The good news is that the Far North District Council have completed their consent application procedure, I have signed our copy on behalf of the Kerikeri Walkways Group and we are waiting for the Councils signature.
Living Waters was first and we were second but in the end it is a good document, easy to understand and comply with. as long as you understand the risks to volunteers and do your best to keep them safe.
As many of us as possible will need to attend a Health and Safety session in the near future.
All the staff at FNDC have been extremely helpful and encouraging to make this happen.
The bad news is that DOC have refused again our application despite all the hard work that Ben and Ruben of Vision Consulting Engineers have put in. The reasons for the refusal are these.
At this time the Department of Conservation will not support the development of the Booth’s Wharepuke Farm Track. Reasons for this being;
On the positive side, it is public land and is listed on the Land Information NZ map, the track is walkable and a large number of people are using it and the track is part of DOC's plans for the Kororipo Heritage area.
Its just that we can't improve the surface, plant trees to improve diversity or build a small footbridge.