News about our community pathway project.

Moutere Pathway Project - Postponed

Tasman District Council have been working to secure the land required to complete the planned pathway, however unfortunately as of February 2021 have been unable to obtain a section required to complete the work.
As a result Tasman District Council inform us the pathway will not be able to be constructed this year as planned. However they are still committed to the project and aim to progress it in the future.
While this is a disappointing setback we are optimistic a solution can be found in the next year that will allow the project to continue.
Tasman District Council will post an update letter direct to some residents in the next few weeks.

Notes from the Public Footpath Meetings 25 Aug 2020

TDC held two public meetings on 25 August 2020 to present the initial concept for the proposed footpath from Upper Moutere Village to the Community Centre.

TDC's road engineer Graham Rimmer and Transportation Manager Jamie McPherson presented proposal drawings and plans.

Both meetings were well-attended and a lot of overall positive feedback was provided. Our ward councillors were all in attendance, as were the principal of Upper Moutere School and representatives from other local community groups.

Click below for a collection of notes from the meetings, in case you were not able to attend.


Footpath: What About The River Routes?

Prompted by questions at the public footpath consultation meetings, we are here summarising the various considerations and developments with regards to route options along the rivers:


For several years, the Moutere Hills Residents Association (MHRA) had been investigating the possibility to create a pathway between Kelling Road and Supplejack Valley Road alongside the Moutere River, or alternatively along the NZ Company Ditch to the East of the village.

As is the case for the highway route options, public land availability has always been a major limiting factor. Some sections of the river route had been available for the pathway at different times, but at no time was a complete, continuous route available.

See below for all the reasons now supporting the highway route.


TDC Footpath Proposal: Plans, Details, and Options


The TDC transportation department has invested a lot of time and effort investigating possible routes along the highway - including options on both sides, with or without pedestrian crossings, crossings on the open highway and/or inside the village.

The route now proposed is to start right in the village centre from the end of the existing footpath just outside the Upper Moutere Store, then run entirely along the west side of the Moutere Highway down to the Kelling Road intersection and there connect to the existing footpath just outside the Country Kids preschool.

This route has been chosen because it is the only option that entirely avoids any highway crossings, which is an obvious huge safety benefit.

Click on 'read more' to see the proposed maps and more details.


TDC Pathway Proposal and Community Consultation

Tasman District Council has developed a preliminary design for a possible route of the proposed shared pathway between the Moutere Hills Community Centre and Upper Moutere Village.

TDC will hold two public community meetings on one day next week to present the proposal and collect feedback from local residents. The public meetings are:

Tuesday 25 August 2020
Meeting 1 at 11:00am
Meeting 2 at 6:00pm
at the Moutere Hills Community Centre

This is an important event for the development of the pathway, so please be sure to attend and provide your feedback and suggestions.

The Moutere Hills Residents Association (MHRA) is assisting TDC by forwarding the invitations to the community meeting. We are also offering to collect feedback and suggestions from any community members who are unable to attend the meetings, and we will collate any feedback received and forward this to TDC.

Details of the proposed pathway route and maps with several options will be available shortly on the MHRA website. There will also be an online survey to collect feedback prior to the public meetings.

An Update From the Pathway

Last year in May Council elevated the proposed footpath connection from the Moutere Hills Community Centre to Upper Moutere Village running alongside the Moutere Highway to become one of the four next footpath projects to be delivered by Tasman District Council. At that moment, planning for the footpath went over into the hands of the TDC Transportation Department.

Since then the TDC engineers have been busy investigating possible construction options for this footpath. MHRA committee members met with two of TDC's engineers this week to get an update on current developments.


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!