasons.
“Tamaki Community, Humans of Tamaki, Panmure Library, Glen Innes Library, GI: Untold, The HEART Movement and Te Oro all want to change that perception.
They are sharing positive stories of youths they work with in the community.
Humans of Tamaki administrator Tara Moala, a youth worker for more than 10 years, says the campaign was a reaction to the negative attention.
“Our youth strive to be the best that they can be, day in and day out, for their families, their friends and themselves,” she says.