Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Work Starts at Harbourview Park

Work Starts at Harbourview Park

The preservation of one of the last, large, open spaces in Auckland is one step closer to reality. After intensive planning for the development of the Harbourview Park at Te Atatu Peninsula, the time has arrived to implement “Stage One” of physical work, which includes access and parking facilities.

At 6.am on 3 February local Maori will conduct a whakanoa te papa (blessing of the grounds) after which MayorBob Harvey will turn the first sod of soil, to symbolically set the preservation programme in motion.

“This is an important step in making this park more accessible for people’s perpetual enjoyment of one of the largest coastal parks in New Zealand, on the shores of the Waitemata Harbour”, explains Mayor Harvey. The Harbourview Park comprises coastal and rural land within the urban environment of Te Atatu Peninsula.

“This fragile area of wetlands and mangroves is one of the few examples of combined fresh and saltwater wetlands in the Auckland region, and is therefore worthy of our protection and enjoyment,” says Mayor Harvey.

The park, which is bounded by the North Western Motorway and has sweeping views up the Waitemata Harbour, will cover approximately 80 hectares. It is also one of the largest parks in Auckland, compared to the Auckland Domain (75 ha), Auckland Regional Botanical Gardens (64 ha) and Western Springs Lakeside Park (60 ha).

“Stage One” will allow access to the northern part of the Park, from where people can view the lower terrace which comprises an important ecological habitat for native plants and animals, including the threatened Fern Bird.

Work will run until mid April 2003. It involves the construction of an entrance to the Park, a small car-parking area to serve the heritage building, creation of a large open and grassed picnic space, pathway connections to existing walkways, planting of swale drainage areas and placement of some specimen trees.

A community-planting event is being planned for 26th April of this year, to celebrate the opening of stage one of the Park. It is expected that the remainder of the Park will be officially opened during 2004.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>




Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>


Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>


Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election