New reserve boardwalk opens


A new, 100m stretch of boardwalk has been completed and was officially opened in the Tamahere Reserve today.

Councillor Jacqui Church officially opens the new Tamahere Reserve boardwalk with help from Leo Koppens and his grandson Jet.

Waikato District councillor Jacqui Church, who is also chair of the community trust that provided funds for the boardwalk, cut the ribbon to declare it open.

The new boardwalk section, which brings the entire length of long term board walk in the reserve to around 300m, allows close access to the picturesque Mangaone Stream.

Church praised the Tamahere Mangaone Restoration Trust for working for their community to bring it such a worthwhile asset.

The Waikato District Community Wellbeing Trust, chaired by Church, provided a $13,000 grant for the boardwalk.

By restoring the reserve the restoration trust was also providing for future generations, Church said and invited Leo Koppens of the restoration trust and one of his grandsons to cut the ribbon with her.

Trust spokesman Leo Koppens thanked local Gavin Burns for his major contribution in building the challenging boardwalk, which often meant wading in the stream or through thick mud.

He also praised a team of young people, led by Alexander Matthews and aged around 15-years, who manually transported around 20 tonnes of timber across difficult terrain to the work site.

Koppens said the council community development adviser Lianne van den Bemd was a huge help in steering the project through official channels.

Pleased with the new boardwalk are, from left, Willi Hodgson, Russell Gibbs, Cr Rob McGuire, Lianne van den Bemd, Alison Ewing, Ellen Wilson, Jacqui Church, Leo Koppens, Noah, Finn, Jet, and Eileen Bateup

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, members of the Wellbeing Trust, including councillor Rob McGuire and independent member Eileen Bateup, toured the nearly 5ha reserve on Tauwhare Rd.

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