Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


National Cycleway Success For Mackenzie Region

National Cycleway Success For Mackenzie Region


Click to enlarge

“This is the biggest thing to happen to Mackenzie tourism since The Hermitage was built and a guy called James Mackenzie rustled some sheep!” said a rapt Phil Brownie after hearing the news that the Mackenzie region has been shortlisted for the New Zealand Cycle Trail project.

Mr Brownie, the General Manager of Destination Mt Cook Mackenzie, received word yesterday (11 February) that the region’s ‘Alps to Ocean’ cycleway proposal was one of 13 to be shortlisted from 54 applications nationwide.

The successful applicants now move forward to the feasibility study stage which will confirm whether their visions can be priced and delivered as promised.

Mr Brownie believes the proposed Alps to Ocean cycleway could spell huge benefits for the Mackenzie and Waitaki regions.

“The cycleway establishment committee has worked really hard on the proposal and we’re thrilled to get it over the line. If we’re ultimately successful, we’ll be able to create something special for Kiwis and overseas visitors to enjoy as well as providing huge opportunities to build stronger and wealthier communities and a better place to live in," he says.

The committee’s aim is ‘to create New Zealand’s ultimate cycleway from the splendour of the country’s highest peak, through magnificently varied terrain to the coast - and the colonial heritage of an authentic Victorian town’.

The proposed cycle trail would cover 300km from Aoraki Mount Cook to Oamaru and would showcase the diversity of the Mackenzie and Waitaki regions, from pre-European history to some of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural landscapes and wildlife.

Mr Brownie says the cycle trail is still very much at concept stage and there’s a lot of work still to be done.

“Nothing is set in stone yet but the vast majority of the proposed trail traverses national park land, crown land administered by the Department of Conservation, crown land administered by Land Information New Zealand, quiet county roads, and Meridian Energy access roads.

“There are lots of specifications that need to be considered in order to build the trail. Based on experience elsewhere, most trail users would be groups of novice riders between 40 to 65 years old who bike between 30 to 50km per day. That means if we were to build a Grade 1 Trail, it would need to be two metres wide and have a gradient of no more than four percent. Our utopia would be no more than 15km between lattes and plenty of accommodation, services and transport options for people to enjoy which would encourage them to stay longer.

“A lot of time and thought has gone into our proposal and I’d like to acknowledge and thank our partners - the Department of Conservation, Meridian Energy, Mackenzie and Waitaki district councils, Tourism Waitaki and, of course, our tourism operators – their support has been invaluable and they’ve given up so much of their time. It’s been a real team effort.”

For more information about the Mackenzie region visit www.mtcooknz.com.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Issue Out Now: Werewolf 47

Alison McCulloch: Lest We Remember

Local iwi have plans to spruce up the Te Ranga site as part of the 150th commemorations this year of key battles in the “New Zealand Wars”, but not a lot of money to do it with.

Information gathered from numerous government agencies shows that while more than $25 million is being spent on monuments and commemorations relating to foreign wars, primarily World War I and its centenary, only around $250,000 has been set aside for those fought on our own soil. More>>

Anne Russell: Anzac Day - Identity Politics, With Guns

Even cursory research into media reports from the past forty years reveals a cultural shift in the commemoration of Anzac Day. Among other things, turnout at Dawn services has increased significantly in recent decades.

Contemporary numbers are estimated at 3,000-4,000 in Wellington, and 10,000-15,000 in Auckland. Newspaper reports from the 1970s and 80s estimated Wellington turnouts at 300-800, and Auckland at anywhere from 600 to 4,000. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Spookwatch: New Inspector-General Of Intelligence And Security Appointed

Prime Minister John Key hasannounced the appointment of Cheryl Gwyn as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. The appointment was made by the Administrator of the Government on behalf of the Governor General and is for a term of three years. More>>

Crowdsourcing: Green Party Launches Internet Rights And Freedoms Bill

The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand’s first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shane Jones Departure

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More>>

COMMENT:

Multimedia: PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen... More>>

ALSO:

Easter Trading: Workers 'Can Kiss Goodbye To Easter Sunday Off'

The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. More>>

ALSO:

ACT Don't Go For Maximum Penalty: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail

Three strikes for burglary was introduced to England and Wales in 1999. As in New Zealand, burglary was out of control and given a low priority by the police and the courts. A Labour government passed a three strikes law whereby a third conviction for burglaries earned a mandatory three years in prison... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home. More>>

ALSO:

Elections: New Electorate Boundaries Finalised

New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news