BNZ Teamwork Helping To Build a Pathway
By Michael Parker
Posted: 17 September 2013
The vision and action plan to design and build an approved Pathway (for walkers and cyclists) around the Pauatahanui Inlet was first mooted in 2000 and grew into a Memorandum of Understanding between the Porirua City Council and the Plimmerton Rotary Club which was signed in 2004. The Pathway is called Te Ara Piko Pathway, meaning ‘meandering path’.
The exciting history of the Pathway's progress can be seen here.
The projected cost for the 12 km Pathway was estimated at $10 million. Not only did this mean that it has to be built in incremental steps but also that continuous fundraising has to take place.
One of the ways in which Plimmerton Rotary raise money to help build the Pathway is by turning fallen trees into trailer loads of firewood that are available to the local Community.
In September 2013, the firewood project had some very helpful assistance from a team of four volunteers from the Bank of New Zealand. Working under the BNZ initiated “Closedforgood” volunteer support concept, and working with two Rotarians, they made a useful and very welcome contribution towards the Te Ara Piko Pathway fund.
Their day was spent working on a log-splitter, turning some of the large collection of cut logs into sizes appropriate for burning in domestic fires. The wood they split will be dry and available for sale to local families next winter.
And after all their hard work, a cup of tea was very welcome.
Plimmerton Rotary was very grateful for this hands-on, practical support from the team from “Closedforgood”. They have contributed to developing an important recreational facility for the region.