Walk on the mild side

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MATTHEW DAL­LAS

It will take more than a bad hip and a pair of crutches to dampen the en­thu­si­asm of Lisa Web­ber – or keep her off Whitby’s path­ways this Sun­day.

The Whitby Walk­fest or­gan­iser says it’s an amaz­ing oc­ca­sion for fam­i­lies to get out and about with­out spend­ing a dime.

‘‘Peo­ple say it’s a wealthy area, but not re­ally – ev­ery­one is try­ing to make their money go around.’’

The Whitby Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion event was first held in 2009 and, as al­ways, is about en­sur­ing Whitby res­i­dents and the wider com­mu­nity are aware of the lovely walk­ways through­out the sub­urb. When the area was first de­signed, it was en­vi­sioned that no child would need to cross a road to get to school due to its net­work of path­ways.

‘‘What we are do­ing makes an oc­ca­sion for peo­ple to pick up a map and ex­plore the sub­urb fur­ther.’’

Seven sug­gested routes fea­ture on a map avail­able on the day. They cater for all ages and fit­ness lev­els and trek to all cor­ners of the sub­urb bar the Red­wood sub­di­vi­sion, where walk­ways are not a fea­ture.

Ms Web­ber says for those keen to walk ‘‘the full gaunt­let’’ of about 14 kilo­me­tres, it will take about two and a half hours.

As al­ways, Whitby Sec­tions has been sup­port­ive of the event, do­ing all of the pho­to­copy­ing of maps for free and al­low­ing ac­cess over the top half of the for­mer golf course, which is nor­mally closed due to build­ing works.

Walk­fest head­quar­ters will be at St Mary’s Church in the vil­lage cen­tre, while Habi­tat For Hu­man­ity will be fundrais­ing with a sausage siz­zle and cof­fee cart. Trevor Farmer from Porirua City Coun­cil will be talk­ing water re­cy­cling and emer­gency man­age­ment.

This year it falls on Neigh­bours’ Day – an ex­tra in­cen­tive for peo­ple to hit the pave­ment with other res­i­dents, or hold a bar­be­cue, Ms Web­ber says.

Whitby Walk­fest, March 25, noon to 3pm, starts at St Mary’s Church, Dis­cov­ery Dr.

Walk this way: Whitby Walk­fest or­gan­iser Lisa Web­ber en­joy­ing the views from the Mer­cury Way look­out, one of many sweet spots for folks to track down and en­joy.

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