Papakura Courier : May 4th 2016
Spice up dinner P13 Feeling the cold? P28 Papakura Courier ‘Beautiful’walk restored Wednesday, May 4, 2016 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Walkers will soon have access to a pathway closed for nearly five years, reports Nigel Moffiet. A reconnected coastal path will help restore a ‘‘beautiful asset’’ in South Auckland. Work is underway to reconnect the Pahurehure Inlet walkway, which was closed between Wharf St and Queen St in 2011 after a landslip caused the concrete path to collapse. The reconstruction includes a 2.2 metre wide concrete path and 783 metre timber boardwalk that will bypass the unstable cliff. Construction on the $510,000 project will begin this month and will be finished by June. The development will also include a revegetation and erosion control programme. Papakura Local Board deputy chairman Michael Turner says the project comes after years of ‘‘‘‘We’ve got a coastline here we want to be able to use and this is the start of it.’’ ’’ Michael Turner advocating for upgrades. ‘‘Now it’s going to happen...I’m so excited about this... Auckland Council has listened and we’re delighted. ‘‘I come here often with my grandchildren. My family are often down here. We’ve got a coastline here we want to be able to use and this is the start of it,’’ he says. Pahurehure Inlet Protection Society committee member Murray Kidd says he is ‘‘behind it and supporting it’’. Kidd uses the walkway daily A section of the Conifer Grove walkway will be upgraded this year. Boardwalk makeover scheduled At present Auckland Council has no current plans for construction beyond the Pahurehure boardwalk project, Auckland Council projectmanager Greg Hannah says. But a 60-metre section of the Conifer Grovewalkway is about to be renewed with works starting this year. The Manurewawalkway development is also in progress with its first stage of construction at Heron Point. When completed, the walkway will connect the Weymouth area, through to Wattle Downs and Great South Rd. Pahurehure Inlet Protection Society committee member Murray Kidd, left, and Papakura Local Board deputy chairman Michael Turner are welcoming the construction of a new section of the Pahurehure Inlet walkway. for jogging and says it’s a ‘‘beautiful asset to Papakura’’. Getting away from the noise and traffic and enjoying the bird life are other great aspects of walking around the inlet, he says. ‘‘We can walk past other people and say good morning and stop and have a chat... It’s lovely when the tide is in.’’ Auckland Council project manager Greg Hannah says a board- PHOTO: NIGEL MOFFIET. walk solution was needed after a geotechnical report found parts of the cliff were too unstable for a footpath. ‘‘The cliff will be revegetated with a mix of eco-sourced native plants and trees to help prevent any further erosion.’’ Hannah says the work is part of an ongoing project for walkways and cycle ways around the inlet and Hingaia foreshore that will be implemented ‘‘over time as budgets allow’’.
April 27th 2016