Leonie Gill Shared Pathway - Kilbirnie

The land on the drainage reserve running between Cockburn Street and Tirangi Road has been redeveloped as a shared pathway and recreational area.

People at the Leonie Gill Shared Pathway open day.

Leonie Gill shared pathway in Kilbirnie


The paving and planting make this an attractive and safe area for people to use everyday - whether on foot, bike, mobility scooter or skateboard.

This project increases recreational opportunities for local residents and provides an alternative way for people to get from one side of the suburb to the other. The pathway also links Lyall Bay and Rongotai College so should help encourage more students to walk or cycle to school.

Navigation panels on large Totara posts detail the various recreational facilities and streets that the pathway links up.

Construction work is now complete and the new plants are growing well.

Map of the Leonie Gill shared pathway.

Map of Leonie Gill shared pathway


Naming of pathway

The new pathway in Kilbirnie was celebrated and named at an opening ceremony on 19 April 2015. It is named in memory of former councillor Leonie Gill.

Details of work

Improvements include:

  • A new 3m wide asphalt pathway
  • Landscaping at the Cockburn Street entrance
  • Raised crossing points in Yule and Ross streets
  • New signs
  • More native shrubs and ngaio trees
  • New seats
  • Retention of the existing skateboard ramps near Tirangi Road.

We have refined the design with adjacent landowners and others with an interest in this project. The drawings below reflect this feedback. In coming up with the design, we have had to factor in the major sewer pipe that runs through this area - this has affected what we can do and plant here. 

Plans and map

Time frame

The construction work is now complete. Planting will provide the finishing touches, and is likely be done in May 2015 to complete the transformation.

More information

If you have any questions about the project or feedback on these plans, email cycling@wcc.govt.nz.