Project timeline and construction updates

Keep up to date with how the project is going, and understand the process so far. New information will be added as the project progresses.

15 March 2021 Blessing and ribbon cutting of new paths

The official opening of the Cobham Drive paths will happen at 8.30am, on Monday 15 March. There will be a blessing by iwi and the ribbon will be cut by Mayor Andy Foster and Greg O'Connor, MP for Ōhāriu. 

January 2021 Landscaping progress More Less

Contractors are busy finishing the last sections of path and the Troy Street car park by early March. The landscaped areas towards the Miramar end have been prepared for planting, with rocks and new seating platforms now in place. Planting of these areas will happen in autumn and winter.

December 2020 Te Awa-a-Taia - beach area by Evans Bay Marina More Less

The landscaped beach area beside Evans Bay Marina is now open for people to use.

The name Te Awa-a-Taia that is featured here was the te reo name for the channel of water between Motukairangi island (now Miramar peninsula) and the Hataitai/Evans Bay area (the mainland). Earthquakes have caused significant uplift in this area, and it is thought the channel disappeared and the island became part of the mainland during a huge earthquake in the mid-1400s, forming the area we know as Kilbirnie. Te Awa-a-Taia is now often used as the name for the Kilbirnie area.

There was further land uplift in the 1855 earthquake and then significant land reclamation from the early 1900s. In 1928, the sand dunes were levelled to make an airfield that later became part of Wellington Airport. Cobham Drive and the airport runway were developed in the 1950s.

 

 

30 October 2020: Installation of new stormwater pipes More Less

We are working with Wellington Water and Greater Wellington Regional Council to replace the old stormwater pipes at the eastern end of the rock revetment. The installation of new concrete pipes and manholes is proving tricky and taking a little longer than expected. 

The work involves laying new pipe foundations and tying reinforcing steel around the new pipes to hold them firm against movement of the sea. This installation work can only happen at low tide.

Once the pipes are installed, our contractors will lay the last of the footpath in this area, and finish the work at the car park near Troy Street roundabout. 

Because of this work, and the coastal protection work that has been under way this year, the paths and car park are not expected to be finished until early 2021.

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20 October 2020 Looking after kororā More Less

During construction of the new walking and biking paths, conservation dog Mena and handler Alastair Judkins from the Kaikoura Ocean Research Institute have been brought in every now and then to check the foreshore for kororā (little blue penguins), penguin burrows and other roosting areas.

The old eroding brick, concrete and steel demolition materials shown here have been replaced with new rocks that will provide more secure and appealing nooks and crannies for kororā to nest and moult. 

The penguin detection experts search the vegetation and rocks to map spots where little blue penguins have been nesting or resting so special care can be taken in these locations.

Six-year-old Mena is a New Zealand-born Hungarian Vizsla, a type of pointer that has been specially trained to find places where penguins may be, or have been, regularly frequenting. She is certified by the Department of Conservation to work as a conservation dog as part of its Conservation Dogs Programme.

The penguin protection work is just one of the ways Wellington City Council is working to safeguard wildlife as part of the project, which involves developing better quality walking and bike paths and landscaping and replanting sections of this important coastal route.

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