A city fit for the future

We’re rebalancing our existing street space to make it safer and easier for people to walk, ride, and use public transport. The Ngaio connection is the first part of the northern connection of Paneke Pōneke - joining from the central city to Ngaio, Crofton Downs, Khandallah and Johnsonville.  

Project at a glance

This 2.9km route will make it easier for more people to bike/scoot from the Hutt Road up Kaiwharawhara Road and Ngaio Gorge Road to Crofton Road, and up Cameron Street to the Kaiwharawhara Bridle Path.

Bus and bike improvements along the route include:

  • Better access to bus stpos
  • New raised pedestrian crossings
  • Uphill bike lanes (one-way)
  • Sharrow road markings going downhill
  • Safer speeds around Ngaio village and on Cameron Street
  • Some parking removal and parking changes along the route and on side streets, with a staged approach through the business area on the lower part of Kaiwharawhara Road

We’re delivering the project in three stages, with initial work on Kenya Street getting underway as part of routine maintenance to reseal the road.

The remainder of the first stage of improvements across the whole route will begin installation from late March.

Arrows show the steps of the process. 1. Discovery: Understanding local context and design. 2. Have your say on proposed design. A dashed line breaks the process diagram to show when there is a Council decision to install. Process then continues to 3. Installation: Information provided on timing. 4. Follow up: Experience the changes and give feedback. 5 Adapt and adjust the changes. Text under the third step, installation, says 'we are here'.

Stay in touch and get involved

We're keen to involve the community as we go, so we will be sending updates when there are opportunities to get involved or have your say. You can see the latest email updates below.

Got questions about the project? Email ngaioconnections@wcc.govt.nz

Latest updates on Ngaio Connection

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This is a primary route as part of the bike network plan, and connects to the existing Hutt Road to city route, and planned future connections to Crofton Downs and Wadestown and  Johnsonville via Khandallah. 

On 23 September 2021, Councillors gave approval to consult on a connected citywide bike network that will make streets safer and healthier for everyone.  

Officers had been asked to look at how the delivery of a bike network could be accelerated, and a new approach was developed to deliver the proposed routes faster.  

The transitional programme approach uses adaptable materials so that interim improvements can be installed quickly, so people can start using the routes faster, and then give feedback so the route changes can be refined further for future permanent improvements. 

This new approach and the full bike network plan, Paneke Pōneke, went out for consultation in November 2021, and was approved by Councillors on 10 March 2022. 

Through Paneke Pōneke and the Bus Priority Action Plan, the transitional programme is rebalancing how we use our existing street space to give people more options for how they get around.  

These changes will make it easier for people on bikes, scooters, and buses to move safely around the city. 

From June 2022, we began engaging with residents and businesses about planned bus and bike improvements along this route.

Following discussions with groups in the community and stakeholders, we included the following changes in our designs:

  • Proposing a staged approach to Kaiwharawhara businesses can adapt to parking changes and consider new ways of using off street parking space, using clearways during busier times during first two stages
  • Installing a 8am-4pm loading zone at the bottom of Ngaio Gorge 
  • Removing two car parks at the bottom of Cameron Street to make it safer for everyone
  • Changes to parking restrictions along Cameron Street to detract long stay cars from other suburbs
  • Changing to an uphill cycle shoulder on Cameron Street to guide people to the Kaiwharawhara Bridle Path
  • Changing 50km/h to 30 km/h for safer speeds on Cameron Street
  • Extending the 30km/h zone from the Ngaio shops through to Crofton Road
  • Installing a new raised pedestrian crossing and raising the existing pedestrian crossing on Kenya Street and top of Ngaio Gorge Road to make it easier to get to bus stops and cross streets
  • Removing car parks on the south side of Kenya Street to make bus trips faster and easier.

As part of our engagement, we’ve worked closely with groups in the community and stakeholders to make changes to the proposed design.

These groups have included: 

  • Bus Driver Union members
  • Cameron Street residents
  • Cycle Wellington
  • Disability action groups
    • CCS Disability Action
    • Blind and Low Vision
    • D-Sport
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • Kaiwharawhara businesses
  • Let's Get Wellington Moving
  • Living Streets Aotearoa
  • Metlink
  • Ngaio businesses
  • Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency