Papakōwhai Rd shared path and intersection upgrade

We’re connecting schools, parks and public transport with a new shared path along Papakōwhai Rd, and are working on a proposal to upgrade the intersection at Whitford Brown Ave.

Papakōwhai Rd shared path & Whitford Brown Ave intersection upgrade

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Latest shared pathway updates

21 May 2024


Upcoming road closures / traffic management

This is an update on the road closures and traffic management measures in place over the next few months as we work towards completion in October. Our timeframes are indicative and subject to change but here is the current plan:

  • Brora Cres intersectionMonday 27 May to the end of July: Proposed closure 24/7 for the first week then it will be open in the uphill direction only until completed. This is the same approach that was taken for the Romesdale Rd intersection works. Detours will be in place for this closure and Brora Cres can be accessed through Romesdale Rd intersection and Kiriwai Rd. Residents’ access will be maintained at all times.
  • Paremata School raised pedestrian crossingLate May to end of June: Hours of work 9am to 2.30pm – one lane open at all times. This school safety initiative will be undertaken by our shared path contractors to ensure coordination of work in the area. The raised crossing will replace the existing zebra crossing outside Paremata School, slowing traffic and making it easier and safer for all road users (especially more vulnerable road users wishing to cross the road). Expect delays during work hours and use SH 59 as an alternative route where possible. Please note: Wellington Water is also working to increase the capacity of the Station Rd Pump Station during this same time period – we are coordinating our traffic management with theirs. Further information on this work is available at www.wellingtonwater.co.nz .
  • Aotea Lagoon raised pedestrian crossingJune: Hours of work will be 9am to 3pm within the carriageway. Work outside of these hours is limited to the berm.
  • Tweed Rd intersectionStart of June to the end of July: Hours of work 9am to 2.30pm during the school term and 9am to 3pm during the school holidays. There will be one lane closed with stop/go traffic management in place. Residents’ access will be maintained at all times. Please use Romesdale Rd or Brora Cres where possible.
  • Papakōwhai Rd from Brora Cres to the southern railway pedestrian overbridgeTargeting of July to early September: Timing to be confirmed.

Streetlights

Just a reminder, the streetlights are out in some sections as we relocate and reconnect light poles along Papakōwhai Rd. We are expecting most of these to be back on within the next two weeks before the lights between Brora Cres and the southern pedestrian rail overbridge are disconnected and then reconnected.

Project update

Between Whitford Brown Ave and Tweed Rd

In the past couple of weeks we have relocated the gas mains, constructed the new kerbing and completed the drainage and ducting at the Police College entrance. We have also installed the new streetlight poles and poured half of the concrete path at this entranceway.

Over the next couple of weeks, the retaining wall at the Police College will be completed the remaining paths will be prepped and paved, we will be turning on the streetlights and completing and reopening the Police College intersection.

Between Tweed Rd and Romesdale Rd

We’ve completed preparations for the shared path which is now ready for asphalt. We have poured the concrete paths, started the paving and laid the raised pedestrian crossing at the Romesdale Rd intersection.

Over the next couple of weeks we will finish the paving, do the topsoiling and grass seeding, and do the line markings on the road.

Romesdale Rd to Brora Cres

In the past fortnight we removed the old streetlights and installed the new ones.

Coming up we will be doing the line markings on the road and topsoiling behind the shared path.

The full 24/7 road closure at the Brora Cres intersection is currently planned for the week of Monday 27 – Friday 31 May. Access will be via the Romesdale Rd intersection or Kiriwai Rd.

Previous updates

Over the next few months there will be several road closures and continued traffic management associated with this work as we move closer to completion. Our timeframes are indicative at this stage but give you an idea of what is coming up:

  • Brora Intersection – Mid-May to the end of July (proposed closure 24/7 for the first weekend then 7am to 6pm daily till completed)
  • Paremata School raised table installation – May to end of June (hours of work 9am to 2.30pm – one lane open at all times). This school safety initiative will be undertaken by our shared path contractors to ensure coordination of work in the area. The raised table will replace the existing zebra crossing outside Paremata School, slowing traffic and making it easier and safer for all road users (especially more vulnerable road users wishing to cross the road).
  • Tweed Intersection – Start of June to the end of July (hours of work 9am to 2.30pm during the school term and 9am to 3pm during the school holidays)
  • SH 58 / SH 59 junction at Paremata bridge – June to July (hours of work 9am to 3pm) work includes the installation of a drop kerb and asphalted path for pedestrians and cyclists. The off-ramp from SH59 into SH58 will be closed for the works. Vehicles will need to take the roundabout to access to SH58.
  • Papakōwhai Rd from Brora to southern railway pedestrian overbridge – End of July to early September (hours of work proposed for 7am to 6pm).

