Hobsonville Noise Walls Being Painted


Painting has started on the noise walls along sections of the SH18 Hobsonville Deviation and SH16 Brigham Creek Extension motorway project as completion of the of the new highway takes a step closer .

The wooden walls are between three and four and a half metres high and will be painted bright orange with patterns overlaid in 3D relief. They are being installed alongside the motorway lanes to reduce traffic noise to neighbouring homes and businesses.

The distinctive orange colour of the walls is an indirect reference to clays used by the ceramics industry that was once based in the area. The same colour is represented in the tiles lining the Clarks Lane footbridge over the motorway.

Once painted, Helensville artist Jeff Thomson will add a ‘tyre track’ design inspired by vehicles travelling along Muriwai Beach. The coloured ‘tread’ relief patterns will feature along the 700 metres of noise wall included on the project to create New Zealand’s largest public artwork. Plantings of native shrubs around the walls will also help to maintain the natural environment.

Urban design specialists Jasmax collaborated with the NZTA, Jeff Thomson and Auckland Council (formerly Waitakere City Council) on the walls project, which is just one part of an overall arts programme for the Hobsonville motorway.

Jeff Thomson says the project is much bigger than anything he has worked on before.

“I actually spent two years walking throughout New Zealand in the early 1980s making small artworks on letterboxes for people I met along the way, so it feels quite natural that I’m now back making art on the roadside, although on a much larger scale,” he says.

Other art works associated with the project include the Sinton Windows installed by artist John Radford and the clay tiles by artists Matt and Kate McLean.

The noise walls are being erected alongside the motorway at Hobsonville Road near Westgate, Squadron Drive, Sinton Road, Trig Road and Brigham Creek Road roundabout with SH16. The NZTA is also investigating looking to incorporate design elements at Lincoln Road and other interchanges so that the theme is similar along the Northwestern Motorway.

The six kilometre, four-lane Hobsonville motorway is the last section to be completed of the new SH18 as part of the strategic Western Ring Route. The project also includes a 3kilometre-long four lane extension of the SH16 to a new roundabout at Brigham Creek Road.

The NZTA plans to complete the $220M project in September, six months ahead of schedule.




  1. I noticed they had been painted orange when I drove past this morning on the way to work, and wondered what was going on. I can’t think of anyone better suited to paint these than local identity, Jeff Thompson.

    Look forward to seeing the finished product

    Jeremy Greenbrook-Held
    Labour candidate for Helensville

  2. Doug says:

    Art? Give us a break it’s just a huge eyesore. Absolutely horrible! How could you inflict that revolting piece of sh*t on us? It’s going to be sprayed with graffiti soon and that will probably be an improvement


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