Te Auaunga Awa restoration project

Auckland Council will replace the existing concrete channel with a wider naturalised stream channel. Underground pipes and pedestrian bridges will also be replaced. This restoration project will help prevent ongoing flooding issues.

Walmsley and Underwood Reserves will also be redeveloped by:

  • restoring native ecologies
  • adding walking trails and cycle paths
  • building an outdoor classroom, playground and Māori play elements.

Artist's impression of Te Auaunga Awa restoration.
Artist's impression of Te Auaunga Awa once it is completed.

Te Auaunga Awa (Oakley Creek) is a tāonga (treasure) in Wesley, Mt Roskill. It is Auckland's longest uninterrupted urban stream. This project will help create a lasting legacy in the area.

Timeframe and area access

Works will start in early 2017 and continue through to 2019.

Noise and vibration will be kept within regulations.

Walmsley and Underwood Reserves will be closed for the duration of the project. Beagle Avenue will also be closed during the construction of the bridge.

Traffic in the area will be restricted.

Community and culture

Te Auaunga Awa project team have adopted an 'empowered communities' approach to the restoration. This ensures there are opportunities for local individuals, whānau and community groups to get involved.

The team meets regularly with mana whenua and key stakeholders to discuss how the project can promote community wellbeing and social outcomes.

Outcomes from these discussions include:

  • integrating traditional Māori play opportunities
  • integrating water quality outcomes
  • adding additional recreation and cycling options
  • adding a community fale
  • opportunities for mana whenua to integrate cultural narratives into the design
  • creating local employment opportunities, such as a local apprenticeship scheme for young people.

More information

Te Auaunga Awa project brief (PDF 2.7MB)

Te Auaunga Awa project map (PDF 3.6MB)

For enquiries, phone 09 301 0101.

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