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.

Gravelling inspection

On the 2d of December 2021, Todd Murphy, Owner and Operator of Tip Truck Ltd came to access the work required of him. During this health and Safety visit, Todd went through all the tracks that he will use to stock pile 600 m3 of metal along the river. This work will help the graveling team by making the metal easily accessible and therefore should speed up the completion of the walkway.

A big thank you to Todd for spending time for the project

Walkway closed

A severe storm hit the Whangawehi catchment in early November 2021 creating major slips and slumps. This has pushed back the opening date of the track to April 2022. In the meantime and for health and safety reasons, we ask the public to stay away from the walkway and respect the NO ENTRY sign installed at the beginning of the track. Thank you all for being understanding.

Whangawehi wins the National Award at the Energy Globe Awards

With more than 180 participating countries, the ENERGY GLOBE Award is today’s most prestigious environmental award. It is awarded annually to projects saving our environment by personal action, sustainable projects or campaigns for raising awareness in sustainability. The awards for these many projects are presented in the countries where the project has been implemented in cooperation with Energy Globe partners, in particular with the international offices of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and UNIDO.

This is an amazing recognition for the work done by the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group, the community and Marae. We will keep you posted on the ceremony.

Signs installation in the Forest

On Wednesday the 24th of November 2021, the Whangawehi team met with dean and John from Mahia Forest to discuss signs installation in the upper part of the catchment. The November storm has affected the forest and some tracks are still blocked. Dean and John are planning the reopening of the main tracks. A big thank you to Dean for making it easy to operate in the forest. The first signs will be installed next week. We will keep you posted.

Whangawehi walkway – November update

In early November, Mahia Peninsula received 350 mm of rainfall over a week. This storm created many landslides in the landscape. The walkway has been severely affected with several deep land slides damaging the track. Several key access points have been temporarily cut. We need to wait for the slips to dry out before we can start any remedial work and reroute the track ( and the fences) in certain parts of the walkway. It will take several months before we can restore track access and reinstate fence lines and track.

We thank you all for your patience and ask the public to respect the signs and not access the walkway please