A pilot project that that’s been turning local streets into safe play spaces for tamariki, has been given the go-ahead to develop Tāmaki Makaurau-specific guidelines, Auckland Council reports. ‘Play Streets’ events were piloted across the country in 2021 following funding provided by Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency). “The Play Streets pilot showed us the benefits of empowering residents to use their local street spaces as play spaces,” says Councillor Alf Filipaina. “These resident-led events also helped neighbours get to know each other, creating stronger community ties.”