ribbon cutting with Margi watson and Sumi Eratne

Margi Watson and Sumi Eratne cut the ribbon. Photo credit Cathy Casey

Opening of the Howlett Reserve Walkway

The Howlett-Waterview Esplanade upgrade is part of the consent conditions for the SH20 Waterview Connection project. 3½ years after the consent was granted, the walkway reopened in July 2015.

Albert-Eden Local Board Member, Margi Watson says it is locally, regionally and nationally significant. The area bounds the Motu Manawa (Pollen Island) Marine Reserve and Te Auaunga-Oakley Creek and it is a protected archaeological site with numerous midden.

Howlett Reserve walkway opening

Photo Credit Joanne Drayton

The work was completed by NZTA, the Well Connected Alliance and Auckland Council and included; extensive ecological restoration, weed removal, the removal of more than 11 tonnes of dumped rubbish, 7000 new native plantings, and a 700m all-weather path suitable for prams and pushchairs. The Local Board look forward to completing the ecological restoration over the next 3 years and adding to Auckland biodiversity.

Over 1,000 people have walked the path over the first weekend. Entrances from Howlett St and Waterbank Crescent, Waterview