Chapter 6

A greenway for Northcote

A greenway for Northcote - Northcote

Te Ara Awataha, Northcote’s new greenway, is a network of existing and new reserves that will connect the community to local destinations with areas for recreation and conservation.

Once complete, kids will be able to walk and cycle safely to school and the community will have a green space on their doorstep where they can reconnect with nature

The name Te Ara Awataha means ‘the path of the Awataha’, and refers to the historic Awataha Stream that ran through the area before being buried underground.

Now, thanks to input from mana whenua and members of the community, the Awataha Stream will be brought to light for long distances of the greenway, improving water quality and allowing it to become a habitat for birds, insects and tuna (eels) once more.

Together with Kāinga Ora, we’ve been working with the Kaipātiki Local Board, mana whenua and other stakeholders in Northcote to gather a wide range of input for the design of the greenway.

Local school students have played a leading role in the design process for the portion of the greenway that extends alongside Northcote Intermediate School and Onepoto Primary School. As a result, this portion of the greenway will become an outdoor classroom as well as a place for the wider community.