Walk the Wai


TE PUNA WAIORA O NUKUTAURUA is a community based project led by the Rongoamaiwahine Iwi Trust looking at involving the community in a wider freshwater plan. The group would like to invite you to walk the wai on the newly built Whangawehi walkway.

See flyer attached. For any questions please contact Hannah on : coops@okepuha.co.nz

Enjoy the wai

Agenda for the walkway Opening ceremony


Nau mai haere mai

When : 8 th of December 2022 at 11 am

Where : Whangawehi bridge – Mahia

Agenda :

11.00 – Blessing of the walkway by local Minister

11. 15 – Cutting of the Ribbon and Korero

11.30 – short walk on the walkway

11.45 – Drive back to Tuahuru Marae

12.00 – Powhiri

12.30 – Karakia – Lunch

2.00 – End of the celebration

Walkway Opening ceremony

On Thursday the 8th of December 2022, the Whangawehi Catchment Committee was proud to be able to officially open the walkway to the world! Pat O’brien WCMG Chair and Eva Coop cut the ribbon. After many years in the making, the holiday makers will be able to enjoy this new asset for the district. A big thank you to our sponsors who have helped financially and to our amazing local community members who have done wonders to make this day happen.

Enjoy Te Aratia with your family and friends. If you want to be involved, contact a member of the Committee. If you want to donate, go to our Give a little fundraising page. : https://givealittle.co.nz/donate/org/whangawehi-catchment-management-group-inc.

We appreciate your support.

A big thank you to you all, Merry Christmas.

Final touches for the Opening ceremony

The Whangawehi Committee is working hard at making sure everything is in place for the opening ceremony. On Tuesday the 29th of November 2022, Malcolm Smith and Johny Andrew supervised the installation of a brand new galvanised gate with support from the Rongomaiwahine Iwi Trust. The rest of the railings will be installed today. South Star is busy laying the gravel. Let’s hope for some good weather. A big thank you to you all.

The Whangawehi Committee prepares the Opening day

On the 10th of November 2022, the Whangawehi Committee met on Okepuha Station to discuss the Opening day for the walkway. There is plenty to do but the team is looking forward to opening the track on the 8th of December 2022 at 11 am at the Whangawehi bridge. A big thank you to Todd Murphy owner of Tip Trucks Limited who donated several days of digger work for the repair work along the walkway. A big thank you to Todd and Dee for their generosity.

Repair work underway on the Walkway

Todd Murphy our local digger Operator is clearing the track on the Whangawehi walkway. This work will allow our track building company to finish gravelling the track very soon. A big thank you to Todd for doing this work straight after his wedding ! Ground conditions are now dry enough for the work to resume and we hope our track building company will be on site soon to finish the work. We will keep you posted.

Opening ceremony for the walkway

The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group is proud to invite you to the Opening Ceremony of the Whangawehi walkway on the 8th of December 2022.

The blessing will take place at the Whangawehi boat ramp at 11 am.

Finger food will be provided at Tuahuru Marae afterwards.

This event is a significant milestone for our community, we would be delighted to see you there.

Nga mihi

Whangawehi Catchment  Committee

Whangawehi AGM

On Saturday the 24th of September 2022, the WCMG held its annual AGM. This gathering gave Pat O’Brien, Chair of the group the opportunity to reflect on the work done and thank all the volunteers for their ongoing support. The Committee remains the same and is looking forward to more exciting projects for this new financial year.

After the meeting, the group gathered at the entrance of the walkway to unveil two plaques.

Sophie and Kathleen’s plaques are nicely placed along the walkway for everybody to remember. They have been instrumental in the development of the project and their vision is living beyond them.

During this meeting we farewelled Kaleb from HBRC who is moving on and we welcomed Trevor Waikawa. A big thank you to Kaleb for his support for Mahia and the Whangawehi project in particular. We welcome Trevor and wish him all the best.