Locals are being asked for their feedback to help improve and refine the design of Te Whau Pathway.
The 12km path will link the Manukau Harbour at Green Bay Beach to the Waitematā Harbour at Te Atatu Peninsula along the western edge of the Whau River. It is a shared path designed for commuting and recreation for pedestrians, cyclists, mobility scooters, prams, and activities such as fishing and kayaking.
Parts of the pathway inside existing parks have been completed. Work is continuing on more path sections in parks and on the design of the boardwalk sections that will link those sections of the walkway to create a continuous path.
“This is an exciting time in the project as we begin to look in more detail at what the exact route will be,” says chair of the Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust Iris Donoghue.
“We are sensitive to people in the area who will have this facility close to their property and we want to hear from them during the preliminary design phase. When it is completed the pathway will breathe new life into the area as it showcases some of the river’s distinctive environmental and historical features.”
Manager of Walking, Cycling and Safety for Auckland Transport, Kathryn King says, “This path is a strategic part of the work we are doing all over Auckland to create a network of protected paths for walkers and people on bikes to get on and feel safe. As Auckland becomes more built up we have to carefully use the space we have so it’s essential that the community help decide what things will look like.”
The questions locals are being asked to think about include issues around the proposed route, the design, connections and access, as well as any issues they foresee from the creation of the path.
Feedback can be provided by:
- The Te Whau project page on this site
- Calling (09) 355 3553
- Talk to us in person at:
- Bay Olympic Soccer and Sports Club at Olympic Park, 36 Portage Road, New Lynn, on Sunday 19 March, between 10am and 3pm
- Kelston Community Hub, 68 St Leonards Road, Kelston, on Saturday 25 March, between 10am and 3pm
The public feedback period closes on Sunday 16 April. The project will then move to the detailed design phase, which includes prioritising sections of the pathway to be developed next, and applying for resource consent.
Notes to editors:
Key features and benefits of the Te Whau pathway
Te Whau Pathway will:
- Be a 3m (minimum) wide, 12km shared path for pedestrians and people on bikes.
- Link the Manukau Harbour at Green Bay Beach to the Waitematā Harbour at Te Atatū Peninsula, using concrete paths and a boardwalk through reserve land and the coastal area.
- Link 33 reserves, esplanade strips, sports parks and roads along the western edge of the Whau River.
- Provide safe walking and cycling connections to give people more transport choices.
- Offer better connections to 13 schools, and access to the Northwestern Cycleway and the proposed New Lynn to Avondale Shared Path.
- Offer an easy gradient, and accessibility in most places for people of all abilities.
- Maximise opportunities to experience the Whau River, and offer new spaces for recreation (such as fishing and bird watching) and education.
- Improve the natural environment through a clean-up of the water’s edge, restoration and weed removal following construction.
- Improve and promote better access to the river for small boats
- Attract tourists and visitors from other neighbourhoods to enjoy the coast-to-coast pathway.
- Include a Kaiarataki (Māori designer), procured in partnership with mana whenua, to apply Te Aranga Māori design principles in the pathway.