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Taiapa moana o Ōrewa

Ōrewa seawall

We are building a 600m seawall and shared path in Ōrewa, between Marine View and Kohu Street.

Erosion in Ōrewa

Ōrewa Beach has several challenging erosion issues. It is one of Auckland’s highest priority at-risk coastal areas.

The Ōrewa Beach Esplanade Enhancement Programme (OBEEP) initially identified the section between Kohu Street and Marine View as the area of highest risk.

This assessment was based on:

  • progressive erosion of the narrow width of esplanade reserve which provides public access along this section of Ōrewa Beach
  • the need to improve access onto the beach for a range of people.

About the Ōrewa seawall

We are building the Ōrewa seawall to manage the impacts of erosion, while allowing access along and onto the beachfront.

It will be a grouted rock wall and will include:

  • access ramps
  • stairs to the beach.

A new concrete shared path will follow most of the seawall, linking park areas Kinloch Reserve and Remembrance Reserve.

The budget for this project is $18.9 million.

Seawall timeline

The Environment Court granted resource consent for the seawall in August 2020.

This was achieved with funding from Hibiscus and Bays Local Board's One Local Initiative.

Construction was delayed due to:

  • COVID-19
  • funding challenges.

In February 2023 we completed ground investigations.

We are now working to the following timeline: 

  • February 2023 to May 2024: detailed design and tendering.
  • June 2024 to October 2024: construction of stage 1.
  • April 2025 to October 2025: construction of stage 2.

Construction will take place in two stages during the winters of 2024 and 2025 to avoid the busy summer periods.

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Future projects

Future development is also planned for the southern part of the Ōrewa beachfront, near the surf club.

Hibiscus and Bays Local Board supports use of natural methods to adapt and improve Ōrewa Reserve. (Refer to the agenda and minutes from the meeting on 26 March 2024 [PDF 312KB].)

This decision follows advice about coastal risks and climate change provided by the Ministry for the Environment, as well as detailed reports about the specific site.

Ngāti Manuhiri have indicated they support the local board's plan, focusing on respecting culture and taking care of the environment.

Our next steps are to:

  • look more closely at four design options
  • estimate their costs
  • seek public input through consultation.

We will invite you to have your say when more detailed assessments and designs are completed.

Contact us

Email orewaseawall@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for further information and to register for project updates.

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