Moutere Hills Community Pathway

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.

GOALS

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
  • where off-road routes can be found, this will create 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.

HISTORY

Read here about the history of the project so far: Moutere Hills Community Pathway - The History

FUNDING & MAINTENANCE

It is envisioned that the Moutere Hills Residents Association will raise the majority of funds required to construct the pathway from donations, private fundraising, and contributions 'in-kind' by the local community.

Following completion, the pathway would become a Council asset, as is the case with comparable walk- and cycle tracks.

STATUS

The residents association is in the process of finding a possible route for the pathway. We are talking to landowners, Council, local businesses and organisations to gather support, and collecting feedback from the wider community.

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.

Follow this link to a Grapevine article which features an extensive update on the current status of the project.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

If you think this would be a valuable addition to our area and would like to show your support for this project then you can do so by

  • becoming a member of the MHRA (see Becoming a Member)
  • providing us with a letter of support if you represent a local business or a local group such as a sports club, youth group, church group, or similar
  • simply leaving us with a comment or your thoughts on the project which we will gather on this website
COMMENTS

"What a great idea. This would be so well used by the wider Moutere community."

A Briggs

"The walkway would mean I could let my children cycle into the village to see their friends without worrying about logging trucks and cars travelling at speed on the highway."

B Sellers

"I regularly cycle between the two places, for both leisure and business and it would be a much safer option if I could do this journey away from cars and trucks."

Nicky McBride
Wheelie Fantastic Cycle Hire & Tours

"I think it's a fantastic idea! As a mum of three pre-schoolers I currently go out walking with the pram in the community we're in. When I visited Upper Moutere I did feel a little concerned that this may be an issue especially when walking between the community centre, kindy and school."

M Grove-Roberts

"To have a community centre effectively accessible only by car is something that should be rectified. We fully support the efforts of the Moutere Hills Residents Association moving the walkway idea forward."

David Watson and Andrew Cole
The Moutere Inn

"A pathway would give the youth of Upper Moutere opportunity for more independence and the MHCC could be a place the young members of this community could actually access by themselves and make use of the facilities offered."

Tessa and Daniel Werner
Community Youth Workers

"Currently there is no safe way for the community to commute between the village and the centre unless they have a car. This stops children, youth and adults from being able to travel between the two locations. The proposed walkway/cycleway will allow people without a car to travel safely between the two."

Pastor Chris Janetzki
St Paul's Lutheran Community Church

"We are fully in support of this project and are happy to support it in any way we can as we believe it will create valuable infrastructure for locals and visitors alike."

Phil Grover
Moutere Hills Community Centre

"The Upper Moutere School Board of Trustees supports your group's endeavours to establish a cycle/walkway between the village and the Community Centre. Last year when we consulted our school community this was a concept that was raised by a considerable number of the parents present and seen as a priority."

Grant Watson
Upper Moutere School

"It will encourage both young and old to walk or cycle to activities on offer at both locations, making it a healthier option for the individuals and also cutting vehicle traffic through the area."

M Lowe

"Neudorf Vineyards fully support the efforts to increase safety when travelling from the village to the recreation centre. It is a valuable step forward for our young  people and we older folk will enjoy strolling in the area without the fear of high speed trucks."

J Finn
Neudorf Vineyards

"The community cannot afford to let this opportunity go. Many of our neighbouring communities are enjoying the significant benefits to the residents and tourists that a cycle asset like the pathway brings."

J McIntyre
Abel Tasman Cycle Challenge

 

"Presently there is no walkway, and it is a real threat to anyone walking or biking. We think this would be a great addition to the community. It would provide safety, convenience and overall a fantastic way to transport kids without needing a car."

"We also have a connection with Country Kids, where we attend the pre-school and help with duties and building friendships with the children there."

Students of Upper Moutere School

"The Trustees of the Sarau Trust unreservedly support the concept of the development of a safe Community Pathway. Particularly our concern is for the safety of children moving from their homes in Kelling Road to and from the local Upper Moutere School. A walkway would undoubtedly enhance the safe movement of local children."

J Leith
Sarau Trust

"We fully support the pathway project as described. It would be advantageous to have players able to access the football domain from Upper Moutere village without the reliance on motorised transport."

K Lattimer
Rangers Football Club

"We have had many guests who either wanted to walk or cycle to the village from Lancewood Villa. They could easily connect to the walkway/cycle way from Kelling Road.  This would be a great asset for the local community and visitors and address serious road safety concerns."

Alastair and Fiona
Lancewood Villa