Pureora Cycle Trail about realising economic potential
Hon Dr Pita Sharples
Minister of Maori Affairs
Trail about realising economic potential
celebrations recognising the first section opening of the
Pureora Timber Trail, part of Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand
Cycle Trail, which were held over the weekend are the first
step to see visitors travelling through ancient rain forests
and across the ancestral homelands of several Central North
“It’s a brilliant example of
innovative Māori asset holders and government working
together to realise the economic potential of their
lands,” said Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples.
The government is contributing around $5.5 million to
construct the Pureroa Timber Trail: $2.1 million through the
New Zealand Cycle Trail and the remainder through the
Department of Conservation (DOC).
A consortium of
seven Māori land trusts and one Māori incorporation make
up Kohia Ltd, who have been supported in their mahi by Te
Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Māori Development.
who manage the Trail have asked Kohia Ltd to manage aspects
of the trail, located west of Lake Taupō, which analysts
predict could attract up to 15,000 tourists every year.
Starting at Pureora in the north and ending at Ongarue in
the south, travellers will cross New Zealand’s longest
cycle trail suspension bridge over the Maungatukutuku
Stream, pass by spectacular rock formations and travel deep
into extensive native bush.
“This tourism enterprise
could hold the potential of hundreds of new jobs and shows
the benefits of iwi working together and alongside other
local and national stakeholders to create sustainable,
economic value in their communities,” said Dr Sharples.
The Pureora Timber Trail is expected to open on March
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