Oneroa Beachfront Cycle and Walkway
Extension to link Oneroa with Alfred Cox walkway
A path to link Oneroa to Alfred Cox cycle and walkway.
Budget: $300,000 - NZTA funded 62% through Tairawhiti Roads as a minor safety improvement project. $117,000 is funded from rates.
Completion date: Opened 13 November 2016.
The link extends along Centennial Marine Drive and Beacon Street and includes a 600m concrete path, 3 raised courtesy crossings, bollards and 10 Pohutukawa trees.
The path connects with the Olympic Pool (with the long term goal to connect with the Adventure Playground and kids' bike park).
The completed Oneroa cycle and walkway
The Oneora cycle and walkway was officially opened on Saturday 1 August 2015.
The 1km, 3 metre wide timber and concrete walkway provides clear views of the bay.
The vision was to develop a high quality, culturally significant scenic cycle and walkway along the beachfront.
It tells stories of navigation and settlement relevant to the area with a Māori design element. It showcases our beautiful coastal environment providing enjoyment for both residents and visitors to our district.
About the project
Local artist Derek Lardelli contributed cultural elements to the overall design that tell the story of Waikanae.
Waikanae is an important area in the navigation and settlement traditions of Tairāwhiti. Elements of the design help portray our unique cultural heritage, such as a waka shape and the ancient adze named Waikanae.
The boardwalk acknowledges our region’s seafaring traditions, representing the rope used to tie off waka and sailing vessels. Artistic use of timber patterning at beach-access points reflects rope lashing designs. In keeping with the navigations theme, the waka shaped seating areas have double patterning elements which serve to acknowledge all our ancestors who traversed the seas and made Turanga nui a Kiwa their home.
If we used all concrete or any of the other options that have been considered, people wouldn’t enjoy such good views. The view helps people connect the stories reflected in the pathway to the expanse of the bay and Te Kuri a Paoa (Young Nicks Head).
Costs and construction
Cost: $1.4m - funded from financial contributions.
Construction – started. Scheduled to finish mid-June 2015.
Council’s cycle and walkway projects are currently funded through the Financial Contribution Fund. This fund is collected through resource consent applications and can only be used for community projects on reserve land. This means this project is not funded through rates. The remaining funds are to be sought from the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) as well as community sponsorship and funding.