Clean up for Wa­haroa Rd

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - LAWRENCE GULLERY

The north­ern en­trance to Mata­mata is about to be given an over­due spruce up to im­prove safety and hope­fully its looks.

New Zealand Trans­port Agency (NZTA) is re­spon­si­ble for State High­way 27, the main road from Wa­haroa into Mata­mata.

Ki­wiRail man­aged the ad­ja­cent rail line and Wa­haroa Rd, a lo­cal road, was main­tained by the dis­trict coun­cil.

NZTA and the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil, through the Safe Roads Al­liance, are plan­ning to im­prove the safety of the 5km stretch of road as part of its na­tion­wide safety retro­fit pro­gramme.

The move comes af­ter a num­ber of peo­ple worked to­gether to tidy up the south­ern en­trance into Mata­mata.

It in­volved trim­ming trees, clear­ing branches and rub­bish along a 4km stretch of Hin­uera Rd, near State High­way 27, at the south­ern en­trance to the town.

One of those in­volved, Jane Ewen, had then wanted to fo­cus on sim­i­lar work along Wa­haroa Rd.

Wa­haroa means ‘‘gate­way’’ and Wa­haroa vil­lage stands at the en­trance to Mata­mata.

NZTA said there were half a dozen or so tree copse/thick­ets be­tween Wa­haroa and Mata­mata.

‘‘We will be in­stalling bar­ri­ers to pro­tect road users from these haz­ards. As part of the in­stal­la­tion we will prune low hang­ing branches to en­sure road clear­ance is main­tained. Ex­ist­ing pave­ment and line mark­ing will re­main.

‘‘In pruning the trees we will be a good neigh­bour and tidy up the en­tire copses (rather than just one side) so that the over­all vis­ual ap­pear­ance is en­hanced.’’

NZTA said the work would be done be­tween March to Septem­ber 2017.

The coun­cil said it would work with NZTA and Ki­wiRail to im­prove safety and the vis­ual ap­pear­ance of this stretch of road.

Jane Ewen was happy to hear work to­wards clean­ing up the road was in the pipe­line.

She hoped it would en­cour­age those liv­ing nearby to keep the area tidy and main­tained.

There had been some ‘‘amaz­ing peo­ple’’ who had helped with work to clean up Hin­uera Rd. J. Swap had helped main­tain the south­ern en­trance to Mata­mata on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, mow­ing the en­tire strip weekly. Ro­tary was the only com­mu­nity group to be­come in­volved in the pro­ject.

‘‘Mur­ray Wil­son had al­lowed us to dump the rub­bish for noth­ing. A C Wil­cox and Ce­cil Thompson did reg­u­lar spray­ing, Sam Martin, as well as Jamie and John McIn­tyre, did some heavy chain saw work.

‘‘Of course there has been some in­valu­able help from my friends who know who they are that is so ap­pre­ci­ated.’’

LAWRENCE GULLERY

Jane Ewen, in a pic­ture from Au­gust 2016, when she asked for author­i­ties to think about clean­ing up Wa­haroa Rd.

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