Auckland Council


Phil Wihongi is the Māori Design Leader at Auckland Council. Appointed in 2016 his role entails working with the Auckland Design Office, mana whenua and Māori design industry professionals to incorporate Māori design into the heart of the organisation and the fabric of Auckland. Here, Landscape Architecture Aotearoa's Lee Taylor has a chat about Māori design in public spaces, encouraging more people into the landscape architecture profession, and more.

Most Creative People

Auckland Council's design champion Ludo Campbell-Reid was one of the People's Choice winners for Most Creative in government/politics/economics for Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. A strong voice in real life and on social media for more human-centred urban design and development, more affordable, well-designed housing and more public spaces that think about people rather than cars, Campbell-Reid is playing an important role in ensuring Auckland residents get a better city. Here, he talks finding inspiration, the biggest lessons learnt and what he's working towards.

Idealog Urban

Auckland Council recently released a video detailing how far it’s come with the design of the City Centre over the last 10 to 15 years, as well as its vision for Auckland’s City Centre and its waterfront in the years to come. We had a chat with Ludo Campbell-Reid about the pace at which his vision is coming to fruition, the most impactful changes already made and what’s to come in the future.


This isn’t just a cheeky bit of toilet humour: five of Auckland’s heritage public toilets are up for lease. Some of the council’s suggestions for utilising the space include opening a shop or a café.