Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced this morning $3 million in funding for projects in Mangawhai and Kaiwaka.
Kaipara District Council will receive $2.4 million towards the construction of an 8km off-road shared pathway that will connect Mangawhai Heads with the village.
“People will be able to use the walking and cycling paths to get to school, work, the shops and for recreation. This is something the local community has been seeking for a long time,” Mr Jones said.
The Government is also providing $600,000 to the Mangawhai Historic Wharf Trust to rebuild the wharf.
The new-look wharf will be a floating pontoon accessed by a gangway to allow all-tide access to the water.
It will be built beside the Mangawhai Tavern which is also undergoing a comprehensive restoration.
Shane Jones said the $3 million for the shovel-ready projects was an overdue investment into the Mangawhai area.
“The Kaipara District Council has done a sterling job of advocating for shovel-ready projects,” Mr Jones said.
Meanwhile, the government will also provide $750,000 to the KDC to build two footbridges in Kaiwaka across State Highway One.
“Kaiwaka is an area that is growing in importance as people spread from Auckland and find new places to live. The new footbridges will open up more recreational space and access to parts of the upper Kaipara Harbour,” Mr Jones said.