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The local community has for years been seeking to re-connect with the sea, and the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board and the New Zealand Transport Agency are providing $28million in funding for this project.

The new park will:
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recognise the area’s rich cultural and maritime history
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turn a neglected stretch of coast into a public asset
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create recreational space for the benefit of generations to come.

What happens next ?

The project team continues to work with local residents, community groups, iwi and regulators to make the restoration a success. While the bay has been heavily modified, restoring a coastline must be done with sensitivity and a high level of environmental care. Detailed design and construction will take place once all the relevant consents are in place. Ideally work will begin in 2012.

Proposed design and features as at September 2011:

In April 2011 the council contracted Fulton Hogan to design and build the park, and they have been working with local residents, community groups, iwi and regulators to develop the design. More than 250 people came to see the plans at an Open Day in July to provide feedback and suggestions.

Key elements of the project include:
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creating 6.8 Ha of new park land.
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a pedestrian and cycle bridge over SH20 to connect Onehunga Bay Reserve to the foreshore
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new beaches
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a new boat ramp
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a pedestrian and cycle path through the park
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park amenities including a toilet, park furniture and an upgrade of Orpheus Drive car park.


ONEHUNGA 1 by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr


ONEHUNGA 2 by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr


ONEHUNGA 3 by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr


ONEHUNGA 4 by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr


ONEHUNGA 5 by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr​
 
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Onehunga foreshore restoration contract awarded

The Auckland Council Tenders and Procurement Sub-Committee has approved a $23 million tender provided by Fulton Hogan to restore and enhance the Onehunga foreshore and reconnect Onehunga with the Manukau Harbour. Leila Boyle, Chair of the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board, says this announcement signals an important milestone in the future of Onehunga. "The restoration of the Onehunga foreshore will return land we lost following the construction of State Highway 20 in the 1970s. It will rejuvenate this area and offer us all unrivalled access to the inner Manukau Harbour. "We are committed to working with everybody that has a strong connection to Onehunga and its coastline. We want this project to fulfil our communities' desire to be reconnected to the Manukau," she says.

Ian Maxwell, Manager of Parks, Sports and Recreation for the Auckland Council says that of the three tenders received, the Fulton Hogan foreshore restoration proposal provides the greatest opportunity for environmental enhancement and restoration of access to the coastal environment. An ongoing programme of consultation with stakeholders and interested parties is proposed. "This tender and contract process is the result of much planning by the former council and community board. It is pleasing to see this major milestone being reached and we look forward to working on the project with Fulton Hogan," he says. "In recognition of the importance of the components that make up the consent application for a project like this, the contract has been awarded in two stages," says Mr Maxwell.

Stage one will entail consultation on the new environmental enhancements and recreation facilities including the creation of four beaches, improved boating facilities, a pedestrian bridge connecting Onehunga Reserve, footpaths, cycleways, and other parks facilities. "Together, these elements will provide a high quality open space, enhanced biodiversity values and a regionally important asset for the community," says Mr Maxwell. It is anticipated that it will take one year to complete stage one. Stage two relates to construction of the project and is subject to receipt of all statutory approvals under stage one. It is anticipated that the total contract timeframe will be three years. "On behalf of the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board, I urge people interested in this project to get involved in the upcoming consultation processes, to make sure we get the best outcome for us all," Leila Boyle concludes.
 

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Long time in the coming, as I understand a lot of the fill used here will be that dug from as they dig the Waterview motorway tunnel.
 
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Long time in the coming, as I understand a lot of the fill used here will be that dug from as they dig the Waterview motorway tunnel.
Fab ! more good news is that they are going to slowly but surely remove all the mangroves in the area and reconnect lost waterways. Now for the removal of the pylons and it will be beautiful once again :cheers:
 

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Long time in the coming, as I understand a lot of the fill used here will be that dug from as they dig the Waterview motorway tunnel.
I don't think that is the plan anymore as now more investigation has been done they have realised that the spoil from Waterview will be contaminated.
 

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Ok found the video I heard it on, at about 12 minutes in http://www.franklin-live.net/site/player/838.html

Asked if the spoil would be used for the causeway and the response was that due to the way it is treated as it comes out of the ground that it wouldn't be suitable. Perhaps there are chemicals used to help break down the rock to make it easier to move back through the tunnel that would leech into the harbour.
 
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Shoreline upgrade all-go

A project that will change the face of Manukau Harbour is full steam ahead now that two appeals against resource consents for the development have been resolved. The $28 million Onehunga foreshore project, set to create up to nine new beaches over one kilometre of coastline, has been stalled for about six months. Resource consent was granted by Auckland Council earlier this year but struck problems during a 15-day appeal period. Appeals were lodged by Transpower and iwi group Te Akitai. Te Akitai's appeal related to the protection of cultural and legal rights over the land while Transpower appealed due to concerns regarding the foreshore safety, nearby power lines and consent conditions. Te Akitai's appeal has now been withdrawn and there will be no Environment Court hearing. Transpower's appeal was resolved earlier also and the project finally has the green light. Auckland Council project spokeswoman Deborah Diaz says after positive discussions with the appellants, there is a desire from all parties involved to achieve the best outcome for Onehunga. "We are very pleased that the budget committed to the park won't be spent on lawyers, and glad that the community has been spared a year's delay and the experience and cost of a court hearing ... MORE
 
