Thoroughfare from Hobson Crescent to Turnbull Street opened

On Friday 30 July 2021, with the sun shining, the Thorndon School kapa haka group sang with great gusto at the opening of their new adventure playground and the thoroughfare from Hobson Crescent to Turnbull Street. The Principal, Alistair du Chatenier and National MP Nicola Willis spoke to the crowd. Iona Pannett and Nicola Young, both Ward Councillors and the Chair of the Thorndon Residents Association, Richard Murcott and invited guests enjoyed the entertainment provided by the children.
Students now have safe access from the school side of Turnbull Street to the playing field on the other side of the road. The design of the closed road and memorandum of understanding developed between the school (Ministry of Education) and local residents is a ‘win/win’ for all involved. It allows walkers to now use a formal thoroughfare between Hobson Crescent and Turnbull Street.

Turnbull Street has been terminated with the erection of an adventure playground. On the playing field side of the road a walkway has been laid with asphalt going around the large green emergency management water tank to a gate and path that leads walkers through to Hobson Crescent next to 29 Hobson Crescent. There are also several lights positioned around the tank and at the edge of the gate/pathway to guide walkers at night.

It is important that the conditions of use are respected when using this thoroughfare during school hours, as the school does have the right to close the access should they encounter misuse.

There is a Memorandum of Understanding between the Thorndon School Board of Trustees and the Thorndon Residents’ Association Inc. relating to walking access between Hobson Crescent and Turnbull St during school hours. Signage has been posted at either end of the new walkway.


The MOE have completed the survey of the easement area and it is now with LINZ for approval as to survey. Click here to view the countersigned signed easement instrument.

Once approved, the plan can be deposited and the easement registered. This should be late February early March next year (allowing for the Christmas break).