Hakanoa Reserve Pollinator Pathway

Name of case study

Hakanoa Reserve Pollinator Pathway


 Grey Lynn, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand




suburb/neighbourhood scale

Area / size


NbS employed

Pollinator Pathways

Type of NbS

Created or constructed living ecosystems


Andria Reid, Landscape Architect


Waitematā local board, Auckland Council



Design group

Andrea Reid

Community install event at Hakanoa Pollinator Path Photo from https://www.facebook.com/pollinatorpaths/
Climate change benefits
  •  Loss of other ecosystem services
  • Urban heat island effect
Societal / socio-cultural benefits
  • Biodiversity health and conservation
  • Human physical health and wellbeing
  • Pressures of urbanization (waste management, hygiene, etc)
Ecological benefits
  • Aesthetic value / artistic inspiration
  • Climate regulation
  • Genetic resources (diversity)
  • Habitat provision
  • Pollination
  • Relaxation and psychological wellbeing
  • Species maintenance

Summary of case study

Aiming to make a wider link between a stretch of parks and greenways reaching inland from the coast in the suburb of Grey Lynn, in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, the Hakanoa Reserve Pollinator Pathway is a nature-based demonstration project designed and instigated by Landscape Architect Andrea Reid. The project features a number of specific design features that enhance ecological and biodiversity benefits, including specifically selected native and exotic plants for year-round supply of pollen, hides and other structures designed to provide shelter for bees (introduced honey bees, as well leafcutter bees and native ground-dwelling bees) as well as birds, lizards and butterflies, overall promoting pollination of nearby plants, and increasing biodiversity and connectivity in it’s immediate, urban surroundings (Morton, 2024; Pollinator Pathways in Local Parks, n.d.).

The project aims to be part of an ecological corridor with the surrounding parks it connects and is located in a small gully where a tributary of the now culverted Cox’s creek historically flowed. As well as providing habitat for pollinators, the project successfully catches and absorbs stormwater, provides education opportunities via signage, creates opportunities for relaxation and wellbeing for humans, and demonstrates the power of community initiatives, being installed partially through community events (Pollinator Paths Set up Flourishing Future for Bees, 2016).

Read More
Hakanoa Pollinator Path Photo from https://www.facebook.com/pollinatorpaths/
  • Morton, J. (2024, July 14). The French Connection: Boosting our greenery. The New Zealand Herald. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/the-french-connection-boosting-our-greenery/KEGSKNSXH7SOCOLPH6ZOOGA6SY/
  • Pollinator Paths set up flourishing future for bees. (2016, September 29). Scoop News. https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1609/S00957/pollinator-paths-set-up-flourishing-future-for-bees.htm
  • Pollinator pathways in local parks. (n.d.). OurAuckland. https://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/news/2016/09/pollinator-pathways/

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