The Whau coastal walkway – opening a pathway to one of Auckland’s unique treasures. A sod turning ceremony on Sunday the 12th April officiated by Auckland’s deputy mayor Penny Hulse will celebrate the commencement of work on a 13 kilometre walkway and cycleway along the Whau river.
Beginning at Olympic Park New Lynn, the 3-4 metre wide surface will be a recreation asset suitable for walking/cycling and mobility users, it will link New Lynn, Kelston, Glendene and Te Atatu. The walkway will be a community/council partnership and is already attracting enthusiastic support from community and environmental groups.
As well as an attraction for visitors to Auckland, the 16km Whau River project will link some 32 existing parks and reserves, connect greenways and neighbourhoods and provide greatly enhanced public access to the River.
The Whau river has a long history of human transportation. Maori for centuries used the Whau as an important route for transporting waka between the two coasts of Te Ika a Maui. For Tangata Whenua, the water has significant spiritual values especially revealed in its alternative Maori name Waitahurangi (“Waters of Tahurangi”).
“Te Whau is a special place with a unique history ”, says Gilbert Brakey, Chairperson of the Whau River Catchment Trust. “For too long the Whau has been treated like a rubbish tip – the walkway will make it possible for more of Auckland citizens to appreciate and cherish one of the great natural features of Auckland.”
Iris Donoghue, the Chairperson of the Whau Coastal Walkway Trust explained that the coastal walkway will feature seating, tables, viewing and resting areas, artwork and links to residential cul-de-sacs. She added that the project will bring real benefits to communities along the Whau River such as improving connectivity (especially with schools) and social cohesion, as well as providing health enhancing recreational opportunities.
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