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Helicopter work on Parihaka tracks

This page contains information about the work on Parihaka's walking tracks.
Updated: 18/07/2018 11:04 a.m.

There was a bit of a buzz in the air above Parihaka last week as 120 helicopter flights lifted in gravel and other materials to refurbish tracks and took away old stairs and surplus material. 

This was part of a $451,000 project to improve the park’s Drummond, Dobbie and Ross Tracks, which are very popular with walkers and runners. 

The drainage and surfaces were improved, box steps were installed and the tracks were widened and levelled by contractors Plant Pro & Sons. 

Ross Track is expected to be completed within the next week. Drummond and Dobbie Tracks will be open again after today.

Working on a site that is of such cultural significance (Parihaka was, if not the largest pā in New Zealand, then certainly one of the largest) required consultation with hapu of the area, Ngāti Kahu O Torongare, archeological assessments, and permission from Heritage New Zealand (HNZ) for authority to carry out the work, along with resource consents.  



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