New Te Whau path­way will be ‘in­tru­sive’

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A shared path in­tended to con­nect the com­mu­nity with na­ture will be in­va­sive for the peo­ple who live there, res­i­dents say.

The Te Whau Path­way is a 12-kilo­me­tre shared path for both pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists.

It would ex­tend from Green Bay to Te Atatu Penin­sula on the western edge of the Whau River.

But res­i­dents of Koromiko St in New Lynn were con­cerned the walk­way, that will pass close by the back of their prop­er­ties, will be in­tru­sive.

Cliff Cor­co­ran said the orig­i­nal plan was to have a 2-me­tre flat path go­ing through the man­groves, but that con­cept had changed ‘‘quite a bit’’.

He said the walk­way would now be raised, and 4-me­tres wide - mak­ing it ‘‘in­tru­sive’’.

Down the road from Cor­co­ran, Robert Kid­die was con­cerned about se­cu­rity, pri­vacy and how the path would im­pact the ‘‘eco­log­i­cally sen­si­tive’’ area with man­groves.

‘‘We would be sit­ting in here [liv­ing room] and look­ing straight out onto the walk­way,’’ Robert Kid­die said.

He and his wife, Glo­ria Kid­die, have lived on the street for 27 years.

They say the path’s lights will shine straight into their bed­room.

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