November 14, 2019

Te Whau coastal walkway – opening a pathway to a West Auckland taonga

A link between the Manukau and Waitematā harbour is a step closer, with Auckland Council requesting submissions for feedback on the proposed Te Whau pathway in West Auckland.

When complete, the shared cycling and pedestrian path will run along 13km of the Whau River, from Green Bay Beach to Te Atatū Peninsula. The project will provide opportunities for recreation and increased physical activity while protecting, enhancing and connecting community with the surrounding environment.

As well as an attraction for visitors to Auckland, the pathway will link 32 existing parks and reserves, connect greenways and neighbourhoods and provide greatly enhanced public access to Te Whau river.

“Te Whau river is a taonga with a rich history of transportation”, says Catherine Powell, Lead Systems Innovator. “For centuries, Māori used Te 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 Māori name Waitahurangi (Waters of Tahurangi).”

The coastal walkway will feature seating, tables, viewing and resting areas, artwork and links to residential cul-de-sacs. Catherine continues,

“The pathway will bring real benefits to communities along Te Whau River such as improving commutes with local schools and building community connectedness, as well as providing health-enhancing recreational opportunities.”

Make your voice heard and create a submission here.