Issue 4 October 2001
Change of Chairperson
After 2½ years as Facilitator/Chairperson, Tessa Mackenzie has taken time out for an overseas experience with her family. Tessa therefore resigned as chairperson at the A.G.M. handing over the role to Ruth Ordish-Benner who she feels will take Waihi Walkways to the next step of the development process.
Tessa is proud of the achievement the group have made to date and feels the new expanded committee will go far towards fulfilling the Waihi Walkways vision.
Subsequent to the A.G.M., goals have been set for 2001-02 building on the work already being done.
Ruth is keen to increase general awareness of Waihi Walkways and says although there appears to be a lot of public support for the Walkways concept, there are still a number of people who do not know of Waihi Walkways.
There are a variety of education opportunities that Waihi Walkways offer eg: native flora and fauna, and many historically significant sites. These attractions will be a draw-card for tourists coming into the area.
Scout Walkway is well underway with clearing and planting at the Clark Street end.
River Bank Terrace Walkway is also underway with fencing of the southern bank and the first riparian planting underway.
As with Scout Walkway, HELP has engaged the local schools to assist with the planting. Walkways is very pleased that the community is involved in this way and envisages this as an ongoing relationship.
Considerable research material has been assembled about the Waihi Dredging Plant site. Various presentations to the Council for an enlarged reserve area have been largely unsuccessful.
Four archeologists, Rachel Darmody of Historical Places Trust, Phillip Moore, Neville Ritchie and Caroline Phillips have now visited the Waihi Dredging Plant site. They all recommend that the reserve area be enlarged, believing the site to be historically significant. Accordingly, Historic Places Trust is lodging an application for registration of the site as an Historic Area.
Walkways believes this site is also valuable to the larger community and will pose a substantial attraction for tourist interest in the future.
Valder Trust for funding for plantings maintenance.
Trust Waikato for funding of general operation costs and capital purchases.
Waihi Gold Company for newsletter copying.
Eric Coppard and Colin Townsend for research.
Rachel Darmody of Historic Places Trust for expertise.
Phil Moore for help and encouragement.
Wahi Arts Centre and Museum Assn for photographs.
Andrew Jenks and HELP Team for their energy and enthusiasm.
Local school children for nurturing and planting seedlings.
Dates to Note
Planting Day - South Bank, Riverbank Terrace Walkway Wednesday 10 October - start 10.30 am
Also, visit Waihi Walkways display at the War Memorial Hall WEN Volunteer Contribution Expo on 10 October 9.30 . 1.00pm
Committee contact details:
Chairperson: Ruth Ordish-Benner Ph: (07) 863 8600
Secretaries: Owen Morgan Ph: (07) 863 8540
Annette Bowater Ph: (07) 863 8863
Treasurer: John Vinson Ph: (07) 863 9021
Co-ordinator: Eric Lens Ph: (07) 863 7084
Address for correspondence: Waihi Walkways PO Box 241 Waihi
Waihi District Walkways Inc. PO Box 241 Waihi New Zealand
Send e- mail to: Waihi Walkways