Published in the New Zealand Herald. June 30th 2008, by Mathew Dearnaley.
Auckland City is taking the unusual step of putting motorway construction plans in Transit NZ's $230 million duplication of its Manukau Harbour crossing to a public hearing.
Transit backed away last year from building a controversial motorway interchange at Onehunga as part of the project, to reduce a risk that legal challenges may prevent it from completing the crossing in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
After a complex hearing of its bid to extend a land designation, to allow it to double the width of the four-lane motorway along Onehunga Bay, Transit withdrew its application in favour of a simplified project.
In this newsletter:
"For much of the last 100 years, landfill roads and utility construction have badly damaged the natural environment on the shores of Manukau Harbour.
The Onehunga Bay/Hugh Watt Drive area is an obvious example. With the rebuilding of the motorway, we have a unique opportunity to undo some of the damage and create a great recreation area for Hillsborough and Onehunga residents. The road from the airport to Auckland City is the gateway to our city for many visitors and now we have the change to create a positive impression.
If you haven't already signed the paper format of the petition, there is now an online version you can complete. All petition entries need to be in by June 30th, 2008.
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Thank you for making your voice heard for a better Onehunga.
~The TOES Team