Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board investing $1m on footpaths

Published on 17 November 2022

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The Bay of Islands – Whangaroa Community Board is planning to build almost $1million worth of footpaths over the next two years to boost pedestrian and cycle links and improve community safety right across the ward.

In September, the board allocated a total of $940,000 to build seven new footpaths in the ward. Of that, $300,000 will come from allocated community board funding with the remaining $640,000 coming out of the council’s infrastructure fund.

The board aims to build the new footpaths before the end of the 2024 financial year. Those paths are:

  1. Whangaroa Road: phased construction from Lewers Road to Kent Bay
  2. SH11: Nautical Drive to Haruru Falls Road
  3. SH10: Waipapa Loop Road to Pungaere Road
  4. Te Tii Road: BOI Academy to Whitiora Marae
  5. Queen Street:  Wellington Street to Little Queen Street
  6. School Road:  Totara North Road to the school
  7. Wiroa Road, Kerikeri: from SH10 to Bay of Islands Airport.

The board concedes that this is an ambitious building programme and that some projects may exceed available funding. It will provide ongoing guidance to Northland Transportation Alliance (NTA), which is managing the building programme, on its footpath priorities if projects need to be rolled over to the 2024 financial year.

Footpaths that were selected for year one of the funding and have either been completed or are ready for construction in the new year are:

  1. Reed Street – construction completed
  2. Tamautamakuku Settlement – design complete, construction begins early 2023
  3. Florence Ave – design complete, board input needed for construction
  4. Franklin Street – to be constructed by Far North Holdings