HELPING TO DEVELOP NEW ZEALAND'S SIGNIFICANT COASTAL WALKWAYS WITH MINIMAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

4Sight has been involved in several ecologically sensitive coastal walkway projects throughout New Zealand including the Oneroa Beachfront Cycle and Walkway in Gisborne as well as the Orakei Basin and Weona Walkways in Auckland. 

THE APPROACH

The interface between land and sea is often an ecologically sensitive environment, and is of particular value to iwi and local communities. As a result, 4Sight's approach with coastal walkway projects is to have early input into the route selection and design phases. 

Doing so helps us understand and outline the project's key ecological and cultural priorities, and build these into its design in a pragmatic manner. It also gives us the opportunity to align the client's vision with community interests and environmental concerns from the offset.

 
 

THE PROJECT

Coastal projects encompass multiple complex stages including constraints analysis, route selection and construction works management. We lend our planning and ecological expertise to every stage in our clients' projects, with some of our services including:

  • assisting with developing designs, pulling specialist teams together and managing experts
  • aiding with the acquisition of land use and regional consents;
  • iwi and community consultation
  • terrestrial, wetland, estuarine and marine surveys;
  • terrestrial and coastal bird surveys;
  • native lizard habitat and population surveys;
  • assessment of ecological effects;
  • preparation of ecological management plans;
  • lizard capture, captive management and relocation; 
  • ecological design input;
  • supporting environmental compliance during construction

THE OUTCOME

4Sight has been involved in a large number of coastal walkway projects over the years. As a result of this extensive experience, our planners and ecologists have been able to help our clients produce walkway designs that strike a careful balance between community and iwi interests, environmental concerns and economic realities.