Community support for a walkway/cycleway at Whangawehi

Kia ora koutou,

As you all know, the WCM group has been working collaboratively with Marae, Landowners and agencies to protect and enhance the water quality of the Whangawehi stream for 4 years. This has resulted in a number of positive social and environmental outcomes. The group established  135 000 native trees over the past 3 winters and retired  42 ha of riparian margins and 5 ha of native forest. Other milestones include the construction of a shelter with some public facilities.

The WCMG would like to share the benefits of the work done with all New Zealanders via the development of a formalised walkway. The group has been working with the New Zealand Access Commission to progress further the vision but we need a strong community support to carry it out successfully.

Could you please send me a letter or an email of support that I could use during my discussions with landowners, agencies and potential sponsors in order to leverage further support.

Thank you very much for your help.

Nga mihi nui kia koutou

Nic Caviale Delzescaux :

Community gathering at the Whangawehi Whare

On the 26th of January, the Whangawehi Committee gathered along the river to attend its first meeting in the newly built whare. This shelter built along the proposed walkway will allow the community to reconnect with the river and its native forest. This building was made possible thanks to the support of Carters Wairoa, land owners Pat O’Brien and DOC.

Thank you all for your support.

Placings for the Mountain Bike Ride

The Whangawehi Mountain Bike ride was a great opportunity for the Whangawehi community to access the conservation area and promote the work done. The ride wasn’t a race but some participants were extremely fast !

Placing                              Time

1st    Peter Hancock           1 hour.   6 minutes

2nd   Marcus Koll              1 hour.   9 minutes

3rd    Connor Mcilroy        1 hour.  15 minutes

Thank you all for supporting the event.