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South Auckland

South Auckland – have your say

Since 2016, we've engaged with communities, stakeholders and landowners about the future transport network in South Auckland. The below sections provide details of current and previous consultation periods, and feedback received.

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We’re not currently seeking feedback on any projects in South Auckland, but will be doing so later in 2021.

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Closed for feedback: New train stations for Drury and Paerata

Feeback open from 15 February–26 March 2021

We asked for your feedback on the new train stations for Drury and Paerata. We wanted to know what you thought about the facilities we're proposing for each of the stations – things like bus connections, park and rides, walking and cycling paths and ways to access the stations.

  • Summary of feedback

    We received:

    • 199 pieces of feedback
    • 123 comments on the Supporting Growth Social Pinpoint page
    • 76 surveys completed

    Key feedback themes

    • Significant support for all three new stations
    • Strong desire for active transport connections (especially safe walking and cycling paths)
    • Concerns about large park and ride facilities, many would like to see the land used for housing instead of car parking
    • Strong support for new and improved public transport options to access the rail network fro commuting to/from work
    • Less support for the location of Paerata Station, some would prefer to access the station from Paerata Rise side of the rail line closer to State Highway 22.

    South Auckland feedback summary [PDF, 197 KB]

    Visit our Social Pinpoint page to view all map comments(external link)

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  • How we used your feedback

    Community feedback was an important part of getting to where we are now. Your feedback and local knowledge, along with technical investigations, gave us more information to help develop the station designs in more detail.

    The next step is to finalise the locations of the stations. Planning and design work, along with property acquisition will help confirm the land needed for the new stations and their supporting facilities. In the meantime, KiwiRail as owner and manager of the rail corridor has applied for the Drury Central and Paerata stations to be processed under the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 to enable work to start on these stations as soon as possible. Notices of Requirement (designation) will then be lodged to protect the land needed to for the construction of Drury West station.

    On Friday 4 June, the Government confirmed funding for the three stations in the Drury area - Drury Central, Drury West and Paerata as part of the NZ Upgrade Programme. 

    As the project moves into the next phase, KiwiRail will now be responsible for the design and construction of the three stations. Engagement with Iwi and stakeholders on the design of the stations is ongoing and we will provide an update later in 2021 once this work is finalised.

    KiwiRail’s Property Team are continuing to meet with landowners to discuss potential impacts to their properties while work continues on the necessary planning approvals (consents and designations).

    Construction is expected to start in 2023 and be completed by 2025. Our intention is to build as much as possible in parallel to the project to electrify between Papakura to Pukekohe.

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Closed for feedback: Planning south Auckland’s transport future together

Feedback open from 18 May–19 June 2020

We asked for feedback on a range of preferred options for public transport, rail upgrades and road improvements including local roads and state highways. Several projects were consulted on:

  • Mill Road – a new connection from Manukau to Drury South
  • Pukekohe Expressway and connections to State Highway 22
  • Pukekohe Urban Arterial
  • Rail – supporting urban and economic growth
  • Road upgrades along Ōpāheke Road, Ponga Road and Waihoehoe Road.
  • How we used your feedback

    After public engagement closed we:

    • analysed your feedback and published a summary report
    • continued to engage with landowners and the community to answer questions and close the loop on their feedback
    • carried out technical investigations for the Mill Road corridor and rail and road upgrades in and around Drury
    • finalised the Detailed Business Case (DBC) for approval and started preparation to lodge the Notices of Requirement (NoR) with Auckland Council for Drury and Ōpāheke local road upgrade projects
    • refined the intended locations for Drury and Paerata train stations and their facilities for further engagement with landowners and the community during February–March 2021

    Update on Mill Road corridor

    In January 2020, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency was asked by the Government to deliver Mill Road as part of the NZ Upgrade Programme.

    NZ Upgrade Programme(external link)

    Between early-2020 and early-2021 significant planning and design work was carried out, along with engagement with landowners and the community and technical investigations to help confirm the preferred route.

    In June 2021, the Government announced changes to some New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects to meet climate change and housing objectives, as well as manage cost increases and debt responsibly following COVID-19.

    Changes to the Mill Road project and other south Auckland projects(external link).

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Closed for feedback: Drury and Ōpāheke projects

Feeback open from December 2019-January 2020

We asked for feedback on the draft preferred options for a range of road upgrade projects in the Drury and Ōpāheke areas.

  • How we used your feedback

    All feedback was received and considered, and along with further technical investigations, this helped confirm the preferred options. From there, we prepared for further consultation with landowners and the community on the preferred options during May–June 2020.

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Closed for feedback: Ideas and options for the future transport network in southern growth areas

Feedback open in 2018

During 2018, we asked for feedback on ideas and options for the future transport network in Auckland’s southern growth areas. We talked to the community, Manawhenua, transport stakeholders and local boards. We held public open days, meetings and hui, and received both written and verbal feedback.

  • Summary of feedback
    • An overall recognition that transport planning is needed now in advance of future urban growth
    • There was strong support for public transport to be at the heart of future improvements, provided it has fast, frequent services
    • Most people supported upgrades to the passenger rail network, including express services, electrification, additional track(s) and additional rail stations. There is interest in a supporting Rapid Transit Network (RTN) if it connects to other key destinations and works in well with the rail network
    • People are concerned about safety, and would like more Park and Ride facilities and walking and cycling connections to public transport stations
    • There was support for the programme’s aim of futureproofing a range of strategic road and highway upgrades, but many people also suggested prioritising public transport and rail improvements, including dedicated lanes for public transport and walking and cycling
    • Many people would like priority given in the short term to existing congestion and safety issues.

    South Auckland feedback summary [PDF, 633 KB]

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Closed for feedback: Potential transport network improvements

In 2016, we talked to the community about their transport aspirations for South Auckland. You can view the results of this consultation here [PDF, 3.5 MB].

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