Walk around the wa­ter­front

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Auck­lan­ders can now steal a glimpse of an un­ex­plored cor­ner of the wa­ter­front.

A new walk­way along the east side of the Fer­gus­son con­tainer ter­mi­nal was opened by mayor John Banks this month.

The 400-me­tre walk­way is the new­est part of the port’s con­tainer ter­mi­nal ex­ten­sion, now in its fi­nal phase of con­struc­tion.

The walk­way is open to the pub­lic and ac­cessed by a foot­path from Ta­maki Drive.

Ports of Auck­land in­fra­struc­ture man­ager Ben Chrys­tall says the aim of the walk­way is to im­prove pub­lic ac­cess to the wa­ter.

It will also al­low peo­ple to see the work­ings of the con­tainer ter­mi­nal, he says.

The walk­way was built us­ing marine mud from the dredg­ing of the Ran­gi­toto Chan­nel in New Zealand’s largest-ever re­cy­cling project.

More than 600,000 cu­bic me­tres of mud was mixed with con­crete to form “mud­crete”, avoid­ing dis­pos­ing of the dredg­ings at sea.

The $1 mil­lion walk­way project is part of the 5.8-hectare recla­ma­tion ex­ten­sion of the Fer­gus­son con­tainer ter­mi­nal.

Mr Banks says the walk­way will be a great as­set to Auck­land’s ad­ven­ture in­fra­struc­ture.

He would like to see it ex­tended to Queens Wharf, which is a medi­um­coun­cil project.

Ports of Auck­land com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­viser Anne-Marie Peter­son hopes the walk­way will be en­joyed by peo­ple tak­ing part in ac­tiv­i­ties like walk­ing, and run­ning as well as fish­ing and sight­see­ing.

She says the area at the end of the walk­way is al­ready a pop­u­lar fish­ing spot with port work­ers.

The walk­way will also al­low peo­ple to get a first-hand look at the op­er­a­tions of the port.

“It’s so peo­ple can un­der­stand what we do here.

“We want them to know what goes on.”

Signs along the length of the walk­way ex­plain the ac­tiv­i­ties in the con­tainer ter­mi­nal.

Miss Peter­son says there has been a steady flow of vis­i­tors since the walk­way opened ear­lier this month.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Har­bour views: Ports of Auck­land in­fra­struc­ture man­ager Ben Chrys­tall at the new walk­way next to the Fer­gus­son con­tainer ter­mi­nal.

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