|Pauanui Tairua Trail||
|Pauanui Tairua Trail||
The 4th/5th January storm dealt the Waterways boardwalk a devastating blow.
The Trail Committee is now desperate for funds to cover the $20,000 cost of materials and machine hire required for the repair. The considerable labour involved has been supplied at no cost.
The usual Trail Committee suspects set aside all other commitments immediately after the storm and together with a large number of enthusiastic and hard working local volunteers set to work. Within 5 days the boardwalk was temporarily fixed to the point it could be used.
Previous repairs have generally held up well. The high tide, storm surge and large waves caused by strong winds proved too much, however, for some of the original structure.
At least 30 new blade piles, with extensions will be driven in deeper than before. These piles should withstand even the tremendous pressure generated by the recent combination of adverse weather and tide conditions.
We are looking for donations which might, for example, cover the cost of a blade pile (30 required at $500 each), a bearer (6 required at $100 each) or a wooden pile (8 required at $50 each). But any donation will be gratefully received.
Donations should be paid to the Hikuai District Trust (a registered charity).
On line (or banked) to account number: 03 0458 0277108 00, or
Posted to the Trust’s treasurer Bill Witt, P.O. Box 97, Pauanui 3546
Requests for a receipt can be emailed to Bill: firstname.lastname@example.org
What a machine! Kayd Tapp from Stump and Grind provided his machine free of charge yesterday to grind out all the unwanted stumps and large number of roots across the trail. The self propelled remotely controlled machine
"Spartacus" walked in from Tangiteroria Lane and then from the Ops area as, at 3 tonne, we could not risk getting it over the bridge at Tangiteroria Stream. This powerful machine devoured all in its path (see photo ).
Our maintenance crew of Peter, John and I were filling in the holes left by the machine and also acting as safety sentries both in front and behind the machine to stop any trail users getting too close. It did an awesome job!
Many thanks to Kayd who confirmed he would come back next year to do further
work if we required it for free!
John McKenzie's love affair with Bob continues and he has clocked up a lot of hours so far. He and Peter MIllen have made some great improvements to parts of the existing Trail.
Groups of other volunteers have planted a significant number of different trees alongside the Trail.
One way and another Trail users can be expected to enjoy the Trail even more as time goes by.
Our thanks again to the people who made Bob's purchase possible.
Our great little Kubota workhorse is on the job again with 5 volunteers planting more trees at this lovely spot on 6.8.17. Purchased some time ago thanks to generous discounts by Kubota and Central Motors and a substantial grant from Pub Charities this little orange buggy, with its trailer, is in constant use.
The guys continue to work on Reflection Point as well as many other places on the Trail. Some new plantings have further enhanced this beautiful spot.
Our application for resource consent to the next section of the Trail (Duck Creek to Hikuai) was lodged with Waikato Regional Council on the 6th May 2017. It has taken Andy Bolton and his team a lot longer than anticipated and no wonder, with a massive 220 pages of text and plans required to meet the Regional Council expectations.
A great effort by Andy and particular thanks to the professionals involved.
Much of the land involved is controlled by DOC and a similar effort will be required to give DOC all the information it requires.
We are all looking forward to the day we can start work on the extension but that day is obviously a little way off yet.
Gabi Hunnker and Esther Salvisberg from Switzerland posed for this photo just past the southern end of the boardwalks this morning.
They were going to take their time walking all of the Trail, stopping at the many picturesque spots along the way.
Absolutely the best way to do it!
The pavers for the picnic table were completed sometime ago and the maintenance crew has recently erected warning chains and ropes above overhangs which might otherwise cause problems. There is still some tidying up to do but this area has numerous seats and many picturesque views that offer great photo opportunities. It is already one of the most popular stopping points on the Trail.
More than 50% of dog owners taking their dog on the Trail choose to ignore the TCDC requirement that their dog must be on a lead. These silly people put not only wildlife but their own pets at risk, given that poisoned predators
are never far from the track.