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.
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.
The Whangawehi Committee wishes you all a wonderful new year.
We have updated our newsletter to keep track of our journey started back in 2012. The focus of this January 2023 newsletter is the walkway. Enjoy the reading and experience the track when you get a chance.
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.
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.
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.