Thank you to everyone who gave us their views on the new Old Mangere Bridge. We received nearly 1500 responses, not including local children’s feedback from the school workshops that were held. This is a great testament to how valued the old bridge is to the Onehunga and Mangere Bridge communities.
At this early stage we had no designs or concepts to show people as we sought the community’s feedback to help us better understand how people use the bridge. We also wanted to know how people would like to use the replacement bridge in the future.
As well as talking to key stakeholders, including interest groups and the wider community, workshops with a few local schools were carried out. This is so we could delve more deeply into how the bridge’s most vulnerable users, children, use the old bridge and how they would like to use the new bridge.
See our Education portal (external link) to find out more, including some of the imaginative ideas from the children at Waterlea Primary School.
What you told us
A full version of the community engagement report [PDF, 7.6 MB] (PDF, 7.81 MB) is now available online, but here’s a summary of what you told us:
How often do you use the Old Mangere Bridge?
- More people use the bridge at weekends than on weekdays, but it is still a well-used facility all week.
What do you like about the old bridge?
- The most commonly raised feature was access – that is the harbour connection for the Mangere Bridge and Onehunga Bridge communities, that easily connects people and facilities on either side.
- The second most commonly raised feature was history and/or character.
- Coming in third was the bridge’s uses as a multi-purpose recreational facility.
What don’t you like about the old bridge?
- The single most common response was that the bridge looks and feels run-down, tired, untidy and surfaces are uneven and pot-holed.
- The second most common feature related to safety and structural concerns.
- The third most common response was that there is nothing about the current bridge that people didn’t like. This was an explicit response from 10% of respondents, as opposed to leaving the question blank.
What do you mostly use the old bridge for?
- Recreational walking was the most popular response, 34% of respondents said this is what they mostly use the bridge for.
- Cycling came in next with 24% of respondents indicating this activity.
- 12% of respondents cited walking and cycling to the shops.
If you could choose one thing that the new bridge must have, what would that be?
- The most common feature mentioned was width with 14% of respondents identifying this as a key feature for the new bridge.
- The second most commonly identified feature for inclusion was safety. In particular, hand rails and clear sight lines were mentioned.
- The third most common feature that people said they wanted was sufficient lighting.
Is there anything else you’d like us to consider in relation to the replacement bridge?
- Respondents generally used this section to reinterate points raised previously.
- Topics raised, but not previously discussed included:
- not replacing the bridge at all
- the consideration of aesthetics, planting and art works
- markets, café and barbeques near or on the bridge
- access maintained during construction
- rescue facilities such as buoys.