A $30 million foreshore park providing Aucklanders with their first significant access to the Onehunga seashore since the 1970s is opening.
There'll be a pre-dawn ceremony followed by a civic event at 11am today during which the reserve will be named.
Auckland mayor Len Brown and representatives from local iwi and the NZ Transport Agency are attending and water-based activities are planned.
Many local iwi are part of the Mana Whenua Kaitiaki Working Group, which has an ongoing interest in the governance and management of the park.
The new name gifted to the foreshore park by mana whenua will be revealed today, along with new artworks.
"After decades of advocacy and involvement from the people of Onehunga, followed by a three year construction programme, it's wonderful to finally open up access to newly created beachside recreational areas and facilities - all within walking distance of central Onehunga," says Simon Randall, chair of the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board.
The park is on 6.8ha of land between State Highway 20 and the Manukau Harbour. There are new beaches, a boat ramp and turning bay, and a pedestrian/cyclist bridge linking the foreshore to Onehunga Bay Reserve.
The Government contributed $19M to the project.