Work is under way on the next section of Te Ara Piko, the Pathway around the spectacular Pauatahanui Inlet.
This section will ultimately link Motukaraka Point with the existing Camborne walkway and the popular first section of the walkway between Motukaraka Point and Pauatahanui Village that was completed in 2014.
The pathway is a joint project of Porirua City Council and the Plimmerton Rotary.
Construction for the next stage of the pathway is starting at the Kakaho Stream with a bridge and boardwalk, heading west from the stream, Council landscape architect, Andrew Gray, said, “Work is starting in the middle of the new section, rather than at one or other end, for safety reasons as this is one of the most dangerous stretches of the road for pedestrians.
“There are pedestrians and cyclists already travelling between Motukaraka Point and Camborne and this first stage, when completed, will give them a safer option.”
Warratahs and flags are now in place, marking out where the boardwalk will go. A plant survey has been done to record the vegetation that was in place before the work began.
“The boardwalk has been carefully designed with input from ecologists, ornithologists, coastal engineers and the Department of Conservation,” Mr Gray said.
The next step is geotechnical drilling to establish the depth needed for the boardwalk piles, and then an excavator will start piling.
“The excavator will sit on temporary platforms and slowly make its way across the area, driving in piles, with the boardwalk being constructed behind it as it progresses,” Mr Gray said.
The bridge over the Kakaho stream will be constructed offsite and then craned into place.
Once the middle stage is complete, the next stage will be constructed in 2018 to continue westwards toward Camborne.
The Council has budgeted over $1.4 million for this next section of the project and Plimmerton Rotary is seeking to raise the balance of funds required.
Rotary’s Phillip Reidy said Rotary had been humbled by the community support for the pathway thus far.
“As future stages will be dependent on ongoing fundraising, we hope people continue to get behind this beautiful enhancement to the Inlet. The next fund-raising event for Te Ara Piko is the Pauatahanui Garden Trail on 27 November 2016. Tickets are already selling at a steady rate, demonstrating the strong support for this project.”