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Work begins on Onehunga's $28m harbourside parkland

Work on a $28 million plan to beautify part of the Onehunga foreshore starts today after a Maori blessing and celebration at the Manukau Cruising Club. Over the next two years, 6.8ha of parkland will be created through reclamation, west of the SH20 motorway. Rocky headlands, beaches, a new boat ramp, carpark and picnic areas will be formed and a cycle bridge built to link Onehunga Bay Reserve. NZ Transport Agency is putting in $18 million and Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board $10 million. Board chairwoman Leila Boyle said the result would make Onehunga a better place to live. Manukau Harbour Restoration Society chairman Jim Jackson said the project was the first of a long-term redevelopment programme. "It is the turning point in getting greater recognition of New Zealand's second-largest harbour." The project does not involve removal of transmission lines and pylons. Iwi and public health officers were worried about people bathing in a polluted bay. Auckland Council's stormwater team is testing drains discharging into the bay for sewage pollution due to cross connections, leaking waste pipes or waste water overflows. One drain was cleaned up in April but a second stormwater pipe which serves a bigger area is taking more time to pinpoint all sources of contamination.
 
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Foreshore project steams ahead

The money is in the bank and the Onehunga foreshore development project is to go ahead as planned. News the $28 million project's funding had been "deferred" by the Auckland Council caused consternation among many, not least because it was just last month that a ceremony was held to mark the start of construction. The Auckland Council recently revised the dates at which it would make the money it has pledged to the project available, sparking concerns in some quarters that it was backing out. But that is not case according to the Maungakiekie Tamaki Local Board. Board chairman Simon Randall says the budget has been changed to reflect the project's actual timing compared to what was envisaged under the council's original long-term budget. Changes mean there will be slightly less work in the 2012/13 financial year, more in 2013/14 and some in 2014/15. The overall budget remains the same and the construction crew remains on the ground. The change is a result of a delay after the project was taken to the Environment Court earlier this year. Mr Randall says after waiting for such a long time for the project to get the go-ahead - it has been on the community wish list for 30 years - learning that things are being delayed in any way can be alarming for some. But he says there is nothing to worry about. "Many of us had that reaction but this project is still full steam ahead," he says. "It went to the Environment Court and it was pushed out four months and that's the reality of it. "All that has happened is we have delayed the money until we need it. "The funding comes through our books as the local board and I can assure you it's all still there." He said delaying the funding is simply "housekeeping". "The reason it is happening now is we're just going into the annual plan process and that's the time to do it," he says. "We've been in touch with the key stakeholders to let them know it's still on and sticking to schedule." Onehunga Enhancement Society member and project campaigner Jim Jackson says he is not concerned by the delay."I believe it will carry on in its current timetable and in two-and-a-half years' time we will see it finished."
 
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Tunnel fill speeds up bay project

Onehunga's $28 million foreshore redevelopment is leaping ahead with fill from the $1.4 billion Waterview motorway project. Foreshore project manager Graeme Tonks says that about 80 per cent of fill for new headlands with nine beaches, three of them sandy ones for swimming, has been delivered to the site. He said that had raised hope of bringing completion of the project forward three months, to April 2015. But Mr Tonks, whose firm Fulton Hogan is developing the coastline with $18 million from the Transport Agency and $10 million from Auckland Council, disclosed that the availability of enough clean fill had been a headache over winter ... MORE
 

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This project is well and truly underway - here's a Flickr album I found with photos of the project's progress that seems to get updated regularly (last updated 27 July).
 

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Thought it would fit in this thread:

Strong support for opening wharf

New numbers are stacking up behind overwhelming calls to open up Auckland's Onehunga Wharf to the public. Results from an AUT University survey on the use and tourism potential of the Manukau Harbour were released on November 6. And it has revealed strong support for the wharf to become a bustling public hub. Community members have been pushing for the outcome for years. At present, the Ports of Auckland-owned wharf is closed to the public. Hopefully the results will speed up action on the ground, Manukau Harbour Restoration Society chairman Jim Jackson said. "I think it just reinforces our position that the port of Onehunga is a critical piece of infrastructure for developing the Manukau Harbour. "We're very pleased with it, it's a great start." The university's New Zealand Tourism Research Institute surveyed 272 visitors to the area and 688 residents in the study. It was commissioned by the Manukau Harbour Restoration Society and funded by the Manukau Harbour Forum. Results show 77 per cent of the visitors and 87 per cent of the residents surveyed were in support of redeveloping the wharf. Suggestions for development include the introduction of cafes, bars, restaurants, a fish market, a museum, marine and harbour heritage education and a visitor centre.

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Have a look at Manukau Harbour Restoriation Society's vision for the harbour on their website.
 
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The main span for the new pedestrian/cycle bridge across SH20 will be lifted into place tomorrow (15 November).
The 6.8 ha reclamation is largely complete and the park’s final features are taking shape, with sand currently arriving on-site for beach construction over summer. The bridge itself will be built in stages, with the deck, cladding and carved panels being added at a later date.

http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/...jects/Pages/onehungaforeshorerestoration.aspx
 
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