Streetlights

Just a reminder, the streetlights are out in some sections as we relocate and reconnect light poles along Papakōwhai Rd. This means extended periods of time where some of the lights won’t be operational.

Project update

Between Whitford Brown Ave and Tweed Rd

In the past couple of weeks, we have installed (but not turned on) the new streetlights, asphalted the shared path and started the drainage work required at the Police College intersection.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be finishing the rest of the asphalting and doing the landscaping. We will also be constructing the raised table at the Police College entranceway and laying the last of the streetlight ducting in this section.

Between Tweed Rd and Romesdale Rd

We’ve continued preparations for the shared path, almost completed the drainage and installed the new streetlights (but not turned on).

Over the next couple of weeks, we will do final preparations for asphalting the shared path and will do the concrete path pour at the Romesdale intersection. We’ll also be topsoiling and grassing behind the new path.

Romesdale Rd to Brora Cres

In the past fortnight we have asphalted the shared path and will now start topsoiling and grass seeding behind the path. Coming up we will also be removing and installing the new streetlights in this section.


Between Whitford Brown Ave and Tweed Rd

In the past couple of weeks, we have completed 95% of the electric cable ducting, we have disconnected and removed the streetlights and installed the new streetlight connection points. We continued preparing the shared path to be ready for surfacing.

In the next fortnight we will relocate the gas mains, the new streetlights will be installed (but not connected up yet) and the shared path will be asphalted.

There will be road closures and stop/go in place at the Police College entranceway so that new drainage can be installed, and the new raised pedestrian crossing can also be installed.

Between Tweed Rd and Romesdale Rd

We’ve continued preparations for the shared path. With this 95% completed, we’ve installed the new tactile pavers and the new kerb line.

The focus over the next couple of weeks is on continuing to install the boxing for the shared path, plus pouring concrete for the path, and laying topsoil and grass seed.

The Brora Cres/Romesdale Rd detours will continue to be in place.

Romesdale Rd to Brora Cres

Over the next fortnight we’re planning to remove the existing streetlights, asphalt the shared path in this section and topsoil and plant grass seed behind the new path.


From Monday 15 April we will be disconnecting some of the light poles along Papakōwhai Rd as part of the new shared path work.

We need to relocate these light poles out of the way of the new path meaning there will be extended periods of time when sections of street lighting will not be operational. The light poles will be reconnected later by specialist contractors.


Between Whitford Brown Ave and Tweed Rd

In the past couple of weeks we have completed the retaining wall outside the Police College entrance and continued preparation work for the shared path.

Next week we begin removing some of the streetlights and installing the new ones. Please note these lights will be reconnected later in the project so will not be operational immediately.

Relocation of the gas pipes will also take place.

Between Tweed Rd and Romesdale Rd

We’ve continued preparations for the shared path; installing the base layer and the new kerb line.

Next week installation of the base layer will continue, and we’ll be constructing the boxing for the shared path.

Romesdale Rd to Brora Cres

Over the next fortnight we’re planning to remove existing streetlights in this section and to install new ones. Again, please note reconnection will happen later in the project so there will be a period of time when these lights are not operational.

Once the light poles are removed, we will asphalt the shared path in this section.


Work is continuing along three different sections of Papakōwhai Rd.

Completion date

Our completion date is now October 2024. Originally planned to finish this winter, earthwork consenting delays and trailing different traffic management approaches to minimise disruption have meant an increase in timeframes.

To minimise disruption, we’re doing the largest sections of work first so once completed these can be handed back to the community while we finish off work at the intersections. This will decrease the traffic management areas required later in the year.

Street lighting

There will be extended periods of time where sections of street lighting along Papakōwhai Rd will be non-operational to allow for the relocation of streetlight poles. That’s because the existing poles lie within the footprint of the new path. These need to be disconnected and, ideally, relocated so the new path can be laid. Reconnection may not be immediately possible due to specialist contractor availability meaning there will be times when sections of streetlight poles are not operational.

