Oneroa walkway wins Kiwi Choice
Gisborne District Council were announced a winner at the Annual Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB) Awards in Auckland on Saturday (15 October).
The beachside Oneroa cycle and walkway was awarded the Kiwi’s Choice, which recognises a favourite spot in New Zealand based on natural beauty, man-made beauty, popularity, cleanliness and uniqueness.
Mayor Meng Foon and Chief Executive Judy Campbell congratulated staff involved in the construction project and ongoing care of the walkway.
The project manager for the walkway’s construction, Kylie Cranston says it was built collaboratively with members of the community and is now an asset Council and our community are extremely proud of.
The award entry showcased the walkway’s design, environmental and cultural elements and highlighted its uniqueness.
“The boardwalk itself acknowledges our region’s navigation traditions using features like rope, concrete stenciling, timber patterning and furnishings to represent waka, heritage and navigational themes,” says Ms. Cranston.
“The design uniquely represents Turanganui-a-Kiwa, which makes it relevant and special.”
A custom-designed furniture suite was created by Council’s internal landscape architect and have a copyright, meaning it will always remain unique to Gisborne.
The picnic tables, seats, showers, drinking fountains, bike racks and rubbish bins are all made with Totara recycled from the cross arms of old power poles.
The 1km long walkway linking Waikanae and Midway Beaches was built with consideration to environmental sustainability, coastal erosion and surrounding animal habitats with dune restoration and pest control a key aspect of its success.
Ms. Cranston says since the walkway was opened last year it has markedly transformed and invigorated the use of the beachfront and encourages opportunities for business, recreation and tourism.
“It’s used by a considerable number and variety of users, and helping to promote an active, happy and healthy community.”
“We’re so pleased with the award, and the recognition of such a special place.”
The award was received on behalf of Council by the KNZB area representative Andrew Lies.