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Waiheke 10 Year Transport Plan Waiheke 10 Year Transport Plan

In 2019, Auckland Transport (AT), the Waiheke Local Board and the wider Waiheke community worked together to create a 10-year plan for Waiheke's transport system. The final plan has now been approved by the AT Board for release.

About the Waiheke 10 Year Transport Plan

The first of its kind in Auckland, the Waiheke 10 Year Transport Plan is a living document that envisions Waiheke's ideal transport network for its people, character, environment and community. It's a plan for now and for the future.


As an outcome of Auckland Council's Governance Framework Review, AT and the Waiheke Local Board collaborated to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) (PDF 258KB).

The development of the Waiheke 10 Year Transport Plan was one of the key actions resulting from the MoU.

The plan will:

  • set out Waiheke's goals for its transport system, particularly 'on island', and take a strategic view of Waiheke's future, considering its economy and role.
  • provide a prioritised list of projects, plans, services and processes on Waiheke to be considered for funding from 2021 to 2031.
  • recognise Waiheke's unique character and the pressures the island is experiencing now and into the future – particularly due to tourism and population growth.
  • evolve with Waiheke's changing transport needs.

Co-creating the plan

Developing the plan has been a collaboration between AT and the Waiheke Local Board. This co-operation has been vital in creating a common vision and purpose for the plan.

As well as guiding the development of the plan, the MoU has helped enhance the AT-Waiheke Local Board working relationship. It has clarified roles, outcomes and how we work together, and it gives the Local Board, as the elected representative of the Waiheke community, a greater voice in influencing AT's activities.

More information on the development of the plan can be found on page 17 of the Waiheke 10 Year Transport plan document.


Read the full Waiheke 10 Year Transport Plan (PDF 7.44MB, 36 pages).

Public engagement

The draft plan was consulted on with the Waiheke community between 25 July 2019 and 25 August 2019.

During the consultation period, the Waiheke community provided 450 individual pieces of feedback, representing a strong community voice.

Residents crossing on the zebra crossing in Oneroa, Waiheke

Key themes to emerge from the feedback were:

  • The Waiheke community is interested in road safety and reducing speeds.
  • They want more footpaths and cycleways, especially for school children.
  • They want to protect the environment, especially from stormwater run-off and costal erosion.
  • They want to ensure that Waiheke's character is reflected in the design of the network, including roads, the public transport network, footpaths and cycleways.

The Waiheke community's focus on safety reflects the Vision Zero principles that AT embraces. We are putting safety at the heart of our business, where our road network is safe for all users. No deaths or serious injuries on the transport network are acceptable.

Public feedback report

Download the public feedback report for the Waiheke 10 Year Transport Plan (PDF 1.04MB) which summarises the feedback received.

Consultation outcomes

As a result of the community's feedback, four main changes have been made to the plan. More detail is available in the public feedback report above.

Scoring criteria for prioritising the projects

We used community feedback to enhance the scoring criteria for prioritising projects. The criteria now allow for a separate focus on the environment and character. Previously, cultural and natural environment were part of the same criteria, 'character'. Also, feedback from the community is now its own prioritisation criteria. All criteria have the same weighting:

  • Strategic fulfilment – roads with greater use and role are prioritised (no change)
  • Safety – the project increases safety, particularly for vulnerable users (no change)
  • Access – the project improves access for people on public transport, on foot, on bicycles or with accessibility needs (no change)
  • Cultural environment – iconic projects, the project supports character, and incorporates heritage (new)
  • Natural environment – the project improves outcomes for natural environment (new)
  • Community feedback – a score is assigned from the net positive votes received for each project (new)

Using the new scoring criteria, we have reprioritised the projects. A list of the top 50 projects can be found on page 20 of the Waiheke 10 Year Transport Plan with the new ranking, and the original ranking of each project prior to consultation.

Projects are not guaranteed to receive funding. See next steps.

How the projects are grouped

There is no longer a single list of projects. Projects will now be grouped by type. This means they will not compete for priority where they are funded by different parts of AT.

These are the top projects by type:

  • Road projects:
    • Speed reduction.
    • Safety improvements Ostend Road.
    • Intersection upgrade Belgium/Ostend/Whakarite.
    • Belgium Street improvements.
    • Traffic calming on Donald Bruce Road.
    • Progressive upgrade of eastern loop road.
  • Public transport:
    • New park and ride at Ostend.
    • New park and ride at Surfdale (Hamilton Road).
  • Active transport:
    • Cycling provisions to schools.
    • Pedestrian facility improvements around schools.
    • Causeway Road active transport facility.
    • Oceanview Road active transport facility.
    • Surfdale Road active transport facility.

Process items to become standard AT practices

Some items, such as the Waiheke road hierarchy, a focus on accessibility, a Waiheke design guide, ensuring cultural considerations are incorporated into projects, and stormwater and erosion considerations were identified as ‘process’ items. They have been endorsed for incorporation as standard AT's project practices.

Additional projects

Feedback helped us identify projects that were not on the list of projects to be prioritised. These will be considered for inclusion into the full plan in the future.

There will be future opportunities for feedback around individual projects as they move towards delivery.

Next steps

Now that the AT Board has approved the plan, the Waiheke Local Board and AT will continue to:

  • collaborate and undertake joint planning (on-going),
  • deliver on existing projects, plans and processes already committed to (to 2021),
  • progress funding and delivery of the 10-Year Transport Plan and its associated projects (2021-2031),
  • and monitor and update the plan regularly as needs change (on-going).

Based on the public feedback received, the projects from the plan will be submitted for consideration in the 2021 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). The RLTP is the overarching programme of all AT's activities over a 10-year period, with funding confirmed for the first three years of that period.

While the selected projects from the plan will be submitted for consideration in the RLTP, they are not guaranteed to receive funding.

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