12 February 2021 |  View online
Kia ora koutou,

Happy New Year and welcome to our first e-news for 2021. Here’s a quick update about what’s been happening with the project since mid-December.

Paying tribute to our past

Josh Te Kani, responsible for strategic Māori engagement, and Principal Transport Planner, Sarah Dove
You may have seen some recent stories on the history of Cameron Road as we prepare to shape its future.
Cameron Road will soon be 150 years old but its history stretches back centuries – to a time when kūmara gardens were prolific and thousands of Māori lived on the banks of natural streams that criss-crossed the Te Papa Peninsula.
Tauranga City Council is determined to honour Cameron Road’s cultural and historical past. The project team are working closely with mana whenua including representatives of Ngāi Tamarāwaho and Ngāti Tapu to discover how we can pay tribute using elements of urban design.
Urban design options can include adding cultural patterns to pavement treatments, using tree species or specific materials such as stones or shells that are of importance to local hapu, designing benches or resting places with a cultural element, installing artwork, and using wayfinding and signposting techniques to draw attention to areas of historical significance. Read the full story.

Utilities investigation

We are using a ground penetrating radar survey to map utilities to minimise the risk of service clashes during construction.
A key component of Futureproofing Cameron Road is preparing for growth by replacing and upgrading services such as wastewater and potable water. Some water pipes underneath Cameron Road are still made of clay, are over 100 years’ old, and need replacing.  New sections of pipe are being installed to increase the resilience of the network and provide strategic connections that would otherwise be uneconomical to install.
You may have notice spray marks on the pavement over recent weeks. This is because we are using ground penetrating radar technology to map the services underground. This information will be used to model what lies beneath in 3D, so that our designers can ensure the impact on these is avoided. This investigation work will continue over the next few weeks as they continue south from 9th Ave towards 17th Ave. There will be some night works for when they map the intersections, as we want to minimise disruption to traffic.

Tree assessments

Earlier this month we took a careful look at the roots of some of the trees along the median between 3rd and 11th Avenue. We want to look after our beautiful trees, so we’re looking to see how far the tree root network goes, so that we can factor this into our design.
Trees will be a major feature of the new design and will be planted along the median strips that separate the footpaths, vehicle lanes, bus clearways and cycleway, and also within the areas of retained central median.
Our plan is to make sure there are more native trees lining Cameron Road. Although we may need to remove some exotic species to allow for construction and improve safety, we will be replacing them with natives where possible.

Upcoming activities

We are catching up with our Community Liaison Group representatives on 15 February to update them on the development of the design from when we last showed them at the end of last year. Please have a chat to your representative if there are items you’d like them to raise at that meeting. If you are unsure who your CLG representative is, please contact to find out.
We will also be holding a similar session with our stakeholder group the following week. In addition to this we will be meeting with a range of wider stakeholders and organisations over the coming weeks to discuss key elements of the design. This will help us confirm more design details; following on from which we’ll be holding community information days (anticipated during March) so everyone has a chance to see what is proposed and ask any questions. Dates will be confirmed and shared with you over the coming weeks.

Next steps

  • Continuing to work with mana whenua and local design artists to incorporate cultural narratives into the landscape and urban design framework for incorporation into the design process
  • Design team Aurecon are progressing rapidly through key design stages to determine a feasible developed design
  • Engagement with the CLG and Stakeholder group planned for mid to late February
  • Public open days – anticipated March
  • Construction timelines and staging is being developed and will be focused on constructing efficiently and effectively to minimise disruption to road users and businesses  

Keeping up to date

Over the duration of the project there will be various media releases and content uploaded to our website. To stay up to date, please visit the Futureproofing Cameron Road website.
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