Auckland Asia Trail report, 2003
The full report by Gia Nghi Phung in two parts (pdf documents).
This report presents the Asia Trail concept and vision for the Auckland City Council as part of the CBD planning process. The findings in this report are the result of a ten-week consultation process with the Asian community in Auckland, which includes the CBD zone as well as communities throughout the greater Auckland region. All aspects of this community are considered including health & safety, employment & immigration issues, youth, education & international students, community groups, social services, businesses & Asian investors as well as art & cultural activities.
This report aims to provide recommendations that will assist the Auckland City Council to develop a comprehensive strategy in promoting the Asian community as a significant part of Auckland’s vibrant and diverse cultural identity. The experience of the Asia Trail concept is aligned closely to the current experience of Chinatowns throughout the world. But the Chinatown model is merely a starting point. As the Asia Trail is not constrained by a historical association with Chinese ghettos, there are open possibilities for Auckland City to facilitate a framework in cultural harmony and generate a deeper sense of place and belonging. Building on the strengths of diversity, the long-term benefits of the Asia Trail will also be evident in a superior international reputation for Auckland.
Many community organisations, groups and individuals have endorsed the proposed Auckland Asia Trail in addition to the implications such a development will have on improving cultural relations in Auckland. In summary, the qualities that are highlighted through this community consultation process include:
• Protecting and enhancing Auckland’s cultural history and heritage that is expressed through its physical environment.
• Recognising the strengths of diversity and incorporate this advantage in appropriate and sustainable strategies.
• Developing connections of Asian cultures with other cultures through community participation in social, cultural as well as economic environments.
• Leveraging on existing services and activities to build continuity with community networks and enable the Auckland City Council to be an active leader in advancing the Asia Trail objectives.