To accompany our Placemaking Kits and to support the development of meaningful activations across Auckland, this page is a living list of advice, links and information covering the whole process we follow in the kits. Got something you’d like to see here or contribute to? Let us know!

  • Use what you have at home,  we all have a stash of old camping chairs, pot plants or timber lying around, use this as a great excuse to clean out your shed and cupboards.

  • Borrow from your neighbours, John from number 45 has that great bench seat he doesn’t use much..
  • Use the PMW Facebook group, the PMW team will be posting up any resources they hear about but don't be shy about posting things you need or have to share. 
  • Cruise your neighbourhood, although (sadly!)  the inorganics collections isn’t happening anymore, there is still lots of stuff left out on berms: cardboard boxes, furniture, crates and pallets from shops.

  • Talk to your local community centres and schools, they often have furniture and gazebos you can borrow, my local community center in Pt Chev sourced a smoothie bike for an event I ran recently.

  • Think about natural resources: Harakeke for mats and baskets, shells for decoration, excess fruit and veges to give away, flowers to add a pop of colour.  Be sure to take in moderation.  If you don’t have your own produce to give away, check out this food sharing resource article here.

  • Check out and post on Neighbourly or your local area community Facebook pages

  • Ecomatters have a great adopt-a-resource program connecting community groups with waste from local businesses, they have pallets, buckets and heaps more.

  • Freecycle pages lists many free resources and you can also request items.

  • Resene offers free paint to community groups that apply through their website.

  • Community recycling centers have lots of great bits and bobs you can pick up for a small fee.