In­let walk­way true to name with its me­an­der­ing shape

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Te Ara Piko, the grow­ing track around Pau­ata­hanui in­let, has be­gun to live up to its name.

Plim­mer­ton Rotary project man­ager Ron Lu­cas said con­tract works to build the sec­tion be­tween Ra­tion Point and Ra­tion Creek were un­der way.

‘‘ Then they have got to build a bridge across Ra­tion Creek. That was a sep­a­rate con­tract,’’ he said.

‘‘ We hope it will be com­plete by about Christ­mas.

‘‘ The bit that they are build­ing at the mo­ment is the first bit that looks as if it is me­an­der­ing.

‘‘That’s what Te Ara Piko means, me­an­der­ing path.’’

Fund­ing this year from Porirua City Coun­cil will be put to­wards the con­sent process for the next stage, from Mo­tukaraka Point to the wa­ter ski club, and Mr Lu­cas expected con­sul­ta­tion with in­ter­ested par­ties to be­gin within a month.

All up, there is 5.85 kilo­me­tres to go, out of the to­tal of 14km for the path.

The next sec­tion will be built on the road­side to avoid un­nec­es­sary dis­tur­bance to the wet­land, he said.

The Rotary club has set up a nurs­ery on Paekakariki Rd to grow seedlings to mit­i­gate the ef­fects of the walk­way on the wet­lands it passed through, Mr Lu­cas said.

The path­way was Plim­mer­ton Rotary Club’s centenary project, mark­ing 100 years of Rotary In­ter­na­tional.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Wan­derer: Plank by plank, the Te Ara Piko path­way is en­com­pass­ing Pau­ata­hanui In­let. Plim­mer­ton Rotary project man­ager Ron Lu­cas ex­pects the Ra­tion Point to Ra­tion Creek leg to be com­pleted by Christ­mas.

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