NZ Shared path­way: $11,000 grant to help con­struct Pauanui - Tairua Trail

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The Hikuai Dis­trict Trust has won an $11,000 grant to help com­plete stage two of the 25-kilo­me­tre Pauanui-Tairua Cy­cle and Walk­way.

The trail, when com­pleted, will al­low res­i­dents and tourists to walk and cy­cle safely be­tween Pauanui and Tairua. But first, it needed fund­ing to resur­vey the trail so that it could be of­fi­cially gazetted.

The money is one of two grants from the Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion’s En­hanced Ac­cess Fund, which sup­ports lo­cal groups to build and pre­serve outdoor ac­cess - es­pe­cially tracks and trails.

Project man­ager Andy Bolton says the Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion fund­ing has helped the Trust to move on to the next stage of the trail.

“When we fin­ish the track it will be a safe link be­tween the two com­mu­ni­ties of Tairua and Pauanui,” says Andy.

“School chil­dren and tourists will share the trail with our na­tive birds and streams.”

Andy says lo­cal con­trac­tors and many vol­un­teers are help­ing.

The Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion grant has helped too, but the Trust still needs more pri­vate do­na­tions to build the trail.

Above right: A board walk over a wet area. Mid­dle: The track wan­ders through bush. Below: A seat to rest and en­joy the scenery

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