Project update

Between Whitford Brown Ave and Tweed Rd

Excavation and pile drilling for the retaining wall outside the Police College entrance is under way. We’ve also been excavating the shared path.

Next we’ll continue work on the retaining wall and path. We’ll also be relocating gas pipes.

Between Tweed Rd and Romesdale Rd

The new drainage at the Romesdale Rd/Papakowhai Rd intersection has been installed, bulk excavations for the path have been completed and new kerb lines installed. More work was done on installing the base layer for the shared path.

Next we will continue with the base layer on the path and installing boxing along the path.

Romesdale Rd to Brora Cres

This week we’ve asphalted between the new kerb and the existing road and have been prepping the shared path for asphalting which will be done next week.


Work is progressing well along three different sections of Papakōwhai Rd.

Between Whitford Brown Ave and Tweed Rd

Stop/go traffic management remains in place while work continues on the retaining wall outside the Police College entrance. The excavated path opposite Aotea Lagoon has been temporarily opened to the public.

Next week excavation and pile drilling will happen at the retaining wall site. We’ll also be relocating underground gas pipes.

Between Tweed Rd and Romesdale Rd

Work has progressed well on the drainage at the Romesdale Rd/Papakowhai Rd intersection meaning that we should be able to partially reopen Romesdale Rd next week. Once this happens southbound traffic on Papakōwhai Rd will be rerouted up Romesdale Rd onto Tweed Rd and back down to Papakōwhai Rd. Papakōwhai Rd will remain open to northbound traffic.

We’ve also been excavating the shared path in this section and have partially installed the base layer. Next week we’ll be completing the path excavations and will continue with the base layer. We’ll also be installing boxing along the path.

Romesdale Rd to Brora Cres

This week we’ve been doing the final preparation for the path including timber boxing. Next week we’ll be asphalting the path and in between the new kerb and the existing road.


From Monday 4 March the Papakōwhai Rd / Romesdale Rd intersection will be closed for up to two weeks until Friday 15 March. (The work is planned to take one week but we have allowed a second week if the weather is poor, or we run into issues.)

This is part of the new Papakōwhai shared path work and relates to the stop/go measures and detours in place on Papakōwhai Rd for the next 6-8 weeks (see the update below from 23 February).

We are closing the intersection so we can do the drainage work and underground service ducting required.

We will be maintaining access to properties at all the times via Tweed Rd. Impacted residents have been advised.

While this road closure is in place:

  • the northbound lane on Papakōwhai Rd will remain open with traffic management in place (including the stop/go measures mentioned above)
  • southbound traffic will be detoured up Brora Cres (on to Tweed Rd)
  • Papakōwhai Rd remains open to active transport users (e.g. pedestrians, scooter users and cyclists etc.)

An electronic signboard advising road users is in place.


From Monday 26 February 2024 there will be various detours and stop/go measures in place for 6-8 weeks along Papakōwhai Rd as we continue work on the new shared path.

Stop/go traffic management

Stop/go traffic management will be in place between Whitford Brown Ave and Tweed Rd from 9am-3pm weekdays. Outside of these hours we will be working off the road and behind the kerb lines so both lanes can remain open. This will help to minimise disruption during peak times.

Detours via Brora Cres/Romesdale Rd for southbound traffic on Papakōwhai Rd.

What to expect:

  • The northbound lane on Papakōwhai Rd will remain open with traffic management in place (including the stop/go measures mentioned above).
  • Southbound traffic will be detoured up Brora Cres, or Romesdale Rd, (on to Tweed Rd) depending on where the work is happening on Papakōwhai Road.
  • Papakōwhai Rd remains open to pedestrians, scooter users and cyclists.
  • Residents’ access will be retained.

We will initially trial having the detours in place 24/7 to determine whether this is the least disruptive way of progressing the work. We will continually review this trial over the first week or two to decide whether we should continue with 24/7 detours or limit the detours to 9am-3pm (which would require daily set-up and take-down of the detours and could result in additional time required to complete the project).


Work has progressed well over the past few weeks as we’ve made the most of the summer weather.

