Waitematā Harbour Connections is a substantial city-shaping undertaking, and comprehensive engagement is essential to helping shape the future vision of this legacy project.

Our initial survey to understand people’s vision for this transformational transport programme and the future of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland occurred in late 2022.

Between March and May 2023, we shared more information on scenarios, giving people the opportunity to have their say and help inform the recommended way forward.

Feedback from the community and stakeholders—along with other key factors—helps with decision making and contributes to the development of the Indicative Business Case.

From 30 March to 1 May, 2023, with the Waitematā Harbour Connections project team were asking people throughout the country to provide feedback via an online survey on potential scenarios and options.

Team members also attended more than 20 community events throughout Tāmaki Makaurau, held numerous workshops with key stakeholders and community groups, one-on-one briefings, as well as an online webinar session.

Survey information and questions [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Summary of engagement March-May 2023 [PDF, 7.6 MB]

Community and stakeholder feedback report June 2023 [PDF, 8.3 MB]

Project webinar

The Waitematā Harbour Connections project team hosted an online webinar information session aimed to give people the chance to have their say on this mega project.

Team members Dave Dunlop, Theunis van Schalkwyk, Lesley Hopkins, and Sarah MacCormick spoke about the project and answered questions submitted by members of the public.

Past engagements

Between November 2022 and January 2023, we asked for people’s views about the Waitematā Harbour Connections project. We asked questions on how people want to travel in future across the harbour, and to understand what is important to communities along the route.

We received 4389 survey responses and met with more than 1200 people at six events on both sides of the Waitematā. Overall, there was strong support for the project. While 30% of people currently cross the harbour using public transport, 88% said they would catch a bus or train if they could.

Read the summary of our engagement:

Summary of engagement – August 2022–January 2023 [PDF, 3.9 MB]

This feedback helped inform our options development. 

View information on this phase of the project:

Information brochure [PDF, 6.9 MB]

Schools engagement

Our project team are engaging with schools throughout Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland to understand what our tamariki and rangatahi value, how they travel now, and how they want to travel in the future. If you want to find out more about how your school can get involved, email awhc@nzta.govt.nz.

In 2022, our team went to some local schools to inspire the students to imagine what future harbour connections could look like. In our interactive learning sessions facilitated by our project experts, the students came up with some imaginative ideas.

Watch the video showing a snapshot of what some of the students at Point England Primary School and Bayfield School came up with.

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