Sophie will be remembered by the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group as a tireless advocate in making our community and environment better places to live in. She gave freely of her time and was driven by passion for what she believed in making her a formidable opponent in any gathering or meeting. She was never afraid to speak up and speak her mind.
She was a woman of strong views, proud of who she was, honest in her opinions and we as a group respected the input she had into the group. She played a pivotal role in connecting people from all walks of life and working through issues in positve and meaningful ways.
Sophie spent many hours out on the whenua and at the schools working with us all, planning, planting, advising and sharing her wealth of knowledge.
She will be missed and remembered fondly as a woman of integrity and someone who walked the talk everyday
On Thursday the 11th of June 2020, Nic zoomed in with Hinetaakoha Viriaere, Senior Resource Consent Officer at Wairoa District Council to progress the Resource consent for the Whangawehi walkway.
Wairoa District Council is offering a pathway to follow appropriate processes around statutory co management duties in regards to resource consent. A big thank you to Hine for her great level of expertise and support.
Nic met with Mo Rongo CEO of the Iwi Trust to discuss the project and facilitate the process.
MBIE has given the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group the thumbs up in regards to their support for the construction of the Whangawehi walkway. We are now in a position to be able to commence work. An announcement from them will be made in the next few days.
A big thank you to MBIE and the PGF team for supporting this amazing community project that will allow the wider community to enjoy the fruits of a collaborative initiative between Marae, landowners, agencies and local school.
On Friday the 9th of June, Nic met with Elroy Spark from Carters to work on a design for the Waharoa at the entrance of the Whangawehi walkway.
Professional plans are required by Wairoa District Council in order to follow proper building consent processes. The plans should be ready for consideration within 10 working days. In the meantime, affected stakeholders are being engaged to see if they are supportive of the project. The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group would like to thank Elroy and his team at Carters Wairoa for sponsoring this community project.
A big thank you to Wairoa District Council and Hawkes Bay Regional Council staff for their support and guidance on this project
On the 28th of May 2020, Rose Artemiev, Community Advisor for Eastern and Central Charity Trust announced that the Trust has approved $170K towards the Whangawehi walkway and agreed to fund an additional $20K grant which will be used specifically to design small bridges as well as a suspension bridge.
A big thank you to the Trustees of ECCT for their support and investment in an infrastructure that will transform Mahia and the wider Wairoa District.
A special thank you from the Whangawehi Community to Rose Artemiev for her patience, dedication and guidance during the application process. We are looking forward to showing you the fruit of your investment.
On Friday the 5th of June 2020, Richard Smith from Logic Forest Solutions Limited came to Whangawehi to prepare the design of the layout of the Whangawehi walkway.
Richard and his company have designed a number of tracks around the country and will provide design support to our project. Richard will work on a proposal for the group and will supply us a track specification document. This document will be used to tender the work involved with the construction of the track.
The track will be constructed on the true right of the river and will be located mainly in the retired area to offer a variety of views and also reduce any disturbance with farming operations.
Malcolm Smith couldn’t help himself and took the opportunity to showcase his brand new Ebike on this beautiful part of the catchment.
On Thursday the 4th of June 2020, Cameron Osmond (MBIE), Al Morrisson (MBIE), Mo Rongo (RIT), Malcolm Smith (DOC), Craig Little (WDC), Bevan Parker (Pongaroa Station), Arthur Bowen (WCMG) and Nic (WCMG) gathered at the Whangawehi bridge to discuss the up and coming Whangawehi Walkway. The great weather allowed the group to venture onto Taharoa Trust to have a look at a possible suspension bridge site next to the existing hut.
A big thank you to all the participants for their support.
On Friday the30 th of May 2020, a specialized Civil Engineer from Abseil came to have a look at several sites where a suspension bridge will be built along the Whangawehi walkway. This suspension bridge should be built (once funding has been made available) on the Taharoa Trust and will allow trampers and bikers to access Grandy Lake Forest without getting their feet wet !
This bridge will be a statement as it will allow trampers to walk above a beautiful corridor of native trees. The Engineer had a look at several short wooden bridges on Pongaroa station. A big thank you to the landowners for their collaboration.
We are looking forward to receiving the designs and plans to keep the project moving.