Plimmerton Rotary awarded funding for Pauatahanui Pathway

The Rotary Club of Plimmerton Charitable Trust has been awarded $5,687 from the New Zealand Walking Access Commission's Enhanced Access Fund, which supports projects designed to enhance access to New Zealand's outdoors.

The funding will enable resource consent for the next stage of Te Ara Piko Pathway. Once complete, the walking and cycling pathway will stretch 12km around the Pauatahanui Estuary, an area including tidal flats that are an important habitat for native wildlife.

Earlier stages of the joint project between Porirua City Council and Plimmerton Rotary have received accolades, including winning the Heritage and Environment Category of the Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.

New Zealand Walking Access Commission Chief Executive Mark Neeson said the next stage of the pathway would continue to build on the success of the project.

“The Pauatahanui estuary is a place of environmental and cultural importance to the Wellington region. This project will enable better access to the area so that people can enjoy it.

“The Rotary Club, Porirua City Council and local community have shown a commendable commitment to establishing a sustainable pathway by establishing a restoration nursery and carrying out an extensive re-vegetation project.”

In 2010, an earlier stage of the project was awarded $30,000 over two years from the Enhanced Access Fund for signage and construction.

The Rotary Club of Plimmerton Charitable Trust is one of two organisations nationally to be awarded funding from the Enhanced Access Fund's third funding round of 2014-2015. There are four rounds being run in the 2014-2015 year, with a total of $76,000 available.

The other funding recipient is the Southland District Council, which will receive $23,000 to help formalise access across private land for the final stage of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail, which leads through the Eyre Mountains bordering Lake Wakatipu.

Further details about the fund and the application process are available in the Enhanced Access Fund section of the Commission's website.