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.
On the 10th of November 2022, the Whangawehi Committee met on Okepuha Station to discuss the Opening day for the walkway. There is plenty to do but the team is looking forward to opening the track on the 8th of December 2022 at 11 am at the Whangawehi bridge. A big thank you to Todd Murphy owner of Tip Trucks Limited who donated several days of digger work for the repair work along the walkway. A big thank you to Todd and Dee for their generosity.
Todd Murphy our local digger Operator is clearing the track on the Whangawehi walkway. This work will allow our track building company to finish gravelling the track very soon. A big thank you to Todd for doing this work straight after his wedding ! Ground conditions are now dry enough for the work to resume and we hope our track building company will be on site soon to finish the work. We will keep you posted.