Walkers talk on trail progress

All going well, this vessel will provide a link between Wenderholm and Mahurangi West Peninsula, without the need for any permanent structures.

Walking trails are on the agenda of this month’s Warkworth Town Hall talk, which will be held on Thursday, June 20, starting at 5.30pm.

The speakers will be Chris Charles, who will give an update on the Puhoi and Pakiri Trail, and Cimino Cole, from the Mahurangi Coastal Trail Trust.

Mr Charles is a programme manager with the Walking Access Commission and Auckland Council. His job involves working alongside iwi, the Rodney Local Board, Matakana Coast Trail Trust, Department of Conservation (DOC) and community groups to secure quality public access for walking, cycling and horse riding along the route.   

Prior to joining the commission, he spent six years establishing and managing community and inter-government partnerships across DOC, including with the Department of Corrections. He also once held a project management role at the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Switzerland promoting sustainable transport options.

Mr Cole will provide an update on plans to design and build a scow-inspired vessel to test whether a reaction or cable ferry can be operated effectively at the Pūhoi river mouth.

He says the vessel will feature twin bow boarding ramps to allow passengers to embark and disembark from the beach, thus potentially eliminating the need for visually obtrusive shore structures.

“If the vessel proves to be viable, Mahurangi Action and the Mahurangi Coastal Trail Trust will seek permission to convey regional park visitors,” Mr Cole says.

“Our Mahurangi Regatta principal sponsor, Stuart Charlton who is the managing director of Teak Construction, conceived the construction as a community project, similar to the stunningly successful restoration of the Mahurangi West Hall, which he project managed.”

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