Walkway update

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.

 

Guided Walks and Market displays

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.