Thursday 23rd February

Tamaki Path consultation

Where: feedback online
When: end of the day

In what might be the first Greenways project out of the gate under the new Local Path Design Guide, consultation is now open on the proposed Tamaki Path, which will run for 5km through the green reserves alongside the Tamaki Estuary, from Wai o Taiki Bay to Panmure Wharf.

This project, which we’ve written about before, has been developed by the Maungakiekie Tamaki Local Board and the Auckland Council Greenways programme.

Feedback has been extended until Thursday 23 February 2017 and here’s the link (scroll down to link for the Online Feedback Form). Note: you can comment on one or all 8 sections of the path.

Our quick take

This is a brilliant vision, and will be a very scenic addition to the options for recreational riding in Auckland. At the moment, there’s limited intent to tie it into the official cycle network – but we’d love to see it set an example and reflect the hopes of the Greenways framework. Above all, we think it’s important to ensure the project meets the very broad strokes laid down in Council’s Greenways Design Guide: 3m wide to allow for shared-path cycling and walking, and no steps. One section in particular doesn’t meet this requirement – see our comments below the maps – but overall we think this is a very promising flagship for the Greenways programme.

Overview and section maps

Tamaki Path overview map
Tamaki Path: an overview
Tamaki Path Project Map
Tamaki Path: the eight sections
Section A: Wai o Taiki Bay
Tamaki Path, Section A: Wai o Taiki Bay
Tamaki Path B Pt England Coastal Path
Tamaki Path, Section B: Pt England Coastal
Tamaki Path, Section C: Omaru Creek
Tamaki Path, Section C: Omaru Creek
Tamaki Path, Section D: Pt England Reserve
Tamaki Path, Section D: Pt England Reserve
Tamaki Path, Section E: Riverside Residential
Tamaki Path, Section E: Riverside Residential
Tamaki Path, Section F: Dunkirk/ Riverside Reserve
Tamaki Path, Section F: Dunkirk/ Riverside Reserve
Tamaki Path, Section G: Mt Wellington War Memorial Reserve
Tamaki Path, Section G: Mt Wellington War Memorial Reserve
Tamaki Path, Section H: Panmure Wharf and Boat Ramp
Tamaki Path, Section H: Panmure Wharf and Boat Ramp

T?maki Path overview map

The Omaru Creek section

Section C (through the Point England Reserve) is a very pretty existing narrow gravel path, and the plan suggests it will remain that way – i.e. only 2m wide and compacted gravel – whereas all the other paths in the network are 3m wide and concrete (see, for example, the Riverside Coastal Path, Section E).

We can see why: as you can see in the photos, the terrain alongside the creek has narrow bridges and steep little hills and steps, so it would be a lot of work to upgrade.

The existing Omaru Creek path (Photo: Kirsten Shouler)
The existing Omaru Creek path (Photo: Kirsten Shouler)

Nonetheless, this is an important part of the path network, and the reality is, people on bikes will use it even if it’s not up to standard. It would be nice if it were fully accessible. After all, as the Local Path definition says:

A Local Path, also known as Greenway, is a wide, unimpeded shared path for walking and cycling… Local Paths are designed to be safe for all users.

Could this section be widened to 3m and smoothed out? We can only ask – and suggest you do, too!

Holistic thinking

This area has been in the news twice recently, for the planned housing development (which has been the subject of some controversy), and also because the Omaru Creek (an important home to native fish and eels) is polluted.  We hope Greenways and other developments will mean an upgrade in stormwater treatment for the creek too…. the famous Twin Creeks project in West Auckland sets the standard for holistic treatment of the environment by Council’s Parks department.

Future connections

Links to other paths are out of scope for now, but eventually, it would be fantastic to see this new path connect with:

  • Glen Innes to Tamaki Shared Path/ Te Ara ki Uta ki Tai – we hope AT will come to the party and recognise the need for local on-road cycle connections
  • The Panmure-Pakuranga Rotary Path, on the other side of the Tamaki River estuary – imagine how cool it would be to go all the way around the foreshore from Point England to Half Moon Bay (quiet roads help this connection, but you’d need to cross the Pakuranga Bridge on the footpath)
  • And other water-edge greenways to the south, as envisioned in the Tamaki Trail

Anything else?

We’re keen to hear your thoughts about this project, as always. By all means comment below – or just pop over to the project page to have your say.
Here’s the link again for feedback – scroll down to the link to the Online Feedback Form. Closing date for feedback is Thursday 23 February.

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7 responses to “First out of the Greenways gate: the Tamaki Path

  1. Wonderful news. Lets hope this goes ahead with no nimby objections and gets built within our lifetimes!

    1. Yes let’s hope, was at the Wai-O-Taiki meeting tonight (only 2 cyclists there). There was a lady with a sign saying objecting to this going through there Reserves.

      1. Such a timely blog full of good news. Thanks Team.
        Special thanks to the Local Board and Auckland Council Parks team for devising the project.
        Let’s all support it and ask for those improvements to make it as good as it can be.

  2. Big kudos to the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board for planning this brilliant Greenway project that will make the beautiful Tamaki Estuary River foreshore accessible to the local community and other Aucklanders too .

    I went along to the Information Evening yesterday evening at the Wai O Taiki Bay/Kotae Rd end of the path. I was surprised to hear objections to the Greenway from many of the residents who were there. It’s easy to understand that the community is bruised by big changes happening in GI. But this Greenway will be such a great asset for the community – and I believe by improving access, the Path project will also play a role as a catalyst for cleaning up the polluted Omaru Stream and other environmental improvements.

    From comments I heard, residents aren’t keen on a 3m wide concrete path – but in fact this is sensible modern design standard to accommodate pedestrians and people on bikes. Please take the time to submit your views if you agree!

  3. Even if the whole route can’t be widened to 3m, surely the bits that can be should be, and then the bridges can be replaced in the future.

  4. Strangely this the first I’ve heard of the plans. Usually I spot this sort of thing in my own community. Sorry not to have been able to submit. I ride & run those trails every week. I’m too late to submit as the submission site has closed (error 404) I can’t make any sense of the plans any way as the colours and symbols on the legend do not match whats on the plans. I hope they keep in as many hills and as much gravel and bush as there is now. Its been a great place to teach some kids the basics of trail running and mountain biking.

    1. Hi Ian – feedback is open till the end of the day on Thursday 23rd February. (The consultation period was extended; we updated the top of our article but missed one correction at the bottom of the post, now fixed). By all means give your feedback and spread the word 🙂

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