On Tuesday the 8th of June 2021, Trevor Telfort, local digger operator undertook the upgrade of the Whangawehi car park.
Over 50 m3 of metal was used to create a flat platform in front of the Pongaroa Station retaining wall. The car park was initially designed to host 4 or 5 cars but Trevor managed to extend the platform. 10 cars should now be able to use the facility. 4 culverts have been put in place to guarantee good drainage. A big thank you to Trevor for his dedication and skills. The Kinikini car park will be upgraded on Friday, weather permitting.
Chris Wilson local artist and cabinet maker has already started creating outdoor furniture for the walkway. Several Totara logs have been cut into slabs and will be used to create natural looking picnic tables and chairs. We are looking forward to discovering how these rough looking logs will look like after being transformed by Chris’s skills.
Chris Wilson, local artist and art designer has started work on the walkways’ outdoor furniture. A number of logs have been donated by generous supporters and will be used to create artistic and unique outdoor tables and seats. A big thank you to Chris for accepting to support our community project.
In Mid April 2021, Southern Star Trail made the decision to holt the garvelling operation on the Whangawehi walkway due to health and safety concerns. With winter settling in, the track has become wet and towing a heavy trailer has become too dangerous. The team will be back in spring to finish the work they have started. Apologies to those who have been looking forward to using the track this winter…all good things take time !
The jobs for nature team have been busy clearing long branches overhanging onto the walkway. Spraying is ongoing as well as water monitoring and pest control. The team is now getting ready for planting.
On Thursday 6th April 2021, Chris Wilson, local artist and cabinet maker swung by the Whangawehi to have a look at the walkway. Chris is in the process of making outdoor furniture for the walkway project. A big thank you to Chris for offering his skills to the project.
On Thursday 6th April 2021, Charles Loader from Abseil Access travelled to Whangawehi to access a potential new site for a swing bridge for the walkway. Charles flew a drone and took some measurements for consideration and analysis. We thank Charles for his support.
On the weekend of16th to the19th April 2021, the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group invited Jeff Hamilton to visit the project and meet with the catchment farmers. Jeff is part of a group of farmers that opened up the famous and popular private walking track in Banks Peninsula. This was the first private track to be opened up in New Zealand and became more popular than any of the farmers could have imagined. Jeff was warmly welcomed by the group and enthusiastic to pass on his advice and expertise. He openly shared some of his learnings and pitfalls when developing his own venture in Akaroa and offered ideas about how something similar could be started around the catchment.
The WCMG thanks Jeff for his outgoing personality, his generosity and the time he spent with us in Mahia. As a gift for his contribution to our community project, Richard Coop, local farmer and pilot, offered him a flight tour over the Mahia Peninsula.