SOUTHSTAR TRAILS & THE TRACKS
The SOUTHSTAR TRAILS team have being working flat out in the WAITANGI ENDOWMENT FOREST. Their work is a credit to them. They are getting those little diggers into some very tricky places to create amazing rides for us. For those that have seen the trails currently under construction there is much excitement and it is easy to visualise the fun in the months and years to come. Already local (and some not so local) mountain biking experts and enthusiasts have been up to take a look at the work of Southstar first hand and given their seal of approval. There is no doubt that we have the best crew with Southstar Trails, respected masters of their craft. After years of talking and planning, now on the ground they continue to prove their prowess and continue to be fantastic to work with. Thank you SOUTHSTAR – JEFF CARTER, ROHAN ALTON, LLOYD JENKS, SCOTT TAYLOR, RYAN LOVETT, JOHNNY CASH, THOMAS LINDUP. A special mention of thanks to CHARLES PARKER and FULLERS GREAT SIGHTS for donating a trip out on the Bay for the whole Southstar Team. Most of the trail crew have not been here before so it was great for them to get a better understanding of the Bay and also to enjoy a day out after working so hard all week on the hill.
So, two tracks are almost finished – a Grade 2 track and a Grade 4 track. Work continues next on a connector track from the end of these to the Carpark/Trail Hub and also on a fun Cross Country Family Loop track. The pictures are just a taste of what is to come. Please note that the tracks shown above and below are NOT COMPLETE, with compaction, manicuring and fine tuning to be done… but it gives you a good idea.
NZ DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION
We have been working closely with members of the DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION for a number of years now. It is important to acknowledge the significant time and efforts that the local DOC team put in, working with us, to ensure the success of this project. Thank you to ALICE HOSTED, ADRIAN WALKER, STEVE MCMANUS and CHRIS CHARLES for all of their guidance and support. Your time given and commitment shown to the project is highly valued and appreciated.
A request came from Southstar for a truck load of microwave sized rocks for use with some drainage and trail features. Not easy things to come by at the drop of a hat. Huge thanks to NEIL CATES and TRANSFIELD QUARRY for supplying the rock free of charge and also to ANDREW YOUNGER CONTRACTING for the free delivery to site. A request done and dusted in less than 24 hours, for free! Astounding! Also thanks to BAY OF ISLANDS ITM who this week supplied and delivered materials for a track feature FOC too. As ever, amazing support from these three local companies that always get right behind our community. So remember to get behind them. Shop local! It is the support from our community that is making this worthwhile project possible – really making it happen! Love our town.
BEWARE MACHINERY OPERATING – WMBP WORKS INFORMATION WEB PAGE
The crew are now daily operating in the forest, Monday to Friday, 7am-5pm, with some weekend work possible, weather dependant. They are working mainly in the valleys to the east and west of Bledisloe Rd, also starting next week along the southern side of Wairoa Rd, from Manuka Rd towards the Quarry. Beware Machinery Operating – Signage is placed on the roadside to indicate if the crews are working ahead. A new page is up on the Focus Paihia website that will be kept up to date with information regarding Waitangi Mountain Bike Park works. Please click HERE to link to the page.
TRACKS STRICTLY CLOSED – FOR NOW
TRAIL CREW ACCOMMODATION
There have been some significant donations to the project over the past week. The local branch of the Motel Association of New Zealand, BAY OF ISLANDS MANZ, has contributed $5000. This money has been saved by the group over a long period of time and we are very grateful that they have chosen to put this towards the development of the Park. Magnificent! Also $10,000 has been donated by the Business Paihia – Thank you BUSINESS PAIHIA INC! We can not thank all of these groups enough. They are organisations that work together for the betterment of our area. They understandthe initiative and the benefits of this project, proving so by their fantastic contributions. It makes the hard work put in by the volunteer WMBP team, all the more worthwhile, knowing that we have the community behind us. Thank you for this remarkable support.Another amazing donation, was not from an organisation or group, but from local residentsPAUL & SONYA HELLIS, who have personally contributed $10,000 towards the build of the Park. They are keen bikers who also care about seeing our area thrive. Spectacular generosity. Thank you, thank you, thank you! The Keep it Club local funding drive continues, thanks to KAREN YOUNGER. CHRIS WILLIAMS is also working on a number of funding applications. It is hard to put into words the thanks due to ROGER DOLD and SARAH GREENER who have put in endless hours compiling an impressive and significant funding application to NORTHLAND REGIONAL COUNCIL. Thank you to all of the above for your splendid efforts and support.
THE KEEP IT UP CLUB
You can pledge now and pay at the end of January! The Mountain Bike Park is charitable so you will get 33.333% back from the IRD. Huge thanks to all those who those who have already contributed or sent in the form pledging to do so… EDGEWATER PALMS MANAGEMENT, ALOHA SEAVIEW RESORT MOTEL, BAYVIEW MEDICAL CENTRE, BAY OF ISLANDS HOME HOLIDAYS, SWISS CHALET LODGE MOTEL, BAY OF ISLANDS CAMPERVAN PARK, BAYSTAY BED & BREAKFAST, BLUE PACIFIC APARTMENTS, SEABEDS BACKPACKERS, ADMIRALS VIEW LODGE, AVERILL COURT MOTEL, BEACHED AS, BAY CABINZ, OUTRIGGER MOTEL and ALLEGRA HOUSE. See links below to the Economic Benefits Presentation and Funding Form.
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WAITANGI ENDOWMENT FOREST RIDING ETIQUETTE
Link to WAITANGI MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK SAFE RIDING ETIQUETTE