Thank you for your patience as we work along Papakōwhai Rd, as well as keeping to the speed limits and following the traffic management instructions, so we can keep our crews safe as they work on the new shared path.

Just to recap: construction work is generally taking place between 7am – 6pm weekdays, with some weekend and night work possible. The project is expected to be completed by the end of this winter.

Between Whitford Brown Ave and Tweed Rd

Work on the section opposite Aotea Lagoon continues as we start on a second retaining wall close to the Police College entrance. We’re currently pulling up the old footpath and preparing the ground for the new shared path. This includes installing ducting for the lighting under the path.

All going well we expect this section of work to be completed by early June 2024.

Romesdale Rd to Brora Cres

We’ve poured the kerb and channel for a large portion of this section and construction of the shared path is starting. We have coordinated with Wellington Water so they could install a wastewater pipe under the intersection alleviating the need for them to come back at a later date and dig up what we’ve done.

All going well we’re hoping to have this section of the work completed by early April 2024.

Tweed Rd to Romesdale Rd

Once work on the two sections currently underway (as above) is completed we are planning to work on the remaining section of the shared path between Tweed Rd and Romesdale Rd.

Traffic management and detours

Just a reminder that as work progresses the layout of the temporary traffic management and detour routes may be subject to change.


Construction on the new Papakōwhai Rd shared path is underway, helping to make it easier to get around this part of Porirua. Traffic management measures and detours are in place to ensure the safety of our workers and of road users.

Construction work will generally take place between 7am – 6pm weekdays, with some weekend and night work possible. This project is expected to be completed by this winter.

What to expect on Papakōwhai Rd:

  • The northbound lane will remain open during most of the work (apart from the occasional night-time detour)
  • The southbound lane will be detoured around adjacent roads during some phases of construction.

Other traffic management that may be in place includes:

  • Stop/go
  • Contraflow (two-way traffic, moved over and slowed down)
  • Narrowed road widths
  • Temporary speed restrictions
  • Temporary removal of on-street parking.

Where possible please use alternative routes and expect delays.

For more information see below


We now have two active construction sections operating along Papakōwhai Rd as part of the new shared path project.

The first section is opposite Aotea Lagoon and includes work on the retaining wall outside the Police College and construction of the new shared path.

The second section of work on Papakōwhai Rd runs from opposite the bottom of Langwell Pl to just north of Romesdale Rd. This section will include constructing the new shared path and installing a raised zebra crossing at the Romesdale Rd intersection.

Traffic management is in place which will affect road users and roadside parking outside the lagoon. Parking will be reinstated, where possible, after 3pm. The lagoon carparks will remain open at all times.

A detour is also in place to allow for the safety of contractors as they work to widen the path and undertake the other work associated with the project.

Detour / traffic management details:

  • Stop/go management will be in place this week from Whitford Brown Ave to Tweed Rd while the contractors are stripping topsoil This is forecast to be completed by the end of the week. Once completed two-way traffic will be reinstated.
  • The north-bound lane on Papakōwhai Rd from Tweed Rd remains open to traffic.
  • South-bound traffic on Papakōwhai Rd is being detoured via Brora Cres and Tweed Road.
  • The south-bound detour operates from 7am-6pm weekdays and will be in place for several months.

Expect delays and please consider using alternative routes.

Visit the coffee cart at the southern Aotea Lagoon car park

The coffee cart is up and running in its new location. This is a temporary spot until work is finished – pop in and say hi!



Check out the aerial video showing how the Whitford Brown Avenue intersection and Papakōwhai Road area currently look.



A new shared pathway along Papakōwhai Rd

A new shared pathway is being constructed along the eastern side of Papakōwhai Rd to improve the connection between key locations including Aotea College, Aotea Lagoon, Paremata School and Paremata Railway Station. Construction began in November 2023.

The shared pathway will also form part of the Te Araroa Trail and tie in with a planned upgrade of the Papakōwhai Rd and Whitford Brown Ave intersection.

This shared path supports the Council's objectives to reduce emissions and focus on moving towards a more climate-resilient way of life.

It is fully funded by the Government’s Transport Choices fund (led by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency).

The Transport Choices fund is about making changes to streets and the way people use them. This is to enable people to take alternative modes of transport for their activities or commute (i.e. embrace walking, cycling or public transport as a means of travel).

