On the 1st of March 2021, Southern Star Trail started gravelling the Whangawehi walkway. First a special membrane is laid on the ground and the gravel spread over it. The gravel is then compacted and rolled. The finish product looks really nice. Southern Star Trail use a purpose made trailer towed behind a small tractor to ferry the gravel up and down the walkway. It is going to be a long process and we hope that the work will be finished before the end of April.
While the graveling is underway, there is still 800 m of track to open below the hut.
A big thank you to Southern Star Trail for the quality of their work.
On Wednesday the 27th of January 2021, Susan Wylie came to Mahia to meet with the community members who are behind the Whangawehi walkway. Susan is working on a March Edition and tried to meet as many people as possible. We are looking forward to reading this first promotional document. A big thank you to our landowners who have made the time to meet and Susan for selecting our project.
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.
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.
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.
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.