‘The path of land and sea’ leads to a win

Some of the project team with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff

The project team with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff. Left to right: Graeme Stanton, Tarhata Lacerna, Andrew McDonald, Phil Goff, Melina Mascarenhas

We are thrilled to announce that alongside our clients the New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport, we have won the 2017 New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) Rodney Davies Project Award for our work on Section 1 of Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai (the path of land and sea), Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path.

Section 1 is the first of four sections to be delivered; creating a 7km long shared path, which will connect Glen Innes with Tamaki Drive. Construction on Section 1 began in October 2015 and the path from Merton Road to St Johns Road was officially opened on 9 December 2016 by the Minister of Transport Hon Simon Bridges and Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff. Once completed, Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai will be one of the main walking and cycling routes for commuters to and from the eastern suburbs of Auckland and the CBD.The NZPI Rodney Davies Project Award is presented annually to recognise innovative and creative excellence in the undertaking and completion of a project involving a physical work or development.

Features of the full shared path include:

  • 4-metre wide (approximately) path, constructed mostly in concrete. Timber boardwalks will be used for short water crossings such as Orakei Basin, and concrete for longer structures such as the proposed Hobson Bay crossing.
  • Use of good lighting to extend hours of access, particularly during winter months.
  • The path will link with local communities along the route and the project is identifying links that could be built later.
  • Community input has and will continue to help shape aspects of the path.

Congratulations to the project team for the award for the successful delivery of Section 1! Work on the following sections is well underway and the entire project is due to be completed in late 2018.

You can read the full award citation on the NZPI website here.

For more information and updates about the project, visit the Auckland Transport and New Zealand Transport Agency websites:

Auckland Transport

New Zealand Transport Agency