View a plan of the shared pathway works

View an overview poster of the shared pathway project

View an overview poster of the pump track for Aotea Lagoon

View a map of the traffic management zones


Shared pathway construction - traffic management and detours

Construction on the new Papakōwhai Rd shared path is under way, meaning various traffic management measures and detours are in place to ensure the safety of our workers and of road users. Residents’ access will be retained.

Construction work is generally taking place between 7am – 6pm weekdays, with some weekend and night work possible. The project is expected to be completed in October 2024.

What to expect on Papakōwhai Rd

  • The northbound lane will remain open during most of the work (apart from the occasional night-time detour)
  • The southbound lane will be detoured around adjacent roads during some phases of construction (see below for more detailed information on detours).

Other traffic management that may be in place includes:

  • Stop/go
  • Contraflow (two-way traffic, moved over and slowed down)
  • Narrowed road widths
  • Temporary speed restrictions
  • Temporary removal of on-street parking.

Where possible please use alternative routes and expect delays.

How the work is being undertaken

The entire site has been split into 5 individual zones as shown below – the initial three sites operating will be 1, 3 and 5. This is to help minimise the disruption caused by completing the work as one large site.

See a map of the traffic management zones

Detours will be in place from time to time

As we work through the different construction zones, different detours and traffic management may be put in place during the hours of 7am – 6pm. Detours will be used as-needed and will depend on which activities are being undertaken and what is being constructed. Access for residents will be retained.

The initial temporary traffic management for zones 1, 3 and 5 is expected to be in place for several months, with work on zones 2 and 4 programmed to follow. All work is expected to be completed by winter.

What to expect:

When the Brora Cres detour is in place:

  • Vehicles heading south on Papakōwhai Rd will be sent up Brora Cres and along either Romesdale Rd or Tweed Rd to rejoin Papakōwhai Rd.
  • Residents’ access will be retained.

Romesdale Rd detour and traffic management:

  • Romesdale Rd will act as a detour route to get back on to Papakōwhai Rd when the Brora Cres detour is in place
  • Otherwise Romesdale Rd will remain open turning into and out of Papakōwhai Rd
  • During stop/go activities on Papakōwhai Rd, there may be potential delays for left-turning vehicles to allow northbound traffic to pass through
  • Residents’ access will be retained.

Tweed Rd

  • Tweed Rd will predominantly remain open for the duration of the works
  • Traffic management will be in place when the raised table and road surfacing is undertaken at this intersection with Papakōwhai Rd. There is a possibility of night work at this time
  • During completion of zone 2 work there may be a stop/go in place which could cause minor delays during work hours.

As work progresses, the layout of the temporary traffic management and detour routes may be subject to change. We will keep you posted on changes.


This project is about more than just a shared pathway, it’s about making a safer, more attractive environment for all. Key features include:

  • A 3.5m wide shared path where possible
  • Raised tables to make it safer for pedestrians to cross by lowering vehicle speeds
  • Better lighting
  • Installation of a pump track at Aotea Lagoon. The pump track has been designed so it can be moved around the Wellington region in the future.
  • Parking on Papakōwhai Road by the southern overbridge to Paremata Railway Station will be moved back approximately 80 metres to allow for widening the shared path on the eastern side.

Construction began in November 2023 with work scheduled for completion in October 2024.

This project does have a tight timeframe for construction so will be delivered in sections with the potential for some work to be completed later in a subsequent funding round.


Why are you moving parking?

This is a safety issue. Parking on Papakōwhai Road by the southern pedestrian overbridge to the railway station will be moved back approximately 80 metres to allow for narrowing the road, widening the shared path, and the installation of a raised zebra crossing. Moving this parking ensures there is enough width for all users, and provides the required visibility to the crossing.

Congested parking at Aotea Lagoon – what can you do about it?

We are currently working with the Police College to limit staff parking along Papakōwhai Rd and provide more available parking to Lagoon users. The Police College is also implementing procedures internally to limit the number of staff utilising the on-street parking.

Can you put in more parking at Aotea Lagoon?

We are currently not looking at putting more parking in at Aotea Lagoon as the aim of this project is to encourage other modes of travel rather than cars. By putting more carparks in, we would be encouraging more car usage. We are however, trying to minimize parking loss.

