Being part of creating community spaces which contribute to a welcoming and environmentally friendly neighbourhood for future generations is important to Waka Kotahi.

Improvements to public spaces

Working with mana whenua, Auckland Council Parks, Auckland Transport and other stakeholders, we’re reinstating or improving many open spaces, parks and ponds along the project, including:

  • building 7km of shared paths and connections, to provide greater travel choice for how people get around their local community.
  • ensuring water catchments and stormwater systems such as new wetland ponds recreate natural landscape features which is important in creating a healthier city.
  • establishing thousands of additional plants and trees which will be incorporated into the area and improve the areas biodiversity, making the natural environment great for people to use and enjoy.

Tirohanga Whānui

Construction dates: October 2017 - February 2019

In early 2019, Tirohanga Whānui bridge opened to the community, providing a safe walking and cycling connection across State Highway 1 to connect people who live, work and travel between Albany and the East Coast Bays. Providing choice for how people travel around their local area is important to creating an attractive and liveable city.

The dual purpose bridge carries a watermain, suspended under the deck, over SH1 in a clever and cost efficient way, allowing Watercare to address the demands of the area’s growing population.

Rook Reserve

Construction dates: May 2019 – December 2021

The new all-purpose playground in Rook Reserve includes a multi-use court, hopscotch and four square games which will keep little and big kids entertained for hours. Seating around the playground not only provides a place to rest and watch friends and family play but doubles up as a skating or skateboarding facility and the new local pathways connect communities with places of work across State Highway 18.

As part of a creating a healthier city, the reserve includes a stormwater pond which is used to treat run off from the motorway. Making the natural environment great for people to use and look at is important and there’ll be hundreds of additional plants which will be incorporated into the reserve.

Sports club relocations

As part of the project, we have relocated and built three new community facilities on the North Shore.

After extensive investigation and consultation with all affected sports clubs, Auckland Council and the local community, the proposal to relocate all three clubs was approved in December 2017.

Visit the gallery and video pages to see more on each facility.


  •  North Harbour Hockey

    Construction dates: March 2018 – December 2019

    A new world class facility, home for North Harbour Hockey and training base for the Vantage Black Sticks has been built at Rosedale Park.

    Facility information

    This exciting development includes four hockey turfs which meet FIH Global Elite / FIH National level standards, a two-storey pavilion, seating for at least 450 spectators, 370 carparks, and become the competition and training base for all North Harbour Hockey’s clubs, schools and regional programmes. It is also  used as the training base for the Vantage Black Sticks and home of Hockey New Zealand’s high performance programme placing a local, regional and international spotlight firmly on North Harbour.

  •  North Harbour BMX

    Construction dates: March - October 2018

    A new world class, premiere BMX facility has been built at Hooton Reserve.

    Facility information

    The new North Harbour BMX site has been built at Hooton Reserve and includes a professional track with an 8m ramp and berm jump giving it the ability to host international events and an amateur track with a 5m ramp with rhythm section for aspiring BMX riders.

    The new track surface, floodlights lockable gate and fencing will provide riders with more time to safely enjoy the facilities.

  •  Wainoni Park Pony Club

    Construction dates: March - October 2018

    New shared facilities for Wainoni Park Pony Club and Greenhithe Riding for the Disabled have been built at Wainoni Park in Greenhithe which merges Rosedale Pony Club, Greenhithe Pony Club and Whenuapai Pony Club.

    Facility information

    With two all-weather arenas, new clubrooms, toilet blocks, more off-street parking to accommodate for horse floats, grooming pens among some of the upgrades, riders will be provided with a modern and safe space to enjoy. The design also includes installing solar power as well as planting 140 native trees to enhance the natural environment and protect the local waterways.

    The facilities will provide present and future riders, and their horses in the Upper Harbour area with a modern and safe space to enjoy for many generations to come.


Related state highway project

  •  Upper Harbour Highway to Greville Road north-bound three-laning

    The Upper Harbour Highway to Greville Road Northbound 3-laning was an early works project completed in 2015 ahead of the Northern Corridor Improvements project.

    This project widened the Northern Motorway (SH1) northbound between Upper Harbour Highway and Greville Road and added a dedicated bus lane southbound between Greville Road onramp and Constellation Drive offramp