The first phase of the $6.85 million revamp of Seaside Park in Ōtāhuhu has been completed with a new sea wall, planting, stormwater and marine now complete
The project is taking place over a two-year period split over two phases. Phase one was completed at the end of June 2023, with phase two currently in progress, which includes similar works, but in a much smaller area of the park, and set for completion by February 2024.
Manukau Ward Councillor Lotu Fuli says it is wonderful to see the completion of this phase of the project and the amazing difference it has made to uplift and beautify the coastal asset in Ōtāhuhu.
“Having been a student at Ōtāhuhu College I have fond memories of this space and know well how much this revitalisation will mean to our local community.
"A huge thanks to council staff for their mahi and the Mangere- Ōtāhuhu Local Board for their ongoing advocacy to the Governing Body as well as iwi representatives from Ngaati Whanaunga and Ngāti Te Ata Waiohua at the request of Te Akitai Waiohua, who have been involved in the project since its initiation.”
Local board chair Tauanu’u Nick Bakulich adds, “We are so thrilled with the wonderful work of the recent Seaside Park remediation project. Project work like this highlights the need to invest in our coastal assets, strengthening our ability to preserve our natural environment and sites of significance so that future generations can enjoy them.”
The project began in February 2023 with iwi groups, local board members, regulatory services, and park user groups.
The aim of the project is to improve already-existing coastal assets such as stormwater outlet structures in the coastal marine area, reconstructing sections of deteriorating coastal protection such as the rock seawall, constructing additional sloping structures to provide over 100 years of coastal protection and future proofing for climate change impacts, and implementing a revised site monitoring and maintenance programme for these assets.
“As a local board, we have invested in preserving, protecting, and promoting our natural environment, which helps address some of the environmental challenges our community experiences on a larger scale. You can clearly see this from the before and after images, just the sheer difference in the need for projects like this”, says Bakulich.
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