Min­is­ter vis­its am­bi­tious Kerik­eri walk­way pro­ject

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Anew trail that will pro­vide ac­cess to a hid­den wa­ter­fall near Kerik­eri re­ceived a Min­is­te­rial visit re­cently when the New Zealand Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion hosted As­so­ci­ate Min­is­ter for Pri­mary In­dus­tries Louise Up­ston for a guided walk.

The visit was or­gan­ised to cel­e­brate the work be­ing un­der­taken by Kerik­eri Ro­tary, Vi­sion Kerik- eri, Friends of Wairoa Stream and others in the com­mu­nity to cre­ate last­ing pub­lic ac­cess to Te Wairere Wa­ter­fall.

The new 2km Wairoa Stream Walk­ing Track, which is un­der de­vel­op­ment, will pro­vide ac­cess from Kerik­eri’s Pa Road foot­bridge to the wa­ter­fall. Te Wairere Wa­ter­fall was once pop­u­lar, but has be­come dif­fi­cult to ac­cess in re­cent decades as a re­sult of

the sub­di­vi­sion of land and the re­growth of for­est along­side the Wairoa Stream’s banks.

Much of the track to the wa­ter­fall is com­plete and work is now un­der­way to con­struct a 12-me­tre­long bridge across the Wairoa Stream to com­plete the pro­ject.

Ms Up­ston walked the track with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of groups in­volved in its de­vel­op­ment, and met with ad­join­ing land­hold­ers who have gen­er­ously pro­vided ac­cess across their land for the track.

The New Zealand Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion is the Crown en­tity that plays a lead role in pro­mot­ing free, cer­tain, en­dur­ing and prac­ti­cal ac­cess to the out­doors.

New Zealand Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Eric Pyle wel­comed the Min­is­ter’s in­ter­est in com­mu­nity trail de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives and pub­lic ac­cess to the out­doors.

“This visit pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for the Min­is­ter to see some of the fan­tas­tic trail de­vel­op­ment work be­ing done by com­mu­nity groups in North­land, in part­ner­ship with lo­cal iwi and land­hold­ers.

The Wairoa Stream Track is a great ex­am­ple of the work be­ing done across the coun­try to de­velop new pub­lic ac­cess for cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

The bridge over Wairoa Stream is ex­pected to be com­plete in April, if weather al­lows, and the track to Te Wairere Falls will open shortly af­ter­wards.

Above: From left, Doug Gal­braith (Kerik­eri Ro­tary), Rod Brown (Vi­sion Kerik­eri), Min­is­ter Louise Up­ston, and Eric Pyle (New Zealand Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion) at Te Wairere Wa­ter­fall.

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