Early in September 2016 signs of construction activity for another section of the pathway have occurred. Driving along Grays Road now one can observe the work site for the next construction phase. Fulton Hogan, the contractor for the Kakaho Bridge and Boardwalk section, has placed lots of pink flags showing the line of the boardwalk and also the site office area in the Kakaho Stream bridge car park. Another work site has been set up on Grays farm immediately across the road, for stock pile of materials and heavy equipment. These works should be completed early in 2017.
On a recent Saturday morning in lovely weather conditions, lots of hi-vis vest clad individuals could be seen moving plants by chain gang method out into the low tide area at Ration Creek. This was another stint of mitigation planting of sea rush carried out by Rotary club members. The boardwalk was a bit congested for local users of the pathway while the plants were transferred across it to the planting site, but short term disruption is worthwhile when the results can be seen. Recent aerial photographs show the erosion control that has been achieved by the plantings done by the Plimmerton Rotary volunteers over the last five years. The need for mitigation planting is reducing and now that the pathway is moving closer to completion the diligent volunteers will be able to rest on their laurels and look back at several years of fun and fellowship while working on a good project.