Outdoor furniture

On Friday the 18th of February 2022, Nic met with Chris Wilson to discuss the deployment of several beautifully crafted pieces of outdoor furniture. The picnic tables and sits will be dispatched to the walkway in the next few days once we have organised the logistic. A big thank you to Chris for his support.

Construction of a retaining wall

The November 2022 storm weakened several sections of the track especially on steep contours. South Star Trails and the Whangawehi group are in the process of repairing the damage. Yesterday, Greg and Sio were building a retaining wall in the lower reaches of the track to secure a weak stretch. We hope that the weather will remain favourable to complete the repair work.

Earth work continues

The earth work continues in the Forest despite heavy rain falls that have slowed down the work. The digger operator has done wonders and is currently working on the section between the White pine crossing and the Kinikini car park. A big thank you to Ben and Mahia Forest for their support. The installation of the signs in the forest has been delayed until the track work is completed.

South Star Trails start the repair work

On Wednesday the 9th of February 2022, South Star Trails started the repair work along the walkway. The task is significant and will require building retaining walls, clearing slips and installing several extra culverts. The work should last between 3 to 4 weeks.

We hope that the gravelling team will be on site very soon to start the long gravelling work along the river. We will keep you in the loop.

Work in Mahia Forest

Mahia Forest owners and Forest Manager Dean Aitcheson are right behind the Whangawehi walkway. Dean Aitcheson, with support from the owners, indicated that Mahia Forest would donate $8000 to the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group to assist them in their effort around the walkway project. This donation will allow the group to upgrade part of the walkway in the forest. A big thank you to Mahia Forest for their ongoing support.

Work on public facilities

In January 2022, the Whangawehi team has been busy upgrading several public facilities along the walkway. Russel Janes, builder, has been busy building a stair case for the toilets and various picnic tables and seats. Malcom Westerlund has been installing a large number of interpretative and direction signs. The walkway is staring to look like a real gem. We will keep you posted.

Big slip recovery on Pongaroa Station

In early January 2022, Colin Wilson from Pryde Contracting started the repair work on the big slip that damaged a farm track as well as the walkway. The early November storm 2021 hit Mahia with a regular and gentle rain during 5 days. Pongaroa Stations’ gage indicated 500 mm of rain during that event. A big thank you to Bevan Parker, Farm Manager on Pongaroa Station for assisting the group with this remedial work.

Walkway gravelling update

On Tuesday the 21st of December 2021, Todd Murphy Owner and Operator of Tip Trucks NZ Ltd started carting metal from a Wairoa quarry to Mahia. He spent the day before securing the tracks with his digger to allow a safe access to large trucks. Several hundreds tonnes of metal are now already waiting along the walkway for our gravelling team. A big thank you to Todd and his very efficient team for taking on this challenging job just before Christmas.

Sign installation

On Monday the 20th of December 2021, the installation of many interpretative signs started in several parts of the walkway. A big thank to Malcolm Westerlund and his team for their help. Although the walkway is not open for several months yet, these beautiful signs lift the profile of this community initiative. We are all looking forward to cutting the ribbon sometime in April 2022 if the weather is nice.