14 Dec 2016

Stormwater Solutions is delighted to have been nominated as a finalist for 2016’s IPENZ Arthur Mead for its work on the Oneroa Cycle and Walkway which runs along the Gisborne beachfront from Waikanae to Midway Beach. The project fitted the overall Arthur Mead project brief for environmentally-focussed outcomes incorporating innovative solutions.

The Oneroa Cycle and Walkway also won Gisborne District Council the Kiwis Choice Award in the 2016 Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards. The Kiwis Choice Award recognises a favourite spot in New Zealand based upon location, facilities available, natural beauty, man-made beauty, cleanliness, popularity and uniqueness.

Stormwater Solutions’ Bronwyn Rhynd says the brief for the project was to create a high quality, culturally significant, scenic walkway which told stories of navigation and settlement - while improving the environment.

“At the core of the project was the use of low impact design principles - minimising the impact on the environment - and the use of locally sourced recycled materials.”

Bronwyn says a key element of the project was the creation of the region’s first Water Sensitive Design raingarden. This operates as an effective stormwater device - reducing flood risk to neighbouring properties by incorporating an innovative spillway beneath the walkway to the beach.

“The raingarden also treats the catchment’s stormwater and captures debris and litter which would otherwise drain to the beach. In addition, beach erosion is reduced by the creation of a soakage area for minor storm events and removing stormwater outfalls.”

She says sections of the boardwalk were elevated to protect the dunes from pedestrian traffic and landscape planting and dune restoration were undertaken along the length of the walkway to restore and enhance the dunes.

The project included extensive community consultation and community involvement in both the design and construction of the walkway and raingardens.

“Culture played an important role. Local artists involved in the design and art works which feature on the walkway, providing unique and meaningful Maori elements relating to the navigational seafaring history of the region.

“The treatment of stormwater within the streetscape is aligned with Mauri Tu (environmental health) and Taiao (natural landscape elements).”

The walkway was officially opened to the public in August 2015.