A revised concept plan for the proposed Whangamata boardwalk extension project
is out now. The proposed plan is:To progress with a boardwalk along The Esplanade only.The dunes section of the proposed boardwalk and eventual connection to Hunt Road (to form a connection with the town
centre) is to be delayed while further details are worked through with iwi and The Department of Conservation (DOC).To undertake a small 10m trail section of boardwalk at the southern end of the existing boardwalk by the surf club
(Beach Access 10) to test a new lightweight construction that will reduce the need for pile excavations and be able to
be relocated if needed.
“We would like to thank our community for their feedback on this project over the past few months, which we have taken
into consideration,” says Whangamata Board Chair Ken Coulam. "The Board are acutely aware of the pressure our community
is under due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the feedback we've decided to progress with the shorter
Esplanade section of the boardwalk extension only this financial year."
Overall feedback for the proposed boardwalk extension was positive with 60 per cent supporting the proposal which can be viewed here.
“There were a lot of really good suggestions from the community during consultation, which we have taken on board,” says
our Project Manager Ross Ashby. “We’re keen to keep the community informed around the next steps, which includes
detailed design of the Esplanade section."
We'll be seeking feedback on a planned trial of a 10m section of light weight boardwalk at Beach Access 10 to see how it
performs and whether it meets the project objectives. Read more below.
We also heard a lot from our communities around potential environmental impacts and have draft ecological
and archaeological reports
on the proposed that can be viewed on our website here.
An updated coastal report is due this week for staff to review.
"Throughout the project we have been working with iwi will continue this relationship," says Mr Ashby."There are
opportunities for iwi to tell their stories and include cultural references and values where possible."
The land the proposed dune section of boardwalk is located on is a Marginal Strip administered by DOC on behalf of the
Crown. No construction will occur until discussions with iwi have been completed and a formal application has been made
to, and approved by DOC.Trial boardwalk design
We're trialling a new way to construct a coastal boardwalk at Beach Access 10 which will be installed by the end of
The new design aims to reduce the need for excavations and will sit at the surface to maintain natural dune form. It
also allows for sections to be built off-site reducing some of the costs and construction disturbance and provides the
ability to shift sections should these need to be re-positioned.
Further feedback will be invited during the trial to inform future decisions for the boardwalk. Make sure you sign-up to our e-newsletter
for regular updates. Further information can be found on our website at tcdc.govt.nz/whangaboardwalk
.Overall project plan: The latest project plan will delay the dunes section of the proposed boardwalk and eventual connection to Hunt Road (to
form a connection with the town centre), while further details are worked through with iwi and The Department of
Conservation (DOC).Key principles the project will meet:
Safe and Connected
Allowing for safe, legible and universal access along the coastal edge for all users.
Build on the existing sense of place and strengthen the cultural and coastal associations through design elements and
interpretative signage and wayfinding.
Provide improved access to and from the beach for all users. The design of the boardwalk will adhere to principles of
universal design, be usable by all including the vulnerable, to the greatest extent possible without the need for
specialised design. Design considerations include ample width, gentle gradients and smooth transition of surfaces.
Protect and Enhance
Provide formalised beach access to reduce the degradation of the coastal ecology and dune systems. Enhance the dune
resilience through new planting.
Enhance the overall amenity of the area through upgraded facilities, seating, planting, and shade provision.