Work is underway on stage one of the Whau Coastal Walkway. Pictured at the sod turning last month is Auckland Council Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust Chair Iris Donoghue with Whau Local Board Chair Catherine Farmer.

During stage one, three sections of the walkway totalling 1.6km will be constructed on reserve land in Olympic, Ken Maunder and Archibald parks. Your local board has funded the design, consultation, resource consenting and project management for stage one. The Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust, with a grant from The Trusts Community Foundation, has funded the construction with stage one expected to be completed in September 2015.

The Whau Coastal Walkway is the proposed creation of a major 13km walkway, cycleway and shared path that will eventually link New Lynn to Te Atatu Peninsula along the Whau River. Your local board is partnering with the Henderson-Massey Local Board, Auckland Council and the Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust on the project. The $29 million project will be staged over the next five to eight years, with work progressing as funding allows.

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