After receiving a lotteries community grant, work on the Ruawai walk and cycleway will begin. The almost four kilometre walk follows the waterfront from Ruawai Wharf to the end of Simpson Road.
A subcommittee of the Ruawai Promotions and Development Group will oversee the project which is expected to begin in late February and be completed later in the year, with a celebratory opening and fun run walk event.
The project was spearheaded over 12 months ago by Stella Clyde. “Stella gathered up a group of interested community people, found out their strengths and together we made it happen” said chair of the sub-committee Anna Curnow.
For now, the focus is on making new signs for the walkway, with information about the area’s history and wildlife on them.
The new track will also connect to public roads, allowing users to complete a loop of just under 10km. “Over the past few years the government has invested over $50 million into cycle tracks nationwide, so it is hoped that if local Kaipara communities show some initiative and make a start, they may attract larger scale funding to link their tracks,” said Sport Northland Kaipara community connector Roxanne Kelly.
“Kaipara is now being seen as one of the key walking and cycling destinations, especially being within a day trip of a major city population. But for now though Ruawai leads the way.”