Wall design takes shape at Albany
The urban design for the project looks to the ancestral use of the wider area for safe passage and harvesting kai (food), whether by ara (tracks) or awa (water).
Design elements of the bridges, bridge barriers and retaining wall panels take the modern day traveller on a journey by foot, bicycle, bus or car and reconnect them to the ancestral landscape and Māori tradition.
Some design elements have been built and are visible as you travel on the Northern Motorway, with the remainder scheduled to be completed over the next 18 months. The first feature is the Taenga (arrival) which represents the north/south arrival into Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland).
The panel design on the Albany Busway Bridge concrete retaining wall is the pātiki design. It has been used to represent the different types of kai caught and transported on waka (canoe). Pātiki designs are based on the diamond shape of the flounder fish.