MHRA Promotes Footpath Along Moutere Highway - Council Decision Imminent

Following completion of the first short section of footpath, our most important long-term goal as residents association continues to be the creation of a walk and cycle path to connect the Moutere Hills Community Centre to Upper Moutere village.

The MHRA committee recently performed a renewed and detailed review of all the available possible routes for this pathway - taking into consideration such things as total travel distance, construction cost, community preference, deviations, land access, possible hazards, difficulties arising from falling trees, damage from expected flooding along the rivers, maintenance cost, and more.

The committee has found that to achieve the main goal of providing safe access for pedestrians and cyclists from the direction of Kelling Road to Upper Moutere village a footpath directly alongside the Moutere Highway is the best and safest option (and also the most realistically achievable) and the Moutere Hills Residents Association is now promoting this option. As is the case for all other options, various technical difficulties exist for this route, which will need to be resolved in time.

Meanwhile, Tasman District Council and the Engineering Services Committee will meet on Thursday 23 May to make a decision on the district-wide Footpath Project Priorities List, which had been produced and reviewed by the Transportation Department. Our proposed pathway - being the connection from the MHCC to Upper Moutere village - is still the highest-ranking footpath project on this list.

Dovedale Water Scheme Public Meeting

TDC is inviting all users of the Dovedale Rural Water Scheme to a public meeting on

Thursday, 23 May from 7pm at the Moutere Hills Community Centre

The meeting is held with the purpose of providing a question and answer session to address your queries and get some feedback on how scheme users managed during the recent drought.

More detailed financial data on the scheme's operational cost (and debts) is now available and was sent around to all scheme users who have registered their email address.

Be sure to attend the meeting to learn more.

New Footpath MHCC to Country Kids

With many thanks to our supporters: Sarau Trust, our contractors (Hockley Brothers, Chambers & Jackett, Taylors Contracting), Tasman District Council, Moutere Hills Community Centre, Country Kids, and our helpful adjacent landowners for access and storage space.

We Are Building a Footpath!

The Moutere Hills Residents Association will be constructing a section of public footpath alongside the Moutere Highway between the Moutere Hills Community Centre and Country Kids preschool.

  • Work will be carried out in the road reserve between April 17 and April 19.
  • Temporary traffic management will be in place. The road shoulder in this area will be closed during this time and pedestrian access along the road side may be blocked.
  • Normal access to the main entrances of the Community Centre and Country Kids will not be affected.
  • Please stay clear of the construction site at all times, and please inform others to do the same. Apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.

This project is entirely community-funded, and made possible with donations from the Sarau Trust!

Future of the Moutere - Survey Results

More housing, more farming, more roads?

We asked you what you want for the future of the Moutere Hills - here is what you said.

80% of people in the Moutere say the area is a great place to live! About half of the respondents support more housing - the other half doesn't. 50% of residents state that farming and production are at exactly the right level. 80% of people say we need more footpaths and bike paths - nobody wants new roads.