Freeland Reserve Upgrade FAQs

We've tried to answer everything you might be wondering about Roskill’s Freeland Reserve Upgrade. Still left wondering? Please don't hesitate to get in touch.

What’s happening?

With the introduction of new housing in the neighbourhood, Kāinga Ora - Homes & Communities, in partnership with Healthy Waters (Auckland Council), is upgrading the stormwater treatment within Freeland Reserve. Additional overall improvements to the reserve and its amenities such as landscaping, paved walkways, the construction of footbridges and viewing platforms, will also take place. Piritahi is delivering this project and will be managing the day today activities.

Freeland Reserve upgrade features and amenities

Why are you doing this project?

The upgrades are about enhancing the reserve for the benefit of the local community. While they will significantly decrease flooding and improve water quality to the area, the upgrades will also enable additional overall improvements to the reserve and its amenities, improving access and general enjoyment for people in the neighbourhood.

When is it happening?

Construction is scheduled to begin in November 2020 and take approximately 18 months to complete.

I live in Roskill South, what will I notice?

To enable works to take place safely and efficiently, the reserve will be closed to the public for the duration of the project. Fencing will be in place and a temporary road laid to allow for vehicle and machinery access. Temporary parking, toilet blocks, storage areas and crane pads will be on site for workers, equipment, and machinery including cranes. You may notice environmental controls such as silt fencing along Freeland Ave, and a clean water drain to the east of the reserve to ensure mud and dirty water runoff is contained and prevented from entering the local stormwater system.

Throughout the project there will be site teams carrying out various construction and landscaping works within the reserve.

Work areas, equipment storage areas and site access road in place to enable this work.
Freeland Reserve will be closed during upgrades.

What are the working hours?

Works will take place between the hours of 7.30am –6pm Monday to Saturday. No works will take place on Sundays or public holidays.

How are you going to undertake the work?

To upgrade the stormwater treatment, existing vegetation will be cleared away and heavy machinery such as excavators will dig trenches prior to sheet pilling to capture water and any debris. Some fences on the reserve boundary will be removed and safety fencing erected, and existing gas services that run through the reserve will be safely relocated by a specialist provider.

Upgrading the reserve to include paved walkways and viewing platforms will involve concrete pouring, earthworks, landscaping, construction of a footbridge, and planting. To support the creation of the improved wetland area, the land will also be built up and landscaped.

Installation of furniture such as park benches, rubbish bins, picnic tables and bike racks will occur towards the end of the project.

It is noisy and disruptive?
You may notice some noise disruption from construction and landscaping works including during concrete pouring and when heavy machinery such as excavators are operating. We use equipment to monitor noise and vibration caused by works which help us ensure we remain within suitable thresholds.

What is sheet piling? And why are you doing this?

Works involve using an excavator to drive metal sheet piles into the ground to build three floodwalls on the boundary of the reserve. These will contain and allow for the treatment of stormwater within the reserve before it enters the stormwater network, and will also help to reduce surface flooding. Piling also provides support and stability for existing embankments.

What type of machinery will be used?

Arborists will use chainsaws and woodchippers to clear the reserve of vegetation and scrubs. Excavators will be used to dig trenches and drive the sheet piling into the ground to form the flood walls. There will also be cranes on site, and concrete trucks and other smaller machinery to complete additional landscaping and amenity upgrades/installations within the reserve.

What will you do with the vegetation in the reserve?

Trees are currently being removed in Freeland Reserve to allow for required stormwater and amenity upgrades. One large mature Cypress tree (adjacent to the proposed stairs from Kallu Crescent) will be retained and protected through construction activities.

Those that are being removed are in poor condition and will be replaced where possible with native plantings once construction has been undertaken.

What kind of planting?

Most planting in the reserve will be native specimens provided by Te Whangai Trust and will help improve the amenity and ecology of the reserve. The final planting list is currently being refined with Te Whangai Trust and the Friends of Oakley Creek.

Artist's impression of upgraded Freeland Reserve.

When will it be complete and the reserve re-opened?

The reserve upgrade is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2022. Once re-opened, there will be new paved walkways, footbridges, a viewing platform, seating, bike racks and new landscaping including native vegetation along the stream bed.

How can I find out more about the project?
We will keep residents in the vicinity of construction informed by delivering information to their letterboxes, and welcome queries and feedback to 0508 PIRITAHI or


We also encourage residents in the area to sign up here to receive future updates about this project and Piritahi's other land development and infrastructure works in Roskill South.