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Local Community Project Underway

Mar 1, 2016

March 2016

The first stage of the Pauanui Tairua Trail Project has opened with the help of RMF funding and will provide a wonderful scenic cycleway and walking track linking Pauanui and Tairua.

We are delighted to be a part of this great initiative which will be a real asset to the community and a drawcard for visitors.

The first four kilometres of the planned 25km track is now complete and runs from Pauanui to Awa Whio Whio (Duck Creek).  The next stage of the walkway will run to the old one lane Hikuai Bridge close to Hikuai School and then proceed down the North Western side of the Tairua River and estuary, linking up with the public access way from the Tairua Primary School.

Forestry has a long history in this community and with views of our Tairua forest all around the walkway, it is important that we are a part of this ambitious project.  We plan to create a series of educational signs illustrating forestry's relationship with the area and highlight the benefits to the community.

Hikuai District Trust's funding coordaintor, Jeanette Waters, said the Trust was extremely grateful for RMF's support.  "Rayonier was the first company to come on board in 2013 and have faith in us to deliver this huge project.  Without their substantial contribution we would not have been able to ge the trail underway as quickly as we did and having the forestry workers' professional skills to assist with felling trees and cleaning up a slip was a huge help."

The project will take up to two years to complete and we look forward to celebrating with the local community.

Paul Nicholls