Restart the project

This page is maintained by Te Whau Pathway Environment Trust who is working hard to make sure that the project goes ahead.

A big thank you to those in our community who continue to support this project and see it as a priority for West Auckland.

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi.
(With your food basket and my food basket, people will thrive.)

Update 8 September 2023

At the Council meeting of 24th August 2023, a report was presented on Te Whau Pathway Construction and Funding Options.

As the report is confidential, the outcome is not yet known.

Te Whau Pathway Environment Trust is hopeful that the funding issues can be resolved which will enable construction to proceed. The Trust wishes to thank the Council, the Henderson-Massey and Whau Local Board for their ongoing and unwavering support.

Why the project is paused

On 23 February 2023, Auckland Council staff presented a report on Te Whau Pathway Project at the Governing Body meeting, seeking further direction due to a funding shortfall.

The Governing Body directed that the project continues to be paused for up to six months. This is to allow time for Council staff and Project partners to investigate additional funding options, alternative design options and to review design specifications.

What can you do?

  • Show us your support on Social Media #teWhauPathway
  • Follow us on our social media and share our posts!
  • Join our mailing list and be informed.
  • Share information about the project! Let everyone – from your friends and whānau to the Mayor and Auckland Councillors – know how much you want this pathway and how our community needs it to be a priority.

Why Te Whau Pathway is important

Te Whau Pathway Environment Trust has put together excellent information to share.

Connect existing pathways Te Whau Pathway will connect the Waterview, and Avondale to New Lynn Shared Pathway, the Northwestern cycleway (SH16), the New Lynn Transport Interchange and Te Atatū Bus Interchange.

Provide no-carbon transport for 113,150 cyclists and 226,300 pedestrians annually and generate 164,250 annual cycle trips – an increase of 5% across Auckland’s cycling network.

Offer safe off-road links, particularly for the 18,000 students attending 38 schools in the Whau Catchment Area.

Open up parks 33 under-used (and often unknown) local parks and reserves will be connected through the pathway

Build it so it lasts, for our children and grandchildren. We want a legacy for West Auckland and for Greater Auckland. Short-term solutions are just that – and ultimately end up costing more in the long run.

Directly benefit a diverse community of 92,000 Aucklanders

Create jobs 80 during construction and 10 jobs post-construction in bike services and tourism

Build it and they will come! Experience proves that everywhere shared paths are built they are immediately used and communities benefit.

Attract tourists This pathway gives unique wetlands setting and double harbours access to this unique and beautiful area will attract tourists – similar to the new bike harbour pathways Dunedin and New Plymouth and the Waikato cycleway.

Improve physical health of Aucklanders It will provide healthy exercise and recreation options for walkers, cyclist, wheelchair users and parents with push chairs, as well as, for water sports

Improve mental health of Aucklanders Access to water and recreation is good for the mind and soul!

Environmental and water quality improvements Contribute to improved water quality – so one day we can bring back safe swimming and fishing!

Cultural Connecting communities via a waterway rather than by road; providing events, competitions, arts and getting on the water.

Thank you for your continued support

Since the beginning of 2023, the Trust has helped Te Whau Pathway supporters to respond to the following consultations.

Auckland Integrated Transport Plan

May 2023

Thank you for your submissions to the Auckland Integrated Transport Plan which has now closed for consultation.

The Auckland Integrated Transport Plan is an agreement between the government and Auckland Council that sets priorities for funding various modes of transport and projects. The integrated plan will shape the decisions that are made, so it was vital all Aucklanders take the opportunity to share their priorities. Find out more abut the Auckland Integrated Transport Plan.

Auckland Council’s Annual Budget

March 2023

Big shout out to all the supporters who managed to make a pro-Te Whau Pathway submission to Auckland Council’s Annual Budget. This closed on 28 March 2023. In April, the Council will consider these submissions and by early June they will make a make decision.

Background information

The Government has provided $35.3 million to build a walking and cycling path from Te Atatū South to New Lynn, along the banks of the Whau. It will open up one of the most beautiful parts of Auckland, for recreation, commuting by bike or foot and linking the homes and businesses of over 100,000 people. It will also link 38 schools and provide an alternative, safe, off-road way to get to and from school.

The first stages are between the Northwestern cycleway and Roberts Field in Te Atatū and a bridge connecting Avondale to Kelston. This is what Government money was granted for. However increased construction costs means that we need the Council to allocate an extra amount in its Annual Budget, to keep this vital project going. It will do this if it hears loud and clear that the community wants this path.

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