Walkway closed

A severe storm hit the Whangawehi catchment in early November 2021 creating major slips and slumps. This has pushed back the opening date of the track to April 2022. In the meantime and for health and safety reasons, we ask the public to stay away from the walkway and respect the NO ENTRY sign installed at the beginning of the track. Thank you all for being understanding.

Whangawehi wins the National Award at the Energy Globe Awards

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.

Signs installation in the Forest

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.

Whangawehi walkway – November update

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

Rails are going up

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.

Walkway update

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.

Walkway update

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.