By Jenny Lucas
Posted: 2 August 2015
Te Ara Piko – the Meandering Path - is a very significant project for Plimmerton Rotary. So significant in fact that there is a sub group of the Projects committee dedicated solely to the Pathway and the Inlet. During the past year progress has been achieved in many areas, including restoration planting, predator control, fund raising and most significantly assisting with the preparation of the resource consent application for the next section from Motukaraka Point to the Wellington Jet Sport Club at Camborne.
While waiting for the Resource Consent approval, work is still taking place. The latest improvements are the installation of the information sign boards at Ration Point, donation boxes at the Lighthouse Cinema and at the Motukaraka Point end of the pathway as well as the sealing of the parking area at the Paekakariki Road end of Grays Road.
As a consequence of reconfirming the 50% partnership with Porirua City Council and the need for the club to raise $1million as its contribution to the next section, a huge effort needs to be put into promotion to lift the profile of the pathway and its benefits to the community, showing the health, education and tourism opportunities. The hope is that this will assist with fundraising, and the committee is pursuing its efforts in seeking funding from environmental and other trusts, as well as supporting fundraising activities like the Pauatahanui Garden Trail to be held on Sunday 29 November 2015 .
General donations from the public are encouraged through the Give A Little function on the Rotary Club website and the donation boxes now installed at each end of the first section of the Pathway.
The positive comments received from walkers whenever Rotarians are working on the pathway shows how popular and appreciated Te Ara Piko is, with over 100 users daily.