Track project team nears end of first stage
Consultants working as part of the Te Mata Project Team have almost completed the first stage of the three-phase process being used to find a suitable option for the walking track on the eastern side of Te Mata Peak.
The Project Team, whose members include external consultants, mana whenua representatives and council officers, has been brought together by the Hastings District Council.
Phase one started in May with the team working on the cultural, landscape, ecological, recreational and engineering assessments of the eastern escarpment of Te Mata Rongokako, an Outstanding Natural Landscape area. Those reports are expected to be completed in the next few weeks.
The team will then enter into phase two, which will assess different track options against all the cultural, landscape and other technical information gathered in phase one.
Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst says the council hopes public consultation on the track options will begin in October.
“Staff are currently planning what that consultation process will look like and how long it will run.”
She said the council had also been meeting regularly with the Te Mata Track Reference Group — a wider group of key stakeholders and interested parties including Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Craggy Range Winery, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, Te Mata Park Trust, Te Mata Peak Peoples’ Track Society, Hastings District Council, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Waimarama Marae — to keep them updated on the project team’s work. Hazlehurst said the reference group was looking forward to seeing all the information being gathered and the community consulted.
Hastings mayor Sandra Hazlehurst with the Te Mata Reference Group.