On Wednesday the 23d of September 2020, Wairoa District Council granted a resource consent in regards to the construction of a walkway along the Whangawehi river. A big thank you to Hine who has worked tirelessly on this project to make sure we could start before Christmas.
The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group is now in a position to start preparing the beginning of the work. Heritage New Zealand will be a key partner during this project as the area is rich in cultural heritage.
On Monday the 14th of September 2020, the WCMG was officially made the recipient of a government scheme initiated to stimulate the economy post COVID 19. The Plant for Nature scheme was leverage by the Sustainable Business Network, an Auckland based organisation, earlier in the month. After several days of work on Health and Safety, the WCMG was allowed to start inducting 6 FTE. Through the scheme, 6 FTE will be funded for a duration of 8 weeks and will carry out environmental work in Mahia with a focus on the Whangawehi catchment. 10 000 trees will be planted very shortly by the new environmental warriors. They will also follow a series of training to be able to carry out safety new tasks in the very near future.
Well done to the Sustainable Business Network team and a special thank you to Georgi and Alaina for their ongoing support.
We will keep you up to date on this exciting community project.
On Saturday the 12th of September, a small group of volunteers gathered on Pah nui Farm, despite the bad weather to plant 400 natives around the main wetland by the cow shed. Arthur William and his wife Allison came to bless the group and wish them courage for the work ahead of them.
A big thank you to John Mathias Farm Manager for Whangara B5, Arthur William and Allison as well as all the volunteers and the Million Meter Project who have helped us fund raise for the event.
Despite COVID, we have manage to keep the community spirit alive!
On Wednesday the 9th of September 2020, Wairoa District Council gave the WCMG the go ahead in regards to the construction of a waharoa at the entrance of the Whangawehi walkway. A big thank you to Jared and Tamara who have assisted the group during the building consent (exemption) process.
On Tuesday the 11th of August 2020, Alex Mayhead from LDE Gisborne came to Whangawehi to assess the ground conditions around the proposed suspension bridge site. Despite the bad weather, Alex managed to carry out his field work. A full geo tech report will be prepared in the next few weeks. Site conditions are good on the whare side of the river but ground conditions are more challenging on the forestry side. We will work with Alex and bridge engineers to build a long lasting structure.
A big thank you to Alex who made time for this project.
On Thursday the 6th of August 2020, the WCMG lodged the resource consent for the Whangawehi walkway. A big thank you goes to our landowners, Iwi and Marae for their support during this process. Wairoa District Council -Resource Senior Planner Hinetaakoha Viriaere and her team have been extremely helpful, thank you for your guidance and support.
On the 8th of July 2020 Richard Smith from Logic Solutions traveled to Mahia to survey the walkway. Richard walked the entire length of the walkway from the bridge to the hut and GPSed the center line of the track. The data will be loaded into a software that will give a precise indication of slope angle as well as an indication of the earthwork required. Richard will share his findings with us when the computer work is completed. During the field day, we identified the known archaeological sites and re routed the track to avoid any disturbances to these significant sites. Interpretative signs will be displayed along the track to explain the rich heritage of the area.
On the 9 th of July 2020, Moana Rongo from the Rongomaiwahine Iwi Trust, Dean Aitcheson from Mahia Forest and Pat and Sue O’Brien have signed the Affected Party form to support the application for resource consent for the walkway. A big thank you to everybody for their help.