Keep up to date with how the project is going, and understand the process so far. New events will be added as the project progresses.
20 October 2020 Looking after kororā
During construction of the new walking and biking paths, conservation dog Mena and handler Alastair Judkins from the Kaikoura Ocean Research Institute have been brought in every now and then to check the foreshore for kororā (little blue penguins), penguin burrows and other roosting areas.
The old eroding brick, concrete and steel demolition materials shown here have been replaced with new rocks that will provide more secure and appealing nooks and crannies for kororā to nest and moult.
The penguin detection experts search the vegetation and rocks to map spots where little blue penguins have been nesting or resting so special care can be taken in these locations.
Six-year-old Mena is a New Zealand-born Hungarian Vizsla, a type of pointer that has been specially trained to find places where penguins may be, or have been, regularly frequenting. She is certified by the Department of Conservation to work as a conservation dog as part of its Conservation Dogs Programme.
The penguin protection work is just one of the ways Wellington City Council is working to safeguard wildlife as part of the project, which involves developing better quality walking and bike paths and landscaping and replanting sections of this important coastal route.Read more
13 July 2020 Planting begins More Less
Planting of hardy native coastal plants started this week as part of landscaping the seaward side of Cobham Drive. The first plants have gone in at the Evans Bay Parade end in places where the construction work is complete.
Thousands of locally sourced seedlings have been raised for the project and these will be planted over several winters. The hardiest plants are going in first and these will provide shelter for smaller seedlings.
19 June 2020 Bike path asphalting complete More Less
Contractors finish asphalting the bike path along Cobham Drive.
15 June 2020 Coastal protection work More Less
Coastal protection work to help strengthen the most vulnerable section of Cobham Drive from erosion and storm damage started this week.
We're doing this work as part of the Cobham Drive project due to increasing erosion on part of the coastal edge near the new walking and biking paths.
Over the next five months, a 400m-long sloping rock bank – or revetment – will be built along the foreshore between Troy Street and Calabar Road.
This land was reclaimed in the 1950s using old demolition materials like concrete, brick and steel. We're now removing as much of this material as possible and replacing it with clean rock fill.
The nooks and crannies in the new banks will provide more secure and appealing places for kororā (little blue penguins) to nest and moult.
Once the coastal protection work is complete, the adjacent construction compound will be removed, and the public car park area near Troy Street will be redeveloped and reopened. Finishing touches over the winter include planting thousands of hardy coastal native plants.
1 June 2020: Landscaping around the wind sculptures More Less
Large rocks are placed around Akau Tangi (one of the wind sculptures) as part of the landscaping work. There will also be seats and bike parking so people can stop and enjoy the views.