Track project team nears end of first stage

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

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.

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