Te Ara Piko path one step closer

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Sight­seers are one step closer to be­ing able to walk around Pau­ata­hanui Inlet.

The first sec­tion of Te Ara Piko – nine kilo­me­tres long – was of­fi­cially opened at the Light­house Cin­ema in the Pau­ata­hanui Vil­lage on Wed­nes­day.

Plim­mer­ton Ro­tary pres­i­dent and project man­ager Ron Lu­cas said the nine-year process was a big mile­stone.

The next stage, 1.8km long, will be from Mo­tukaraka Point to the wa­ter ski club.

The new walk­way will join with the Cam­borne path­way and al­low safe pas­sage around the Inlet. It has al­ready be­gun with a con­sul­ta­tion process.

Lu­cas said he hoped the next step would be faster than the first and be fin­ished by 2020. It was pro­jected to cost about $2 mil­lion, al­most dou­ble the cost of the last sec­tion.

Lu­cas said Plim­mer­ton Ro­tary would be rais­ing money for the project over the next few months.

Te Ara Piko, which means the me­an­der­ing path, has been a joint project be­tween Ro­tary and Porirua City Coun­cil since 2005.

Te Ara Piko has won sev­eral na­tional awards, in­clud­ing the Recre­ational Vol­un­teers Award in the Encore Awards and the Her­itage and En­vi­ron­ment Cat­e­gory of the Welling­ton Air­port Re­gional Com­mu­nity Awards last year.

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

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