Public meetings about the design were held in 2019.
Concerns raised included environmental damage, the way the bay and reserve are used, problems with the old infrastructure, ways to improve the area, and ways to tell the history of the location.
Specific consultation and engagement was also undertaken with the three hapu of the area; Ngāti Pūkenga ki Pakikaikutu, Ngāti Tu, and Ngāti Kahu o Torongare.
The original construction schedule was interrupted by COVID-19, but began last year with upgrades to the pull-over area. Commuters appreciate the pull-over area’s improvements last year. This year’s work, the second stage, will improve the area for recreational visitors and hall users.
A new concrete driveway will replace the old gravel one up to the hall. An accessible car park will be added and there will be a general tidy-up around the hall.
Bollards, including four carved by mana whenua, will be installed around the main car park to keep vehicles off the beach and make the area safer for beach users.
The two-metre wide strip of grass between the car park and beach will be refreshed and the gravel in the car park will be renewed. Drainage will be improved to control stormwater flows and protect the stream from stormwater coming from the car park.