River trails gain further support
Mighty River Power has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to the Waikato River Trails by renewing a three-year sponsorship agreement.
Mighty River Power chief executive Fraser Whineray said the company had been supporting Waikato River Trails since 2004 and was delighted to continue to sponsor them.
‘‘Mighty River Power is proud to have been a long-term supporter of Waikato River Trails and we look forward to that continuing for another three years so we can work collaboratively to further develop and enhance the trails, which have a fantastic sustainable focus and showcase the Waikato River.’’
Whineray joined Waikato River Trails chairman Stu Edmeades near the Arapuni Dam section of the trails to celebrate the sponsorship agreement.
Whineray cycled a section of the Karapiro trail during the visit, starting at the Arapuni swingbridge which included a 500-metre boardwalk through the Huihuitaha wetland.
Edmeades said: ‘‘ The trust is delighted to have a wonderful partnership and understanding with Mighty River Power. Over the last 10 years Mighty River Power has provided support to enable high quality public access to the Waikato River resources we share and value so much. The trails provide us opportunity to collaborate with the community to enhance the environment by planting native trees, to run great events such as The Taniwha, new event The Generator and to showcase our magnificent local assets.’’
The trails are cycling and walking tracks that extend for 103km featuring the bush, historic landmarks, geological formations and wetlands along the banks of the Waikato River and hydro lakes.
It’s estimated people have cycled, walked and run one million kilometres along the trails so far.
Mighty River Power is a major sponsor for The Generator, a multi-sport event on the Waikato River Trails in South Waikato on April 18.