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Invigorating our Cities and Communities with Partnership and Collaboration

  • 2024 February

The Symphony Centre project is a bold example of collaboration, cultural sensitivity and a people-centric approach.

Much like an orchestra, where each instrument contributes to the full complexity of a symphony, diverse voices uniting behind a shared vision can culminate in a striking harmony.

As well as helping revitalise arts and culture in the inner city, our aim for The Symphony Centre is to ensure the wider community will feel included and consulted as the project unfolds.

Why Partnerships Matter

Genuine partnerships, especially with iwi and community organisations, are fundamental in this endeavour, demanding clear intention, honesty, and transparency from all parties involved.

With over 25 years in the field, RCP take pride in our consistent success in project delivery and in nurturing robust networks nationwide.

We have cultivated lasting connections with government entities, local agencies, industry stakeholders, iwi, and community groups.

Effective engagement means not only aiming for good quality communication in documents and phone conversations, but also a commitment to face-to-face meetings or kanohi ki te kanohi.

This helps build strong and lasting relationships that will only improve over time as we learn to see and be seen by each other.

Creating a strong partnership ecosystem means being able to truly listen to each other, finding pathways to shared understanding and prosperity through what we have in common, not what divides us.

MRCB’s Sales & Marketing Director International Kevin Zhang (left), Woods Bagot architect Arfa Yasin (2nd left) and Interior Designer Kairangi Ama, with RCP Director Cristean Monreal.MRCB’s Sales & Marketing Director International Kevin Zhang (left), Woods Bagot architect Arfa Yasin (2nd left) and Interior Designer Kairangi Ama, with RCP Director Cristean Monreal.

How Partnerships Benefit Communities

When we work together the benefits include cohesive and collective and thinking, enhanced innovation, and pooled resources.

Together we are capable of addressing complex challenges much more efficiently than any single organisation.

In the case of The Symphony Centre, this ecosystem includes the private sector, government bodies, iwi and community organisations.

An integrated approach celebrates and uplifts each stakeholder's viewpoint and knowledge, recognising that all bring unique perspectives and expertise to the table.

A project that is rich in cultural authenticity will not only meet the needs of today but will provide future generations with a legacy to be proud of.

I am proud of my team, and the way they strategise and collaborate with our ecosystem of partners.

This pride stems from their ability to create strategies that incorporate diverse viewpoints and expertise, resulting in a project that is not just about buildings but about leaving a legacy of openness and inclusion that serves the entire community.

But it is also important to recognise the knowledge and expertise of others.

Being able to accept that you are not always the authority and having the modesty to acknowledge different perspectives is a valuable tool to unlocking true connection.

Aotea Arts Quarter Rejuvenation

The Symphony Centre is set to revitalise the Aotea Arts Quarter, promising widespread benefits for Tāmaki Makaurau's inhabitants and visitors.

It is poised to become a catalyst for cultural engagement, economic development, and social cohesion.

It will provide a platform for local talent, attract international acts, stimulate the economy and elevate Auckland's cultural distinction.

RCP’s Head of Community and Strategic Engagement Jack Bourke and The Arts Foundation’s General Manager Jessica Palalagi.

Commitment to sustainability has been a fundamental principle for the Symphony Project from its inception.

We are focused on ensuring sensible but significant environmental goals are met not only during the construction phase but also for the entire lifespan of the project, setting the standard for other construction projects to follow.

We anticipate the Symphony Centre project will stand as a testament to the power of unity in pursuit of common goals.

A well-built building relies on a network of interconnected foundations to ensure its strength and stability.

And the connections between people form the bedrock of a resilient community, supporting and enhancing each other.

Our strength grows when we lift each other up.

Mā pango mā whero ka oti te mahi.

By black and red together it is done.

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