Client: Auckland Council

Site: Paremoremo Scenic Reserve, Upper Harbour, Auckland

Project Overview:

Thomas Consultants managed all aspects of the small but complex renewal of 800m of bush walking track in Paremoremo Scenic Reserve. The track is part of a larger network, however, due to the presence of Kauri Dieback disease (KDB) in other parts of the reserve this track is the only one currently open to the public.

The design and delivery of the track renewal required attention to a range of factors related to its location and KDB. This included; liaison with and input from Auckland Council’s Kauri Dieback Unit, resource consents for work in a Significant Ecological Area, re-routing the track away from existing Kauri trees and obtaining building consents for track work. This project also employed specific methodology for construction and access including the use of helicopters to deliver machinery and materials, and construction hygiene protocols to prevent the spread of KDB.

Health and Safety considerations were complex in the construction period due to the use of helicopters and the location of the track in an isolated natural area. Special permissions were needed to operate within the Paremoremo Prison “no fly” zone, and additional liaison with adjoining landowners was also required due to the disturbance impacts of helicopter usage.