Wednesday, 19 September 2018

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Pauanui to Tairua walkway closer to being built

Pauanui to Tairua walkway closer to being built

Stage one of a cycleway and walking track enabling people to cycle or walk between Pauanui and Tairua is getting closer to being built.

In December last year, Thames Coromandel District Council awarded $56,000 to the Hikuai District Trust, a charitable trust that's spearheading the project. That same month, forestry company Rayonier guaranteed $30,000 towards the project, over the next three years. These significant donations means the Trust can proceed with the construction of the first stage of the trail.

The complete track will be 25km long and follow the banks of the scenic Tairua estuary, continuing from the end of the existing Coastal Walkway track, over a newly-constructed bridge at the Tangitarori Stream, following the estuary up near Hikuai School, down to the north-western side of the Tairua River and estuary, finally linking up with the public access way from Tairua Primary School.

“At the moment we are waiting for resource consent from Waikato Regional Council which has had our application for some weeks," said Hikuai District Trust spokesman Gary Fowler. “Regional Council required a huge amount of information and experts had provided this. An extensive ecological report was part of the application, along with support from local landowners and Iwi. Meanwhile a Regional Council staff member has walked the trail and pest control has also been introduced to the area.”

The application for stage one covers the section from the Tangitarori Stream to Duck Creek. The Trust plans to complete this section before undertaking the next section to Hikuai.

“We are lucky to have trail expert John Gaukrodger as part of the Trust’s Trail Committee,” Mr Fowler said. “John has a great deal of expertise with these projects and has been hugely helpful in getting us this far. We also want to thank both the Thames-Coromandel District Council and Rayonier Matariki for their financial support.

 “There are large outgoings needed to pay for approvals before we can start on any construction. Money is an ongoing concern and once we have something to show, fundraising will become more aggressive.

“The first job once consent is given will be a bridge over the Tangitarori Stream. This has been designed and is part of the Regional Council application. It specifically allows for small craft access underneath, something that has met with approval from local canoeists and paddle-boarders.”

The Trust is working closely with the Coromandel’s Coastal Walkways group.

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