With more than 180 participating countries, the ENERGY GLOBE Award is today’s most prestigious environmental award. It is awarded annually to projects saving our environment by personal action, sustainable projects or campaigns for raising awareness in sustainability. The awards for these many projects are presented in the countries where the project has been implemented in cooperation with Energy Globe partners, in particular with the international offices of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and UNIDO.
This is an amazing recognition for the work done by the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group, the community and Marae. We will keep you posted on the ceremony.
On Monday the 29th of November 2021, Jeff Carters from Southern Star Trails biked the track to assess the damages on the Whangawehi walkway after the November 2021 storm. This field visit will allow him to better plan the next stage for the repair work. His team will be back on board with machineries mid January.
Chris Wilson, local artist, has been working hard for the walkway. He is preparing a number of seats and tables that will be installed along the walkway in the next few months. A big thank you to Chris for his time and dedication.
On Wednesday the 24th of November 2021, the Whangawehi team met with dean and John from Mahia Forest to discuss signs installation in the upper part of the catchment. The November storm has affected the forest and some tracks are still blocked. Dean and John are planning the reopening of the main tracks. A big thank you to Dean for making it easy to operate in the forest. The first signs will be installed next week. We will keep you posted.
In early November, Mahia Peninsula received 350 mm of rainfall over a week. This storm created many landslides in the landscape. The walkway has been severely affected with several deep land slides damaging the track. Several key access points have been temporarily cut. We need to wait for the slips to dry out before we can start any remedial work and reroute the track ( and the fences) in certain parts of the walkway. It will take several months before we can restore track access and reinstate fence lines and track.
We thank you all for your patience and ask the public to respect the signs and not access the walkway please
While the tracks are drying up, the Whangawehi team is busy working on the walkway. Extensive spraying has taken place and will be followed up with brush cutting to tidy up certain areas of the track. Gates and rails have being added to the track to secure some parts of the walkway. The next big step will be to gravel the track. We will keep you updated on this as soon as this takes place.
On Tuesday the 19th of October 2021, Nic dropped off some fencing material along the track but was challenged with some wet sections on the farm track. Scott and Sam from Southern Star Trails are facing the same issues but managed to keep going with their repairs work. Several culverts have been added to drain some springs and wet spots encroaching on the track. With the weather improving, we hope that access will be easier which will make the gravelling less challenging. We will keep you in the loop.
Access to the track is still not allowed to the public due to health and Safety risks. A chain was installed at the main entrance way to stop people from entering the walkway.
On Monday the 11th of October 2021, Southern Star Trail was back on site to resume the work. Scott Taylor will spend the next few days fixing the track in different parts where slumps have occurred. Hopefully the weather will be nice and allow the gravelling work to start next week. We are welcoming back the team and are looking forward to finishing the project before the end of the year.
On Friday the 10 th of September 2021, Richard Smith from Logic Solutions came to Whangawehi to access the state of the walkway. After this winter’s rain events, the walkway has moved which was to be expected. Most of the damage occurred on the first kilometre between the bridge and Mamangu. Richard will prepare a report and suggest some remedial work. A lot of the remedial work will involve better water management on the track. The damage that occurred is not a bad thing in the end as it has allowed the track to settle and adopt a more permanent shape and form. Once we have received Richard’s report, we will organise a meeting with the track building company and discuss a way forward.