Can we have recessed or angle parking to create more parking?

Due to space requirements, land ownership and cost there are currently no plans to implement additional angle parking.

Isn’t it dangerous for children and cyclists to be sharing the same path?

We believe that the path will be wide enough for both cyclists and pedestrians to coexist on the path. The current path is used by pedestrians and cyclists concurrently and is considerably narrower than the new path.

Why can’t you spend this money on fixing the roads?

There are separate budgets for regular maintenance and emergency repairs to the roading network. No money spent on Transport Choices projects is taken from regular maintenance or emergency repair funding. Transport Choices projects are funded by Waka Kotahi from Government’s Climate Emergency Response Fund, which is resourced via the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Will all the current power poles be relocated away from the proposed shared path and where will they be situated?

No. There are plans to relocate six power poles situated at the northern end of Papakōwhai Rd to maximise the shared path width and prevent a narrow pinch point. All other power poles will remain in their current location.

The view lines for pedestrians crossing south to north at Romesdale Rd intersection with Papakōwhai Rd are obscured by the overgrown vegetation at the bottom of the street – will this be addressed?

Yes. As part of the design process sight lines and visibility for both path users and road users has been assessed. As a result, vegetation will be cleared where required to ensure these sight line remain clear.

Transport Choices FAQs

Why are you trying to force people out of cars?

National and local government policy to offer more transport options is not about taking away from people who drive. It is about giving people the chance to choose to cycle, walk or use public transport to get around their neighbourhoods safely and cost-effectively, while reducing their impact on climate change.

What are raised tables?

It is important that crossing points are safe to use for everyone. Ensuring vehicle speeds are low at a crossing point ensures that should a crash occur, it is unlikely to result in a death or serious injury, because speed is the biggest determining factor to how much harm is caused in a crash.

Raised safety platforms are an elevated section of road, installed on the approach to areas of higher risk, such as intersections and pedestrian crossings, that are designed to slow traffic. If something happens, vehicles are travelling slowly enough to give people time to react and avoid a crash. If a crash does happen, people are much more likely to survive and avoid serious injury if the impact is at a slower speed.

In addition, raised pedestrian platforms are safer for people walking where there are no controlled crossings, international research has shown them to reduce death and serious injuries by around 40 per cent.


10 January 2024 - Work underway again

This week

Our contractors are back on site at Papakōwhai Rd and have been marking out the underground services. They are starting work building a retaining wall outside the Police College which will allow us to widen the path along this section.

What’s next…

Work on the shared path will continue opposite Aotea Lagoon for the next few months.

There will be traffic management in place which will affect road users and roadside parking outside the lagoon. Parking will be reinstated, where possible, after 3pm. The lagoon carparks will remain open at all times.

Detours may be in place and there may be occasional weekend work. Expect delays and consider using alternative routes.

Construction work will also be happening in other sections along Papakōwhai Rd and we’ll update you on those as start dates for these are confirmed.

A new spot for the coffee cart

The coffee cart has been temporarily relocated to the southern Aotea Lagoon car park while work is happening in the lagoon area. Don’t worry… they’ll still be serving the same great coffee and operating the usual hours.

12 December 2023 - Progress update

So far, we have moved power poles at the northern end of Papakōwhai Rd to allow space for the wider path and have set up the site yard at Papakōwhai Reserve.

We successfully installed the pump track at Aotea Lagoon at the start of December and it is already proving popular with those on bikes, scooters, roller blades, roller skates, skateboards etc.

What’s next…

You won’t see much more happening before Christmas as we wait for our final consents (submitted in August) to come through. Construction work is set to kick off in the new year.

We are still planning to complete the shared path in winter 2024.

Whitford Brown Ave / Papakōwhai Rd intersection

An additional upgrade of the Whitford Brown Ave intersection with Papakōwhai Rd may have to be deferred subject to budget announcements due in late June 2024. You can read more on this below under the Whitford Brown Avenue intersection upgrade heading and timeframe information.

4 December 2023 - New pump track opens at Aotea Lagoon

An exciting new facility for those that love their wheels has opened in Porirua.

Located at Aotea Lagoon, this new family friendly pump track makes use of the space where the old duck pond used to be.

