News about our community pathway project.

Council Approves Development of New Footpaths

At a full council meeting on May 23rd, Tasman District's Councillors and staff convened to discuss the list of proposed new footpath projects to be undertaken in the district over the next few years.

Following intensive review and debate and taking into consideration budget limitations, safety priorities, and ranking of projects, Council unanimously approved the proposal brought forward by the engineering department, which is to engage in the design and construction of the four highest ranking footpath projects over the 2019/20 and 2020/21 periods.

The four highest ranking projects are

  1. Moutere Highway - Village to Recreation Centre
  2. Mapua Drive - Higgs Reserve to Residential Area
  3. Lower Queen St - Polytech to Headingly Lane
  4. Motueka River West Bank Road - Old Mill Road to Mickell Road

These four footpaths are to be developed side-by-side as a package, taking into consideration the differing nature and challenges faced in each project.

MHRA welcomes the Council's decision and is looking forward to co-operate with the TDC Transportation Department for design and construction of our local footpath, and of course to working with all landowners who might be affected by the construction.

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.


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!

Upper Moutere Footpaths - New Link to Sunrise Valley Road?

Another project which is among the ten highest ranking footpath proposals in the district is a new sealed footpath from the end of Supplejack Valley Road in the centre of Upper Moutere village to connect to the start of Sunrise Valley Road, about 400m away along the western side of the Moutere Highway.

Following the survey link below, please have your say on this particular footpath link. We will collect all community feedback and forward to TDC.

Click here to see the map of the proposed footpath link.

Click here to take the survey!

TDC Footpath Projects Draft Priority List

TDC is currently reviewing the list of the highest priority footpath projects for the district and is requesting feedback from the communities on all listed projects.

At the absolute top of this list is the Moutere Hills Community Pathway - to connect the Moutere Hills Community Centre to Upper Moutere village.

The Moutere Hills Residents Association is working to move this project forward. We are back on the road talking to landowners, to find the best and most feasible route - which we will then present to Council.

Proposed Footpath Outside MHCC

The MHRA is proposing the construction of a formed footpath for pedestrian and bicycle use along the Moutere Highway between the Moutere Hills Community Centre and the Country Kids Preschool.

We want to create better access to the Community Centre for anybody travelling to the centre by foot or bike from the direction of Kelling Road.

This short section of footpath can also be connected to other possible footpaths or bike paths in the future.

We invite you to have your say on this proposal:

  • Do you support the construction of footpaths like this one?
  • Do you have any concerns to raise or suggestions to make?

Come to the AGM on Wednesday 20 September, 7pm at the Moutere Hills Community Centre to learn more.

Petition Results & Pathway Update

The petition in support of our project to create a public pathway between Upper Moutere village and the Community Centre has now closed - and we have achieved a solid 609 signatures by individuals in support of the project. We would like to thank all who have signed the petition and those who helped distributing the leaflets.

The results from our survey which called for residents to tell us what they see as most important for the pathway are also available and have been compiled in this article.

We have also received some feedback from our (newly elected) ward councillors Anne Turley, Dean McNamara and Tim King as well as Motueka councillor David Ogilvie who have expressed their support for the project. We are looking forward to working more closely with our councillors and TDC departments.

Meanwhile, we are continuing negotiations with individual landowners along possible routes for the pathway. While we still do not have a complete connection between the two locations, our strategy is to secure individual sections of land for public access along any of the possible routes as these become available - with a view to create a continuous corridor in the future.

Pathway Priorities Survey - Results

Following our AGM in September 2016 we conducted a survey among local residents to establish what is seen as the most important aspects of our proposed pathway.

The survey was run by show of hands and paper handout at the AGM, in the local Grapevine, and as an online form on our website. A short summary of the results based on the more than 60 responses follows:

The two clearly established main priorities for any route are that the pathway needs to meet its declared goal of allowing children to walk and cycle safely between the School and the Community Centre (98% of responses see this as Very Important or Desirable), closely followed by the request that any crossings of 100 km/h are to be avoided as much as possible (94% Very Important or Desirable).

The next two items seen as most important are that a focus is given on children walking and cycling safely between Home and School (e.g. from Kelling Road) (95%) and that the pathway connect to the Childcare Centre (Country Kids) (86%).


Take Our Pathway Survey!

You can now take part in our online survey regarding the Moutere Hills Community Pathway.

The purpose of this survey is to determine top priorities for the proposed pathway as seen by the community. This will help us during the planning stage and might influence route-finding.

You can take the online survey here - it only takes one minute.

You can also use this form to indicate whether you can make any contribution to the project such as labour or materials, machine time, or help with planning.

All feedback is much appreciated!