News about our community pathway project.

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%).

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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!

Go to the online survey now.

Grapevine Article on Pathway

Community Pathway Locality Map

The proposed Moutere Hills Community Pathway is featuring on the cover of the October Grapevine.

Follow this link to read the article which features an extensive update on the current situation and refer to the project page for more detail.

Sign Our Pathway Petition!

We are now collecting signatures from residents in support of our pathway project.

If you have not done so already, be sure to sign one of our petition sheets which can be found locally at the General Store, School Office, Community Centre, Petrol Station and the Pub.

Or you can download the form and help us acquire signatures at additional locations.

Also, if you are a local business or organisation, you can help the project by writing a formal "letter of support". Many local institutions have already done so. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will let you know how to best do this.

An Update from the Pathway Project

Recently, some renewed activity has arisen around the pathway idea, and the MHRA committee is now trying to build a new, more public support case for the project.

We are chatting again to some landowners and are in contact with our Councillors and Council departments to find out more about what can be done. We are in the process of gathering expressions of support for the idea of having a safe walk- and cycle track from local businesses and organisations, and we are planning to collect more feedback from the wider community.

Please note that we are not advocating any particular route for the pathway at this moment. We are investigating several route options - all of which have their difficulties, advantages and disadvantages. We expect the final route to be chosen based input from landowners and Council, feedback from the community, and simple feasibility.

Look at the walkway page for more.

Community Pathway Project Goes 'On Hold'

Following recent deliberations the association committee finds that due to lack of progress the project to create a walkway and cycleway to connect Upper Moutere village and the community centre will be officially put 'on hold' for the time being.

The project had much positive response from the community and landowners during the last two years. But even though there were some promising options at different times we have been unable to establish a truly feasible route for the pathway which would connect all the way through from the community centre to the school or village. Now, with a few committee members moving away or otherwise engaged we simply don't have the resources to follow this up in a meaningful way.

We would like to say thank you again to all landowners who have offered support, and we will wait until new impulses or new developments might lead to the idea being looked at again.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the association.

Pathway Update

Report from our AGM...

Planning and negotiations with landowners are ongoing on this project. We are continuing to focus on the preferred route: west of the highway from the school grounds along the Moutere River and we are still trying to achieve a route for both pedestrians and cyclists.

We would like to point out that where proposed routes are crossing private land all of this is possible only with the genuine support of the landowners - and we are grateful for the support that we have already received.

Some new options have opened up in recent negotiations and we are also in ongoing talks with TDC about how these can be implemented. More updates can be expected once a workable agreement with all concerned landowners is achieved. At that stage we would also begin pricing and fundraising for the project.

Community Pathway - Status

We are currently in the process of finding a suitable route for this project and discussing options with landowners.

See the main article for more details.