The pump track is a loop of mounds and curves providing the ultimate riding experience with perfect geometry for rhythm and flow for those on bikes, scooters, roller blades, roller skates and skateboards.

The pump track is 100 per cent funded from the Transport Choices programme administered by Waka Kotahi as part of the Papakōwhai Rd shared path project that’s currently under construction.

The shared path will make it easier to get to and from the pump track on wheels and is just another way of making it more attractive for people to get out of cars and get active.

The pump track has been designed so that it can be moved to other locations around the region in future.

Work on the shared path is due for completion in winter 2024.

Take a look at the media release.

November 2023 - Construction starts this month on Papakōwhai Rd shared path

All going well, construction is planned to start 20 November 2023 and be completed in winter 2024.

Work will be done in sections between Aotea Lagoon and the southern pedestrian railway overbridge, mostly on the eastern side of the road where the existing footpath is being widened.

We know Aotea Lagoon is a family favourite and are working hard to minimise disruption.

Work will generally take place Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm.

  • Before 9am and after 3pm work will be confined to the shoulder and shouldn’t impact road users.
  • Between 9am and 3pm traffic management like stop/go will impact traffic and roadside parking.

Roadside parking will be reinstated, where possible, after 3pm. Both the north and south lagoon carparks will remain open at all times.

It is possible that detours may be in place during some of the work and that there may be occasional weekend work if needed. Road users can expect delays so should consider using alternative routes where possible. Pedestrian and cycle access will remain open.

Read the full community update

October 2023 - Construction contract awarded

Construction of Papakōwhai Road’s shared path will start in late November 2023. The contract has been awarded to John Fillmore Contracting Ltd (JFC) and construction will be done in sections between Aotea Lagoon and the southern pedestrian railway overbridge.

The majority of work will happen on the eastern side of the road where the existing footpath is being widened, where possible, to a 3.5-metre shared path.

Traffic management will be in place and road users can expect delays during construction so should consider using alternative routes where they can. Pedestrian and cycle access will remain open during construction.

September 2023 - thanks for community feedback

A big thank you to everyone who dropped in to our information & feedback session for these projects.

About 60 people attended the evening session at Papakōwhai School on 19 September.

We received a lot of valuable information and comments.

New pump track goes in at Aotea Lagoon

Come and try our new pump track

A new pump track was installed early December 2023 at Aotea Lagoon as part of the shared pathway project.

The pump track is a loop of mounds and curves providing the ultimate riding experience with perfect geometry for rhythm and flow for those on bikes, scooters, roller blades, roller skates and skateboards.


Whitford Brown Avenue intersection upgrade

Intersection improvements and safer crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists are planned for the Whitford Brown Avenue / Papakōwhai Road intersection.

As growth continues in this area it is important to provide safe crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists using this strategic corridor between Porirua and Paremata. This helps make it easier for people to get around the city without having to always jump in a car – one of the Council’s objectives to help reduce emissions and focus on moving towards a more climate-resilient way of life.

This work will also improve safety for motorists. Current wait times for motorists exiting Papakōwhai Road and turning right across Whitford Brown Avenue can be lengthy. This can lead to frustration and people pulling out when they shouldn’t. Since 2019 there have been 13 crashes on Papakōwhai Road and Whitford Brown Avenue (4 minor and 9 non-injury).

Project in design phase (December 2023)

The upgrade of the Whitford Brown Ave intersection with Papakōwhai Rd is in the design phase.

Construction may have to be deferred subject to budget announcements due in late June 2024.

When it goes ahead, the project will include signalised pedestrian crossings, traffic signals, an additional left turning lane out of Papakōwhai Rd, better lighting and a new raised pedestrian crossing at the southern entrance to Aotea Lagoon.

View a draft plan of the improvements

View an overview poster of the intersection improvements


Work includes:

  • Improving vehicle safety – by providing a dedicated left- turning lane from Papakōwhai Road and a signalised intersection to assist those turning right into Whitford Brown Avenue.
  • Improved pedestrian and cyclist safety – by providing a dedicated signalised crossing to help keep vulnerable users safe, installation of a shared path on the south side of Whitford Brown Avenue, and a new raised pedestrian crossing on Papakōwhai Road at the southern entrance to Aotea Lagoon. This will improve safety for Aotea College students by providing a safe crossing point over Whitford Brown Avenue.

