Excerpt from "The Inlet" - Newsletter for Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet, August 2014
May 28 this year was a significant day for the whole community living in the Pauatahanui catchment. It was opening day for Te Ara Piko – The Meandering Path.
This pathway has been under construction, stage by stage, since 2005 and still has a long way to go before the vision of a complete pathway encircling the Inlet becomes a reality. However a milestone was reached in May of this year when the section between Motukaraka Point and the Pauatahanui village was finally completed and an official celebration could be held.
Opening Day was organised by Plimmerton Rotary to celebrate this achievement. The function was at the Lighthouse Cinema, Pauatahanui. John Wells and Tony Shaw were invited as representatives of GOPI and the pathway was formally opened by Mayor Nick Leggett and Ron Lucas, President of Plimmerton Rotary.
The function included the screening of two short videos. The first was the winning entry in a contest for local schools organised as part of the celebration. It was made by Hayden Smith, a pupil from Samuel Marsden Collegiate, Whitby. The second video was an aerial view of the pathway filmed using a drone designed and flown by Pauatahanui resident Michael Thomson.
The pathway project is a joint development by Plimmerton Rotary and Porirua City Council and GOPI has a policy of supporting the project providing it does not affect the Inlet ecology. The completion of this stage is significant and the result of a great deal of work by Rotary members and Porirua City Council staff.
The pathway had been a major undertaking and our community is very fortunate that Plimmerton Rotary members are so passionate about the Inlet and its environs.