Auckland Council's Healthy Waters team in partnership with Fulton Hogan, Boffa Miskell and AECOM picked up four awards the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Awards and one at the Engineering New Zealand ENVI Awards last week for the Te Auaunga stream restoration project.
The awards they received were:
- Parks Excellence (for the Te Auaunga stream restoration)
- Playgrounds Excellence (for the Mara Hupara Playground in the Te Auaunga stream restoration project)
- Te Karanga o te Tui Excellence (for Te Auaunga stream restoration)
- Sustainability Category Winner (for Te Auaunga stream restoration)
- ENVI Engineering Impact Award (for Te Auaunga stream restoration)
The Te Auanga Awa Oakley Creek project to upgrade the stormwater system in the area transformed the overgrown and inaccessible urban stream into an open waterway. The project identified an opportunity to work closely with mana whenua and local communities, improving the ecology and experience of the area as well as placing 26 unemployed locals back into employment or training.
Stream restoration along 1.3km of the creek included the planting of 100,000 natives. Eight hectares of open space has been restored with shared pathways, pedestrian bridges, community orchards, a community fale and atea space, and even an outdoor classroom have been introduced.
The Māra hūpara playground built as a part of the project is the first of its kind, a natural play area which interpreted the environmental and cultural narratives of the site. This was designed collaboratively with mana whenua, Local Boards, HNZC, schools, artists, and the Auckland Council ‘family’.
The judges commented, "Te Auaunga Awa Oakley Creek embodies the principles of sustainable management and has been well-conceived from the outset, with clear goals and objectives to achieve sustainability outcomes through a variety of initiatives.
"The project is an excellent example of community collaboration and design-led approach to enhancing environmental and cultural narratives of the site.
You can hear the judges speaking about the projects in the video below:
Project Manager, Tom Mansell said, "This is truly a partnership grounded in the desire to achieve shared outcomes across all of the sustainability pillars.
"At every opportunity, we sought ways to deliver tangible cultural, social, economic and environmental benefits. The project reduced flooding, improved water quality and had high community and iwi engagement.”