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Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

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Summer on Queen’s Wharf

Auckland

New Zealand

Contributed by 
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
August 13, 2015
December 22, 2017

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In August 2011, downtown Auckland saw the introduction of a number of new public spaces and restaurants, as well as a tram loop in Wynyard Quarter. This array of improvements was in part the work of a newly formed public authority called Waterfront Auckland, who created the popular series of programs and events for Summer on Queens Wharf, which began in December 2015.

The event was comprised of two elements - a lunchtime food program called  "Kai on Queens," and an assortment of arts and sports-based activities called "Play on Queens." Tourists, office workers, and residents alike lined up for food and stayed for the picnic-like ambiance. Soon after the success of this event, an exhibition called Conversations in Mind opened to the public, in which fourteen artists came together to create artworks that explore the senses and the human mind through various expressive media. With this one-off Lighter Quicker Cheaper event, Summer on Queen’s Wharf helped this public-private Placemaking partnership to realize its full potential.

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Photo credits, from left: Waterfront Auckland via their website, Amy Kate via Facebook, Queens Wharf via Facebook, Queens Wharf via Facebook, Queens Wharf via Facebook, Bas van Est via Facebook

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Website: queens-wharf.co.nz

Facebook: facebook.com/queenswharfAKL

Twitter: @queenswharf

Summer on Queen’s Wharf
Sunrise yoga
Summer on Queen’s Wharf
Summer on Queen’s Wharf
Portrait drawing on Queens Wharf
Summer on Queen’s Wharf
Breakdancing on Queen's Wharf
Summer on Queen’s Wharf
Frozen treats for hot summer days
Summer on Queen’s Wharf
Free outdoor theater and music helped to activate the space
Summer on Queen’s Wharf
Summer on Queen’s Wharf

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