In 2016, eight years into Sustainable Coastlines’ journey, our team and volunteers were absolutely bubbling over with ideas to reach different communities with workshops, education, and events. We needed a place for Sustainable Coastlines to call home: the idea for The Flagship was born.

Just as Sustainable Coastlines is grass roots, sustainably minded, and people focused, so too would be our venue. We partnered with council-controlled organisation Panuku Development Auckland and settled on a location in dynamic and up-and-coming Wynyard Quarter.

We knew from the beginning that we wouldn’t be chucking any old prefab on the site, and we made the decision to align the project with the Living Building Challenge to potentially create Aotearoa’s most sustainable building. 

Complementing the main education and events space is the adjacent Sustainable Coastlines office. This structure was donated by Samsung after use in their ‘Home Smart Home’ campaign, repurposing it and extending its life by converting it into this innovative space.

Today, The Flagship is an events, education and training space that brings a wide range of sustainability-focused activities to the area, and is open to the public from 10am to 5pm every day. Visitors are invited to explore the good, the bad and the ugly about our coastlines and waterways through engaging, family-friendly displays. The Flagship is also available for hire for community, corporate, and private functions.

Visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle, and take public transport to the centre and — being stationed in the corner of the Jellicoe car park — the building replaces car parks with bicycle racks, helping to reduce traffic and air pollution in the area.

The Flagship Sponsors

Sustainable Coastlines would like to acknowledge project partners for their generous support, in particular to Panuku Development Auckland, Samsung, Department of Corrections, APL, Vector, Benefitz, Singapore Airlines, Jasmax, Frequency Projects, Holmes Consulting Group, Holmes Farsight, Thorburn Consultants, Berry Simons Environmental Law, Livefirm, StructurFlex, AECOM, Hawkins, Nuralite, Downer, Perry Metal Protection, Green Vision Recycling, Black Interiors, Waitematā Local Board, Firth, Jucebox, Woods, Assetcare, Resene, Abodo, Pure By Plants, Tanks A Lot, Aqua Go, Inject Design, Greenwood Associates, Mainfreight, GWE Consulting, Ngati Whatua Orakei, NDY, Sitka, Ecoglo, 90 Seconds, Cosgroves, Eventbase, SC Johnson, Yakka Demolition, Spax Pacific, Rapid Rent a Fence, Ward Demolition, Premium Flooring, WSP Group, Nexans, Firestone GeoGard, Bioloo, Autex, Project Unite, Specimen Tree Landscapes, The Fire Guys, Hanging Gardens, Greenscene and Entwine.

Our Vector Solar and Battery System

Vector is supporting our goal to achieve Living Building Challenge certification, making it the first fully certified ‘Living Building’ in Auckland. Part of this challenge is for the building to generate 105% of the building’s energy needs. Thanks to Vector, we can achieve this goal with the battery and solar system that they have generously installed. Check out the video below to see how it works.