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Te Whau Pathway

Te Whau Pathway will be a 12km shared path along the western edge of the Whau River between Te Atatū Peninsula and Green Bay Beach.

Consultation status: open until 16 April 2017. Find out about having your say.


Project status: Design/construction
Project zone: West


Project overview

Te Whau pathway mock-up crop

Te Whau Pathway project is a collaborative partnership between the Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust, the Whau and Henderson-Massey Local Boards, Te Kawerau a Maki, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council.

The pathway will provide a connection between the Waitematā and Manukau Harbours using concrete paths through reserve land and a boardwalk through the coastal area. The route will connect 33 reserves, esplanade strips, sports parks, and roads.

The pathway is being built in stages. Completion of the entire pathway is expected to take 5-8 years, dependent on funding.

Route map

The map shows sections of the pathway to be completed over the duration of the project.

View map of the Te Whau Pathway (PDF 1.3MB)

Benefits

  • Provide safer, more convenient connections to the city centre and within neighbouring suburbs.
  • Offer better connections to 13 schools, and access to the Northwestern Cycleway and the proposed New Lynn to Avondale Shared Path.
  • Maximise opportunities to experience the Whau River, and improve access to the river for small boats and kayaks.
  • 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.
  • Attract tourists and visitors from other neighbourhoods.

Timeline

  • 2015 - construction began.
  • 2015 to 2016 - pathways completed at Archibald, Ken Maunder, Olympic and McLeod parks.
  • March/April 2017 - public feedback on the scheme plan and preliminary design.
  • June 2017 - scheme plan and preliminary design complete; pathway sections to be developed next finalised.
  • 2017/2018 - planned construction of paths in Roberts Field, Tiroroa Reserve, Queen Mary Reserve and Rizal Reserve.
  • 2018 - resource consent process for the coastal marine area boardwalk.

Project details


Te Whau Pathway, a shared path for pedestrians and people on bikes, will be a significant link in Auckland's network of cycling and walking routes.

Find out more about Auckland Transport's cycling and walking programme.

Key design features

  • 3m (minimum) wide.
  • Easy gradient and accessibility in most places.
  • Include a Kaiarataki (Māori designer), procured in partnership with mana whenua, to apply Te Aranga Māori design principles.

Design images

Artist's impression of the coastal boardwalk

Te Whau Pathway artist sketch

Artist's impression of the boardwalk between Rata Street and Rizal Reserve

Te Whau Pathway Bridge Sketch

Scheme plans

The draft scheme plans show the proposed route of Te Whau pathway and the path design.

Download the overview plan and find the code for the area of the pathway you want to see in detail.

Overall draft scheme plan

View the overall draft scheme plan (PDF 1.1MB)

Individual scheme plans

All scheme plans from G301 to G336

Download all the draft scheme plans from G301 to G336 (PDF 9.6MB)

Design details and impacts

Boardwalk height

The pathway has been designed to last for 50 years. Because of predicted sea-level rise, the boardwalk has to be built for the predicted sea level in 50 year’s time, in a major storm event. A coastal processes assessment has estimated the sea level in year 2070 during a severe storm to be 3.46m (AVD-46 Datum) or 5.20m (Chart Datum). As a comparison, the current high tide generally spans between 1.2m to 1.8m (AVD-46 Datum).

The bottom of the boardwalk will be built at 3.5m. Any level lower than this will be a case-by-case scenario to be confirmed in detailed design. The height of boardwalk is yet to be confirmed and options to minimise the structure’s thickness are being explored.

Safety measures

The pathway has been designed to allow for maximum passive surveillance and sight lines along the route. As many access and exit points to the boardwalk sections as practical have been made. The pathway will be lit so it is useable throughout the day and night and for all seasons. In a couple of areas with low passive surveillance, an alternative route has been provided.

Visual impacts

The visual assessment showed that the majority of the pathway will have low to very low visual impact because of the path’s proposed alignment. Sone areas of boardwalk have been identified as having more than moderate visual impacts, these are:

  • Between Queen Mary Reserve and Lynwood Road.
  • At the end of Roberts Road, near Tiroroa Esplanade.
  • Near Cobham Reserve.

Consultation with affected residents will be undertaken to understand any impacts and work out ways to address individual needs and concerns.

Impact on trees

The alignment of the pathway has been designed, wherever possible, to minimise the loss of vegetation. Where removals are anticipated, these are mainly trees that are in decline, have poor form, low amenity value, or are classified as a pest species.

