HBRC and MBIE visit Whangawehi

On Friday the 6th of November 2020, the Whangawehi project had some visitors. Rex Graham Chair of the Hawkes Bay Regional Council, Cr Hinewai Ormsby, Councillor for HBRC and Cameron Osmond Region Manager for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment came to visit the restoration project. The trip started at the entrance of the Whangawehi walkway and finished on Taharoa Trust. The day went well and was a good opportunity for the WCMG team to advocate for the work done and develop relationships.

A big thank you to Hinewai, Rex and Cameron for making the time for this visit.

Waharoa stage 2 update

On Monday the 3d of November 2020, Will Keruru and the carpentry unit from EIT Wairoa came to Whangawehi to complete stage 2 of the build.

Look at the photos, the end product is amazing. The team carefully installed a brand new roof, recoated the timber with a second coat of paint and prepared the framing work that will take place tomorrow. The progress made in only a few days of work is outstanding.

A big thank you to Will and his enthusiastic team for their hard work. We can’t wait to see the final product.

Well done EIT Wairoa!

Waharoa project

Kia ora koutou,

The EIT team is doing a fantastic job, the building is progressing quite well as you can see on the photos. The roof will be installed after the long weekend. Sir Michael Fay, owner of the Station, came on site to congratulate the building apprentices.

A big thank you again to Will Keruru and EIT Wairoa for their dedication.

Thank you to Michael Fay and his team for embracing this community project.

Waharoa stage 1

On Wednesday the 14th of October, the carpentry section of EIT came to Mahia to start the construction of a waharoa at the entrance of the Whangawehi walkway. Under the leadership of Will Keruru, local builder, the day went very smoothly. 14 students took an active part to this first stage which consisted of preparing profiles, digging holes, and concreting in 4 large size poles.

The work was tyring, and the barbecue prepared on site was appreciated.

A big thank you to Will Keruru for organising this project and sharing his skills and knowledge with the next generation of builders.

We would like to acknowledge Elroy Spark, Manager of Carters Wairoa, and local resident for his ongoing support.

We are looking forward to seeing the structure finished next week.

A big thank you to all the students who have participated today, you have been amazing.

Tendering visit

On Monday the 12th of October 2020, two tendering candidates for the construction of the Whangawehi walkway came for a site visit along the river.

Mike Wilson and Chris McGregor represented QRS while Jeff Carter from Rotorua represented Southern Star Adventure-a Rotorua based company specialized in track construction.

The day went well and we hope that this visit was helpful. A big thank you for the interest shown.

Resource Consent -Whangawehi walkway

On Thursday the 11th of June 2020, Nic zoomed in with Hinetaakoha Viriaere, Senior Resource Consent Officer at Wairoa District Council to progress the Resource consent for the Whangawehi walkway.

Wairoa District Council is offering a pathway to follow appropriate processes around statutory co management duties in regards to resource consent. A big thank you to Hine for her great level of expertise and support.

Nic met with Mo Rongo CEO of the Iwi Trust to discuss the project and facilitate the process.

The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment gives the Walkway a go ahead

MBIE has given the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group the thumbs up in regards to their support for the construction of the Whangawehi walkway. We are now in a position to be able to commence work. An announcement from them will be made in the next few days.

A big thank you to MBIE and the PGF team for supporting this amazing community project that will allow the wider community to enjoy the fruits of a collaborative initiative between Marae, landowners, agencies and local school.

Design of the Waharoa

On Friday the 9th of June, Nic met with Elroy Spark from Carters to work on a design for the Waharoa at the entrance of the Whangawehi walkway.

Professional plans are required by Wairoa District Council in order to follow proper building consent processes. The plans should be ready for consideration within 10 working days. In the meantime, affected stakeholders are being engaged to see if they are supportive of the project. The Whangawehi Catchment Management Group would like to thank Elroy and his team at Carters Wairoa for sponsoring this community project.

A big thank you to Wairoa District Council and Hawkes Bay Regional Council staff for their support and guidance on this project