Inlet walkway true to name with its meandering shape
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.
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.