Walkway status


Mahia was hit by the storm in February 2023 like most of Hawkes Bay creating flood and soil slips in a number of areas. The Whangawehi catchment hasn’t been affected too badly which is a blessing. The walkway is open from the Whangawehi car park to the hut but is closed in the Forest. Several trees have fallen over the track and contractors are clearing them at the moment. An update will be posted on the website as soon as the forest section is save to use. Crossing creeks and streams is also a hazard so please use common sense and follow the instructions regarding stream crossing displayed on the signs along the river.

New counters for Te Aratia walkway

On Friday the 26 th of May 2023, Phil Walton from Be Counted installed 2 top of the range counters with support from Whangawehi volunteers Malcolm Smith and Jony Andrew.

These devices will allow the group to have a better understanding of track usage and future needs moving forward.

A big thank you to Phil and our volunteers for their help with this new devices

New counters for the walkway

First Light foundation granted support to the WCMG to purchase 2 high tech counters for the walkway. These counters will be installed at both entrances in the near future. These counters will indicate in real time the type of usage, number of trampers as well as the direction they have chosen. A big thank you First Light for their support.

Walk the Wai

TE PUNA WAIORA O NUKUTAURUA is a community based project led by the Rongomaiwahine Iwi Trust looking at involving the community in a wider freshwater plan. The group, led by Hannah Coop, organised a very successful community walk on the 11th of December 2022.

During this 12 km walk, 60 locals walked from the waharoa to the whare where a picnic was organised . This event gave the opportunity for our local community to discover the beautiful plantings established by the Whangawehi Catchment Group.

We hope this initiative will encourage community leaders to work collaboratively to protect and enhance our freshwater resources.

Well done Hannah for this great event.

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.

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

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.

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