News about our community pathway project.

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!

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.

Moutere Hills Community Pathway - The History

Click here to read our article on the history of our walk- and cycle pathway project so far.

We will be presenting updates on progress and current situation at the upcoming Annual General Meeting.

If you are interested in this project, be sure to come along and show your support.

Community Pathway - Goals

The goal of this project is to create a safe walk and cycle track from the Upper Moutere village centre (school grounds) to the Moutere Hills Community Centre on the Moutere highway.

With this pathway we are trying to provide

  • safe passage for school children travelling on foot or by bike from the school to events at the community centre without being endangered by highway traffic
  • an attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists travelling from the North into the village centre; this could include visitors to events at the community centre proceeding to visit the village
  • an enjoyable and safe trail for a local afternoon walk, a morning run, relaxed rambling, or pushing a pram away from our busy country roads

If this trail can be created with success, it might also open up options to establish further tracks or walkways in our area.

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