Te Whau Pathway Project will act as a catalyst for growth and help level-up Auckland, boosting economic development in suburbs such as Glendene, Kelston and Avondale. Better connectivity will open up both new employment and leisure opportunities in West Auckland and beyond.
The direct economic benefits of Te Whau Pathway are estimated to be $172.1 million (health, reduced commuting costs and safety for pedestrians and cyclists).
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Savings in household expenses
The typical annual mileage for a household car is 14,000 km. According to Inland Revenue the actual average cost of owning and operating a car amounts to $0.83 per kilometre. This translates to an annual expenditure of $11,620 for car ownership and operation.
In the Whau Catchment Area, it’s estimated that there are 74,600 cars/light vehicles, resulting in a collective annual cost of $887 million for usage. If individuals in the Whau Catchment Area could reduce their usage by just 10%, they would see joint annual savings of nearly $88 million, equating to $2,816 per household.
The pathway will increase the visibility and desirability of nearby businesses. There is an estimated annual footfall of 328,500 walkers and cyclists upon completion. Local businesses, such as cafes, restaurants, and gyms, are poised to benefit from increased patronage, adding to West Auckland’s economic ecosystem.
The three existing bike repair and maintenance facilities in Glendene and New Lynn are expected to experience a considerable uptake in demand, with plans underway to potentially establish similar facilities in Avondale and Kelston, further promoting cycling culture and boosting related businesses.
The pathway is likely to boost ebike sales, a trend that has been gaining momentum in New Zealand. in 2021 77,000 electric mopeds and bikes were imported into the country – compared to fewer than 15,000 in 2017. That’s an increase of more than 500% in just four years. Notably, in various European markets, ebikes now surpass 50% of total bicycle sales.
The project aims to also buy natives plants from local nurseries that will be planted along the river and pathway, leading to increased job opportunities and community engagement.
The pathway has tremendous tourist potential. It will be the only safe off-road route connecting the Waitematā and Manukau harbours. It is expected to boost water-based activities such as waka ama, kayaking, and fishing competitions.
As an appealing tourist destination, with water and greenery surroundings, we are also likely to an increase in educational, environmental and heritage walks that will draw tourists and educate local communities.
Tourists will contribute to the local economy by spending money on accommodations, meals, and activities, thus also creating jobs in our community.
As more people opt for sustainable modes of transportation, the pathway is expected to stimulate local economic growth by encouraging businesses to invest in the area and making West Auckland an even more attractive place to live and work by reducing the burden of transportation costs for residents.
In addition, with a projection of creating 80 full-time equivalent jobs during construction and support needed for ebike sales, the project aligns with the growing trend of sustainable transportation options in New Zealand. This will result in potential household savings stemming from reduced car usage which underscores the financial benefits for local residents.
The bottom line
Te Whau Pathway is an excellent initiative that not only provides recreational and environmental benefits but also has the potential to promote significant economic growth in its surrounding areas. By creating a beautiful and accessible pathway along the Te Whau River, it opens up opportunities for tourism, local businesses, and community development.