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

 


Dunes Trail completion “a fantastic achievement”

Dunes Trail completion “a fantastic achievement”

“It’s a fantastic achievement to complete this new section of trail,” said Richard Leggat, Chair of The New Zealand Cycle Trail, after attending the Motu Trails opening at Tirohanga near Opotiki.

“The new section of trail highlights the collaboration between all the governance groups involved — in particular the Whakatohea iwi for their generosity in allowing the trail to run through a sacred area,” said Mr Leggat, who travelled down from Auckland for the event.

After the 7am karakia and blessing, and 8am opening, Mr Leggat spent an hour digging holes and planting trees, as part of the Project Crimson community planting day led by Gordon Hosking. Then it was onto the bikes for a rather wet and muddy ride to the eastern end of the Dunes Trail, and the start of the Motu Road Trail.

The opening was a great success, with Robert Edwards, Chair of Whakatohea Maori Trust Board opening the speeches by talking about the significance of the area.

Opotiki Mayor John Forbes and Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon spoke, as did Mr Leggat, and BOP Regional Council Chair Doug Leeder.

Local MP Anne Tolley also addressed the audience, and then marked the trail opening with the planting of a commemorative pohutukawa.

Some 5000 trees were planted along the sides of the trail, overlooked by trees planted three years ago that in recent months have shot up to around 1.5m high.

The morning was damp, but DoC, Opotiki Council and BOP regional council had erected plenty of marquee cover to keep everyone dry.

“From a Nga Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail perspective, the Motu Trails are special. They are essentially three trails in one, so they provide the visitor with a wonderful diversity of experiences,” said Mr Leggat.

“It would be great to see the stories about the area shared with visitors, so that when people come to the Motu Trails, it is about far more than just a cycling experience.”

In a New Zealand first, the 900m of new trail heads onto the beach under the Tirohanga bluff. Two soaring pou, erected on Saturday and facing east and west, mark the significance of the area.

The Dunes Trail is now fully open, the realization of the Motu Trails vision that was conceived in 2010. With some 11km of trail winding along the dunes, only touching the sealed access driveway briefly at Hikuwai, the number of trail users is expected to increase further from the 17,000+ counts recorded at Hikuwai in the year to April 2014.

/ENDS.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014.

During his visit, President Xi Jinping met with Governor-General Jerry Mateparae, and held talks with Prime Minister John Key. The leaders had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

China President Wishlists: Greens Welcome Xi, But Human Rights Need To Be On Agenda

“President Xi has made some progress on climate change, but he must also lift the Chinese government’s game on human rights issues,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said... It is important that our Government continues to urge the Chinese government to show restraint and respect human rights in both Tibet and the Xinjiang province.” More>>

ALSO:

Airport Security Breach: CAA Fines Minister

Minister Brownlee has been issued an infringement notice and is required to pay a $2000 infringement fine for breaching Civil Aviation Rule 19.357(b), which states no person may be in an airport security area without an appropriate identity card or document. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news