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Te Auaunga: Walmsley and Underwood Reserves

Restoring the stream provides wider benefits for the community

Te Auaunga is an Auckland Council Healthy Waters project in Mt Roskill, Auckland that prevents flooding from nearly 200 homes in three Local Board areas, enables housing intensification in a brownfield site, and has established a river park along Te Auaunga. The project restored 2km of Te Auaunga, daylighted seven piped tributaries, restored eight hectares of open space, and treated the water quality of the contributing catchment. Te Auaunga is an exemplar of water sensitive design in the sense that it preserves and restores the natural environment to support urban intensification, uniquely within a brownfield development.

The project includes shared pathways and pedestrian bridges, community orchards, an outdoor classroom, and community fale and atea space. Natural play areas were introduced, with ngā taonga tākaro to interpret the environmental and cultural narratives of the site.

Collaborative design and comunity engagement was undertaken with mana whenua, the local community, local boards, CCOs, HNZC, schools, artists, and Auckland Council. This was facilitated through design workshops, a community liaison group, governance meetings, public open days, and school workshops to ensure all views were considered within the project objectives and final design, and throughout the construction phases.

Of note are the inclusion of social procurement initiatives, involving training and employment of local young people in the project, and establishment of a native nursery social enterprise at Wesley Intermediate School. The key social procurement objectives of Te Auaunga were primarily to ensure social and economic outcomes could be delivered over and above the infrastructural improvement.

Our role

Boffa Miskell were Design Lead in a team with AECOM NZ for planning, consent, and design. We were also the project Landscape Architect, Ecologists, and Streamwork Designer. Our role continued through 18 months of construction supervision.

The facts

ClientAuckland Council Healthy Waters
Project teamMark Lewis
Sarah Collins
Caroline Patton
Sofia Fourman
Hanna O'Donoghue
Sarah Flynn
Worked with

Aecom

Auckland Council

WEC

Fulton Hogan

McCoy + Heine Architects

Filipe Tohi

Harko Brown

Kaitiaki for: Te Kawerau a Maki; Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki; Ngāti Tamaoho; Te Akitai, Waiohua – Tāmaki; Ngati Te Ata; and Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei

Project date2008 - 2019