Tamahere’s newest walkway, the Violet McKenzie Walkway, was launched in fine style and weather today.
Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson, who cut the ribbon to officially open the pathway between Camdon Place and Birchwood Lane, said it would be the start of more walkways in Tamahere.
That was good news for Tamahere School students who turned out in force in brilliant winter sunshine to welcome the walk and cycle way with words and music.
Renee, who is in her sixth year at Tamahere School, said the path would at last allow her to cycle to school. There were lots of other benefits, she said.
“This new track means it is much safer for me to bike because I only have to bike on Newell Rd, where traffic goes quite fast, for a short time.
“My mum and dad have also been enjoying this new track as now they have a running, walking and cycling circuit to use,” Renee said. “And my dog Mad Maddi Moo loves it as she can be off her leash for longer. I have seen lots of other people enjoying this cool track, too,” Renee added before thanking the council for the path.
Georgie was excited about being able to bike to her friends house with no cars and Brittany and Victoria thought the path would reduce bike accidents and encourage people in the area to get out of their houses and “enjoy what we have in life”.
Budding drummer Ben played a drum solo which ended with a drum roll before Mayor Sanson cut the red ribbon to declare the walkway open. The entire school then streamed along the Violet McKenzie Walkway, named for an adjoining landowner, before heading back to the school grounds.
Also attending the walkway opening were Tamahere councillor Wally Hayes, Tamahere Community Committee chairman Dallas Fisher and committee members Ro Edge and Leo Koppens along with keen walkway users.