Lysaght Building

101 Pakenham Street West. GridAKL’s first permanent building. Houses a mix of start-ups and SME’s with shared meeting, 100 person event space, technology and cafe facilities.

Startups are hard when you’re sitting at the kitchen table or alone in the garden shed. So BizDojo set up rad spaces including the one at GridAKL that bring people together.

It’s a whole lot more than a work space though. It’s a friendly community of like-minded people who share wins and fails, meetups, lunches, events and all sorts of random coffee-fueled chats. You’ll make loads of valuable contacts and connect with the people and businesses that you need in order to collaborate, learn and grow your business.

BizDojo can also link you to the serious stuff like accelerators, incubators, angel investor networks and local and national government programs to help you reach your goals. And the expert BizDojo team are on the ground to take care of the small stuff, whilst helping you achieve the big stuff.

If you’d like to cowork out of BizDojo at GridAKL please fill out the become a resident form over on the BizDojo Auckland website and one of the BizDojo team will get in touch with you or click the big button below to find out more.

GridAKL Pou Whakairo

This stunning pou was commissioned by Whaotapu and carved in the Museum of Auckland in 2015 . It is Waka maumahara, a design for a memorial post but which also refers to the location in the innovation precinct. The Pou is carved from a 600 year old kauri which fell in the Waitakere forest about 10 years ago. Carvers from all iwi within Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) area came together to work on the pou, bringing designs from their respective iwi.  Some involved were Vern Rossier, Lawrence Makoare, Rewi Spraggon, Ted Ngataki, Puhi Thompson and Wiikuki Kingi.

The design reflects Mataoho – the God of Volcanoes who played such an important part in shaping the Tamaki Makaurau landscape. A carving technique displayed here is called Haumi, which is the technique of joining logs together to create waka. This was an innovative practice that enabled tupuna to build bigger and stronger waka. The Tau along the ridge represents 20 peoples of Tamaki, 19 who have tribal connections to Tamaki Makaurau and 1 other to represent all the other ethnic groups of Tamaki. It is carved in the form of manaia heads – ‘mana’ and ‘ia’, meaning his/her mana. Another important feature is Kupenga at the base of the Pou. This is representative of the net-making and therefore joining together of all people.

This Pou beautifully represents the innovation of Maori and is perfect for its new home in the John Lysaght building, the centre of GridAKL’s Innovation Precinct.