On Tuesday the 11th of August 2020, Alex Mayhead from LDE Gisborne came to Whangawehi to assess the ground conditions around the proposed suspension bridge site. Despite the bad weather, Alex managed to carry out his field work. A full geo tech report will be prepared in the next few weeks. Site conditions are good on the whare side of the river but ground conditions are more challenging on the forestry side. We will work with Alex and bridge engineers to build a long lasting structure.
A big thank you to Alex who made time for this project.
On Thursday the 6th of August 2020, the WCMG lodged the resource consent for the Whangawehi walkway. A big thank you goes to our landowners, Iwi and Marae for their support during this process. Wairoa District Council -Resource Senior Planner Hinetaakoha Viriaere and her team have been extremely helpful, thank you for your guidance and support.
On the 8th of July 2020 Richard Smith from Logic Solutions traveled to Mahia to survey the walkway. Richard walked the entire length of the walkway from the bridge to the hut and GPSed the center line of the track. The data will be loaded into a software that will give a precise indication of slope angle as well as an indication of the earthwork required. Richard will share his findings with us when the computer work is completed. During the field day, we identified the known archaeological sites and re routed the track to avoid any disturbances to these significant sites. Interpretative signs will be displayed along the track to explain the rich heritage of the area.
On the 9 th of July 2020, Moana Rongo from the Rongomaiwahine Iwi Trust, Dean Aitcheson from Mahia Forest and Pat and Sue O’Brien have signed the Affected Party form to support the application for resource consent for the walkway. A big thank you to everybody for their help.
Abseil Access is working on the design of our suspension bridge to be built by the hut at Whangawehi. The work is not completed yet but the company sent out a photo that gives a good idea of how the bridge will look like.
This bridge will allow bikers and trampers to cross safely the Whangawehi stream and enter into Grandy Lake Forest.
A big thank you to Martin and Stephan from Abseil for their work
On Friday the 19th of June, Kevin Taylor our surveyor indicated that the digital survey plan, LT 547145, showing the proposed walkway easements in the Whangawehi Catchment on Mahia Peninsula were finally “approved as to survey” by Land Information NZ.
A big thank you to Kevin and his team for this very important work. The next step will consist in recording the easement against the land title of each properties. This will be done in the next few weeks.
On Friday the 19 th of June, several contractors followed a health and Safety induction prior to starting the work along the Whangawehi walkway. The group was presented a work plan, a hazard identification document as well as an emergency procedure protocole.
The group is now ready to start the work which will consist in clearing the track and cutting over hanging branches.