Site clearance work is now underway, with the hut area and new helipad now emerging from the ponga forest. A recent working bee saw the installation of a toilet, a 1000 litre water tank, and a woodshed. The working bee finished earlier than hoped because of one of the recent downpours – the good news is that immediately filled up the water tank !

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

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 tracks are clear, the major treefalls are removed (assisted by DOC) 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.

Four pictures :

1. Hut site looking north to the existing clearing

2. DOC digger in what will be the new helipad clearing

3. Hut site clearance in progress

4. Water tank, toilet, woodshed (in progress)