Areas of native vegetation that have been identified for removal are young plants and can be replaced by new planting. The pathway project includes significant areas of native re-vegetation following construction of the path and will improve the diversity and the quality of the vegetation along the route. For example, 7,000 plants were planted in Archibald Park last year and 8,000 will be planted this year in Ken Maunder, McLeod, and Archibald Parks.

Impact on birds

An assessment of the habitat along the route found 6 areas of potential high quality banded rail nesting sites. These areas have been surveyed and banded rail footprints were seen, so the pathway alignment was moved 20 metres to avoid potential nesting sites.

Impact on marine life

Marine fish diversity at the entrance to the Whau estuary is relatively high compared to other Waitematā sites, but given that fish are mobile and the route is inter-tidal, it is expected any effects on fish to be minor.

The assessment on marine life found that any impacts on marine ecology will be mostly due to construction activities. Details of how the boardwalks will be constructed is still being refined and recommendations provided from the marine ecology assessment will be used to decide the most appropriate construction method with the least impact.
Improving the stream’s potential as an inanga spawning habitat will be undertaken as part of the restoration work.

Impact on archaeological sites

Māori lived along the river for many years and there are lots of midden sites as well as the remains of brick works from early European industry. 40 archaeological sites in the vicinity of the pathway have been identified. In most cases, the pathway route will go around these archaeological sites. Further work is required in 9 cases to accurately pinpoint archaeological remains and work out what actual impact the pathway would have on these sites. Once this is done, the final positioning of the pathway will be confirmed during the consenting stage.

Landscape and urban design framework

The urban and landscape design framework defines the design principles and concepts of Te Whau Pathway to support the consent process and to guide subsequent design development.

The framework includes the design objectives and concepts for paths, bridges and boardwalks, landscape design, accessibility, wayfinding, and legibility of the whole route.


Construction stages

Stage 1 - completed September 2015

The first stage involved constructing 3 concrete sections of the walkway (total 1.6km) on reserve land at Olympic Park, Ken Maunder Park and Archibald Park.

Stage 1A - completed November 2016

This stage involved constructing the main pathway at McLeod Park and new path linkages creating connections to the main pathway at Archibald Park, Ken Maunder and Olympic Park.

Ecological restoration has begun at Archibald Park, and will continue in winter 2017, along with restoration at Ken Maunder Park and McLeod Park.

Stage 1B

Planning and consultation is underway on a planned pontoon for Archibald Park. Discussions are being held with local waka ama clubs and other river users to ensure the proposed pontoon is fit for purpose. If feasible, the pontoon will be built once funding has been secured.

More on-land sections of the pathway are in the planning stages, and will be built following consultation and consent. These paths in Rizal Reserve, Queen Mary Reserve, Roberts Field and Tiroroa Esplanade will connect to the coastal boardwalk sections of the pathway in the future (planned for 2017/2018).

Next stages

A project feasibility report has been produced and a scheme and preliminary design for the rest of the route is currently underway, and is due for completion in June 2017. This is what we are seeking feedback on in March/April 2017.


Have your say


We want your feedback to help us improve and refine the design of Te Whau Pathway. Local knowledge will give us a better understanding of how you will use the pathway, and any issues you may foresee.

Please tell us:

  • What you like and what you would change about the pathway route, and why (eg. any additional links/connections you would like added).
  • What you like and what you would change about the proposed design of the pathway, and why (eg. are there any additional links/connections you would like added).
  • Whether you think you will use the path, and where are you likely to travel to/from.
  • What additional links/connections you would like added.
  • If you foresee any issues arising from the creation of the pathway.

Have your say on Te Whau Pathway

If you have difficulty completing the online form, you can call us on (09) 355 3553 and our contact centre staff will fill in the feedback form with you over the phone.

Feedback is open from Monday, 13 March to Sunday, 16 April 2017.

Come and talk to us

Talk to us about Te Whau Pathway and check out the design plans and detailed maps:

  • Sunday, 19 March 2017 - Bay Olympic Soccer and Sports Club, Olympic Park, 36 Portage Road, New Lynn, between 10am and 3pm.
  • Saturday, 25 March 2017 - Kelston Community Hub, 68 St Leonards Road, Kelston, between 10am and 3pm.

After feedback closes

  • We will consider all feedback and use it to help refine the design of Te Whau Pathway.
  • We will also prepare and publish a report on the feedback received and any changes made to the proposal following the feedback period. If you provide your contact details when you give us feedback we will notify you when the report is available.
  • We will seek further community feedback at later stages of the project, including as part of the consent process.

For more information