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Waterview Connection Construction
Managing impacts of tunnel construction

When planning the motorway the design takes into account how it can be built so that it fits into the environment and improves the local area.

The Waterview Connection project is designed to try and improve the environment for local communities by;

  • making more walking and cycling paths
  • improving and adding sports and leisure facilities
  • adding safe parks and reserves
  • looking after local plants and animals
  • looking after places and buildings with historic value

Shared paths

A series of walking and cycling paths within and between the parks and reserves will be built. A series of new footbridges is also planned. 

Part of the network of paths will connect the existing cycle routes along the Northwestern and Southwestern motorways. It will be 3m wide so that it can be shared by families, walkers, skateboarders and cyclists. There will also be smaller walking paths.

Facilities for recreation

In the south new sports fields, a skatepark and volleyball and basketball courts will be built at the Alan Wood Reserve.

In the north a new skatepark, BMX track and playground at Waterview are planned.

Oakley Creek

In the past the Oakley Creek (Te Auanga) ran through the area. It was put into a man-made channel in the 1930s by European settlers. Areas of the Oakley Creek have now been changed to make it more like a natural stream, rather than the channel it had been for a long time. 

Local plants and animals

Before work began at the Alan Wood Reserve, copper skinks were moved to a new home. Six hundred short finned and long finned eels were moved from the old to the new parts of Oakley Creek. Plants and seeds of a geranium thought to grow only in the reserve were collected. These will be replanted in the reserve.

Native plants have been planted alongside Oakley Stream and more will be planted in the parks and reserves in the area.

Historic sites

Historic sites have been identified near the Waterview Connection Project works. They include;

  • Māori shell midden sites
  • old Māori food storage pits
  • Māori living terraces along Oakley Creek
  • An early flour mill (Star Mills), Garrett Brothers Tannery and quarry

The project’s design has avoided known historic sites as much as it can. Earthworks have been carefully done so that if anything of value is dug up it can be collected and looked after.

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The Waterview Connection has been designed so that it fits in with the natural environment. Image: NZTA.

This is what the new Hendon Footbridge across the motorway to the south will look like. Image: NZTA.

The Great North Interchange has been designed so that traffic will flow efficiently and parks can be created nearby. Image: NZTA.

Oakley Creek has been realigned so that it can flow more like the natural stream it once was. Image: NZTA.

Waterview Connection Construction
Managing impacts of tunnel construction