East-West Link simulations seen as disingenuous
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has redacted inaccurate images it used to apply for consent on New Zealand’s most expensive roading project.
NZTA is in the process of seeking resource consent for the East-West Link (EWL) infrastructure project.
In its application for consent NZTA included images relating to the Neilson Street interchange part of the project. The images were photos of a Manukau Harbour coastline, which had 3D modelling of the highway digitally overlaid to show the proposed path of the EWL.
One photo was taken from the Taumanu/Onehunga Foreshore Reserve looking south-east towards the interchange. Another photo was taken from Onehunga Mall looking west across Gloucester Park.
However, independent visual simulations produced by opposition group The Onehunga Enhancement Society (TOES) found NZTA’s images featured mistakes. They showed the height of ramps between the overbridge and the start of the motorway trench were too low.
An NZTA statement claiming the Manukau Harbour would be visible from one of the viewpoints was also retracted. New visualisations were issued correcting the errors.
NZTA landscape and visual expert Gavin Listen said the changes were immaterial.
TOES chairperson Jim Jackson said the images were disingenuous to the consenting process.
NZTA needed to show greater corporate and social responsibility and better engage businesses and residents, he said. He supported the project but it needed to be done in a manner which did not compromise the Onehunga community, Jackson said.
NZTA system designs manager Brett Gliddon said the visuals were concepts produced for the consenting process and not for engagement.
‘‘Following the board of inquiry process, we will continue to carry out more detailed design and will be engaging with the community on this during the next stage of the project,’’ Gliddon said.
‘‘NZTA need to show greater corporate and social responsibility and better engage businesses and residents.’’
TOES chairperson Jim Jackson says NZTA’s images are disingenuous to the consenting process.