4 Oct 2021

Wellington City Councillors to vote on expanding bush track

From Nine To Noon, 9:30 am on 4 October 2021
Te Kopahou Reserve, Wellington

Te Kopahou Reserve, Wellington Photo: wikipedia

Wellington City Councillors will vote next month on a proposal to vastly expand the city's bush track network into the Te Kopahou reserve. It's an area of over one thousand hectares that descends from the southern boundary of Zealandia and Polhill Gully to the south coast.   The proposal will see existing tracks upgraded and new tracks built for walkers, trampers, runners and mountain bikers to go from Aro Valley all the way to the South Coast. The area also contains significant habitat for rare and threatened native species and coastal eco-systems, and some among the 300 submissions made on the plan suggest it ought to be left untouched. Kathryn discusses with Craig Starnes of Brooklyn Track Builders - a volunteer group which, for the last 12 years,  has been building trails, planting trees and assisting with predator trapping in Polhill/Waimapihi Reserve - immediately to the north of Te Kopahou. Also Wellington Mayor Andy Foster