On Tuesday the 25th of September, thanks to Bevan Parker (Farm Manager on Pongaroa Station) a meeting took place with Michael Fay’s Management Team. The reason for this meeting was to progress the discussion around the walkway through the conservation area. Bevan explained how the walkway would bring a raft of benefits to the Mahia community in which the team completely agreed with. They were impressed by the drive and passion of the community to get to this point so far and the international recognition received to date. We discussed the possibility of a meat brand and how the walkway would be the best way to share this story with the wider community and the overseas buyers.
The next step involves the landowners agreeing on an easement to be surveyed and registered. From a landowner’s perspective, this is a huge decision and the WCMG acknowledges that. In the meantime, the group is hopeful that other landowners are going to be supportive of the concept by jumping on board.
A big thank you to Bevan and to Michael Fay’s management team for taking the time to listen to this initiative. Mahia would be grateful if they could partner with us on this journey to create a walkway for everyone to enjoy for many years to come.
The Whangawehi Catchment Management group have been busy over the summer period showcasing the work they have been doing to the rest of the community. The group displayed a promotional tent at the Wairoa A & P show and one of the initial summer Mahia markets.
Due to poor weather conditions two out of the four guided walks through the catchment area had to be cancelled. The other two walks both had low attendance. Their is a necessity to review our summer walking programme. Efforts will now focus on working with the New Zealand Access Commission to push for a permanent walkway through the catchment area and to finish off completion work on the shelter.
Please find attached the longest article ever written on the project, enjoy the reading : GisborneHeraldSeptember2017
On Saturday the 14th of December, a group of enthusiastic trampers walked through the forest down to the Whangawehi boat ramp. The weather was great with a nice sea breeze towards the lower reaches. The surprise was to discover that the shelter built along the river was nearly finished (enclosed). All visitors were impressed by this hidden facility in such a remote place and are looking forward to utilising it in the future.
Thank you all for supporting the guided walks. The last walk will take place on Wednesday the 18th of January. See you there.
The Whangawehi walk was well supported with a group of 15 trampers happy to visit the area. The last stretch was hot but we all made it ! Thank you all for your support and enjoy the photos.
Our apologies but we had to reschedule some of the events. New dates and flyers are now available below.
The WCMGs’ newsletter is now available, please follow the link : whangawehinewsletternov2016 .In it, you will find the dates of our various summer activities including guided walks, mountain bike ride, Mahia markets etc.
Also attached is the new flyer for our Mountain bike ride event planned for the 28th of January 2017 : mountain-bike-poster-jan2017
Enjoy the reading and see you soon.
A lot of work has been completed this month and it is good to celebrate the fact that the whangawehi stream is fully fenced off on both sides of the river from the bridge to the Taharoa Trust (7.5 km). This is an achievement, well done to you all landowners, whanau, sponsors and agencies. The first native trees have been delivered today. A total of 47 000 should be established this winter on Pongaroa and Grandy Lake Forest.
The Health and Safety pre inspection visit was carried out on Friday with the contracting crew scheduled for mid July 2016.
Another milestone completed this month is the construction of our shelter, a magnificent building erected via donations from Carters, private contributions from Land owner Pat and Sue O’Brien and DOC. This shelter will offer a place to rest for those wanting to come and discover the restoration project whether they are trampers walking down the walkway or school students completing environmental work.
Thank you all for your hard work, you can be proud of your achievements.
Over fifty visitors, both local and international turned out for the third guided walk this summer. Due to previous request, the day started at the Mahia Beach Waste Water Treatment Plant. Jamie Cox, Manager of the Wairoa District Council Engineering Department, allowed the group to specially access the site and also gave a comprehensive explanation of the whole system and how it functions. The group then traversed the forest where Leon Symes, Treasurer and one of the original foundation members of the W.C.M.G. spoke about the significant sites for local Maori. Arthur Bowen, Cultural Health Index Co-Ordinator, explained the life cycle of the Whitebait in the Catchment and underlined the positive impact that the Restoration Programme is having on this rare fish species. The day ended at the Whangawehi Bridge where Malcolm Smith, DOC ranger, talked about the Blue Penguin Restoration Programme and the many other birds that are returning to the area. We thank all the visitors who have supported these guided walks and welcome them in the future for any new guided walks or community planting days.
Next guided walk Friday the 15th of January