The construction stage of this project may be deferred until the 2025/26 financial year. This is in line with the recent update from Council on managing the rates rises in the next Long-Term Plan (LTP) period, 2024-34 (see here for the media release).

We expect to hear in late June 2024 what the confirmed budget phasing for the next stage will be (i.e. after public consultation on the LTP).

Until budget phasing for the next stage is confirmed we will continue progressing the current design stage so we can resume this project ASAP.


There are already significant delays at Okowai Road at peak times – won’t this make that worse?

We are aware of the current issues on Okowai Road and have completed extensive modelling of the intersection in various scenarios to determine the best intersection option and the resultant effect to level of service and general operation following the intersection upgrade.

During peak school drop-off and pick-up times there will be a decrease in the level of service for Okowai Road during the red phase of the traffic signals for Whitford Brown traffic. The rest of time the modelling shows the level of service on Okowai Road will remain at a similar level.

We do have plans to investigate further improvements to Okowai and adjoining roads in the future to complement the main intersection upgrade. We propose to finalise construction of the new intersection, then monitor the post construction performance and impact to Okowai Road. Then we will be better educated to investigate an appropriate solution for the Okowai Road intersection.

Why don’t you improve the SH59 intersection?

The SH59 intersection is managed by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency so this is outside of Porirua City Council’s jurisdiction. As part of the Whitford Brown Avenue/ Papakōwhai Road intersection upgrade the new traffic signals will be coordinated with the existing signals on SH59 to minimise disruption.

Why did you choose traffic signals as the preferred option for the intersection?

The traffic signals option makes use of the existing road footprint without the need for any additional land purchase, while still providing improvements for traffic flow and road safety.

A roundabout option was considered but due to land requirements and cost this option was discounted. To install an appropriately sized roundabout a considerable amount of land would need to be purchased from private owners which is not always feasible.

How will the signals work so there are not massive tail backs?

Signals at the new intersection will be controlled via SCATS (Sydney coordinated adaptive traffic system) which allows remote adjustment to signal phasing should any significant delays occur. The proposed signals will be coordinated with the existing signals on SH59 to provide the maximum efficiency.

We are not anticipating a significant reduction in traffic throughput on Whitford Brown Avenue and transit times are not expected to be impacted by more than 40-50 seconds.

Wouldn’t it be better to have a roundabout at this intersection?

A roundabout would require the purchase of a significant amount of land due to the footprint require for an appropriately sized roundabout. This land is currently owned by private entities. In addition, there is potential for similar delays for right turning vehicles from Papakōwhai Road due to the large number of vehicles on Whitford Brown Avenue which is the dominant flow.

In addition:

  • Probable increased delays to Whitford Brown Avenue, and Okowai Road, users compared to both the Do Nothing and Signal options.
  • Possible increase in use of Omapere Street as drivers delayed by a RAB seek to bypass the intersection altogether.
  • Increased safety risk to cyclists and no safe crossing point to the adjacent footpath on Papakowhai road.

Why have you chosen to merge two lanes into one where you have? Wouldn’t that be better further up Whitford Brown Avenue by Okowai Street?

We have tested this in our design software and what we have found is that there is insufficient width to allow for two uphill lanes, one downhill lane and a right turn lane while maintaining the minimum required lane widths and maintaining the cycle way up Whitford Brown. To achieve this, we would need to realign the existing kerb and footpath opposite Okowai Road to provide the sufficient width, however this is not achievable within the current project budget.

We would also be required to remove the on-road cycle path to provide the required width, this goes against our project objective to improve the safety of all road users and provide suitable facilities to encourage walking and cycling.

It is also likely that this will would not resolve congestion as a merge from two lanes to one is still required at some point. The current merge location meets the minimum visibility requirements and has been chosen as there is ample forward visibility for road users to perceive the merge. Moving the merging point further up adjacent to Okowai Road introduces significant safety concerns as the merge will conflict with right turning vehicles from Okowai Road.

As part of the project, new markings and signage will be installed to meet current standards. This will provide road users with advanced warning of the upcoming merge which will assist in highlighting the merge point while encourage correct merging practices.

We will monitor the completed intersection performance and if required complete further work, we are committed to getting it right.


If you have any questions? Please email us.