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Have your say on choosing a replacement footbridge at Kiriwai Place Reserve, Matua

Event date: 23/11/2020 8:00 a.m. - 13/12/2020 5:00 p.m. Export event


Our Kiriwai Reserve, Matua footbridge online survey is open for feedback. The survey closes at 5pm Sunday 13 December 2020

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The stone and concrete footbridge at Kiriwai Place Reserve in Matua, to the west of Fergusson Park, is in an aged condition and has also been affected by erosion. Unfortunately, it would not be cost-effective to carry out the extensive works required to move the current bridge and make it safe and accessible to everyone. In addition, being built of stone/concrete the bridge would be unsuitable for relocating.

We propose to build a new footbridge, of similar size but wider, approximately 6.5m further inland from the current location. Once complete, we intend to plant out the original site of the bridge with coastal plants to help control erosion.  

Feedback on the first proposed design, informed us that the community would like a bridge that was aesthetically pleasing and in keeping with the current character bridge.

As a result, we have developed three options for you to choose your preferred style of bridge.

Your feedback will help us to confirm the final option to replace the footbridge.

Kiriwai existing footbridge Kiriwai footbridge location

Project details

What We propose to replace the footbridge for Kiriwai Place Reserve.
Why The Kiriwai Reserve footbridge needs to be replaced because it is in an aged condition and has been affected by erosion.
Timing You can tell us your preferred style of bridge from 23 November until 13 December 2020.
How you can contribute Your feedback will help to confirm the new style of bridge. Tell us your preference by completing the online survey or paper feedback form. (Details for how to get a paper feedback form are below).

Have your say

If you live in Matua or like to visit there, please review the three bridge options below and tell us which one you prefer.

Flat bridge

Option 1: flat, composite material bridge

Design: A flat bridge with edge kickboards for safety, approximately 3m wide.

Estimated cost: Approximately $70,000 - $80,000

This bridge will be constructed using modern and sustainable fibreglass reinforced polymers.

This style of low bridge has less visual impact than the other options and is durable and cost effective. It requires almost no maintenance and is easily relocatable.

Masonry bridge

Option 2: masonry bridge

Design: A curved masonry bridge with concrete floor and grouted rock walls, approximately 3-4m wide.

Estimated cost: Approximately $100,000 - $110,000

This bridge would allow us to reuse the rocks from the existing bridge and would maintain the heritage look in the reserve. It can be engineered to be relocatable in the future.

Curved timber bridge

Option 3: curved timber bridge

Design: A curved timber bridge, approximately 2m wide.

Estimated cost: Approximately $60,000 - $70,000

This style of bridge has a traditional look however it would be less durable and would require more ongoing maintenance than the other options.

Fill out the online survey

Fill in a paper form – Phone us on 07 577 7000 and we’ll send you a hardcopy of the survey to fill in and send back to us.

Talk to us – during the consultation period you can email us at parks.projects@tauranga.govt.nz or call on 07 577 7000 if you would like to discuss this project or the options.

This survey closes at 5pm, Sunday 13 December 2020.


We will update all submitters (who opt in to receive updates) via email with the final option  early in 2021 as well as the wider community on this webpage.

Construction is likely to begin in March 2021. We’ll update submitters on the start date, prior to works beginning.

Coastal erosion

Council is addressing the wider issue of coastal and harbour erosion through a city-wide project.

If you have any concerns about the wider issue of coastal and harbour erosion at this location we suggest you submit to the Long-term Plan 2021-31

More information on coastal erosion


Posted: Feb 12, 2020,
Categories: Consultation, Open now,

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