The Kaimai Ridgeway project has finally received the green light from DOC, the local iwi – Ngati Hinerangi, and Matamata Piako District Council to allow the start of construction of a new hut in the southern Kaimai, at the site of the Ngamuwahine Shelter. This has been a long time coming, involving months of discussions and preparation and review o the required documentation.

Site clearance work will be starting very soon to clear the area to the south of the existing clearing where the hut will be built, and further south again for a new helipad that will be used during hut construction and maintenance, and ongoing, will provide a safe landing place for Search and rescue operations.

Construction will continue through the rest of this year, dependent on weather and availability of key people.

The building project will be led by key people from the Bay Of Plenty branch of NZ Deerstalkers, but there will be opportunities also for anyone else to join the work weekends too – watch this space for when these will be.

In the meantime, the regular monthly ATC track clearing working weekends are continuing – for the next few months focused on the tracks in the southern Kaimai, especially ensuring the track is clear, and the worst of the mud patches are suitably dealt with. This will be a chance for Aucklanders to become more familiar with some of the southern tracks that we seldom get to.

Check the ATC calendar for the scheduled dates, but if you are keen to work at other times, that can be arranged too. Contact Tony for more details – Ph 630 2591, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

And continue to check on the Kaimai project on their website http://www.kaimairidgeway.nz/ - and even beter, resgister there to receive Kaimai newsletters.