Have your say on Te Whau Pathway
Consultation closed on 16 April. Results will be shared here once they are available.
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. We want to improve travel choices within your area so you can get to work, school, your local shops or park safely and easily.
The pathway will follow the western edge of the Whau River between the Waitematā Harbour at Te Atatū Peninsula and the Manukau Harbour at Green Bay Beach.
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.
Construction of the first stages of Te Whau Pathway began in 2015. Sections of the pathway have been completed at Archibald Park, Ken Maunder Park, Olympic Park and McLeod Park. The pathway will include the recently completed cycle facilities on Portage Road. The completed segments will be joined to boardwalk sections of the pathway, to provide a continuous route between the harbours.
Ecological restoration has begun at Archibald Park, and will continue in winter 2017, along with restoration at Ken Maunder Park and McLeod Park.
Completion of the entire pathway is expected to take 5-8 years, dependent on funding.
We want your feedback to help us improve and refine the route and 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.
Key features and benefits
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
- 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 city centre via 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
- Improve and promote better access to the river for
- 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 design.
How do I provide feedback?
If you wish to provide feedback, you can:
Go to AT.govt.nz/haveyoursay and fill in the online survey.
Talk to us in person at an open day:
– Bay Olympic Soccer and Sports Club
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.
Public feedback is open until Sunday 16 April 2017.
What will we do with your feedback?
- Consider all feedback and use it to help refine the route and design of Te Whau Pathway
- Prepare a report on the feedback received and post it on the project webpages. The report will include 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.
Your feedback is important to us. Once we have received all feedback, we will use it to help refine the design of Te Whau Pathway.
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.
We will seek further community feedback at later stages of the project, including as part of the consent process.
- 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.
Design details and impacts
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.
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.
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.
Design framework documents:
Urban and Landscape Design Framework Volume 1: Context and Analysis (4MB) – Download
Urban and Landscape Design Framework Volume 2: Overarching Principles and Design Concepts (8MB) – Download
Map of the entire proposed pathway route. Maps showing a closer view of sections of the proposed route are available to download below.
Download more detailed maps of sections of the pathway:
For more information, you can:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone (09) 890 4387