Panmure Busway: Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative

22 May 2023

Project Brief: A landscape response that first and foremost supports the infrastructural needs of a corridor (main arterial road, busway, cycleway, pedestrian footpath) while allowing vegetation and trees to create a sense of place for the Panmure/Pakuranga region.

Natural Habitats Brief: Complete the garden preparation and planting of the Panmure Busway project.

Project Details

Location: Auckland

Project Type: Infrastructure

Design: Beca

Build: Natural Habitats

Maintenance: Natural Habitats


Panmure Busway is the first stage in a group of projects under the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI). This critical piece of infrastructure connects east Auckland with the wider city by providing multiple transport options.

Given the projects requirement to add more hard surfaces to the city and its proximity to the Panmure Basin and Tamaki Rivers, the client required a beautiful, functional landscape that would enrich journeys as well as manage and treat stormwater runoff.

Littered with swales, rain gardens and pocket parks, the Panmure busway is a journey worth taking whether by foot, bike or bus. The planting palette captures the best of the hardy, estuary ecological heritage, celebrating the environment of which it is home to.

Despite its now calm aura, the busway came with its own distinct challenges. The project had one entry/exit point for all site contractors. Throughout the development, live lanes of traffic were always present which required strict time and project management. Unexpected seasonal challenges presented themselves as did the challenges of Covid-19 operating restrictions.

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