Pūhoi to Pākiri

Outcome: Managed access adds value to communities

The Matakana Coastal Trails Trust has made great progress over the last six months through the supporting role provided by Chris Charles. Chris has created a network of contacts within the Council that have helped us move forward with the development of trails. He has also brought a better strategic awareness to the trust about how we need to build our capability into the future.

Graeme Stretch, Chair of the Matakana Coast Trails Trust

Population in the north of Auckland is growing rapidly and will increase further in coming years.

The growing population has a unique opportunity to plan public access for both commuting and recreation prior to building the houses.

The Commission has been working in Partnership with Auckland Council, the Matakana Coast Trail Trust (MCTT), Ngāti Manuhiri as mana whenua and the Department of Conservation to create a network of tracks and trails on the northern boundary of Auckland – from Pūhoi to Pākiri.

Our Programme Manager Chris Charles has helped bring all the parties together, raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to secure public access to land and develop trails.

The project strategy prioritises acquiring easements and other forms of public access on private land, working with landholders and developers before and during the subdivision process, to ensure residents do not miss this unique opportunity.

The existing community has a vision for how they want things to be – in 20 years’ time, once there are tens of thousands of people living in the area, every child should be able to walk, cycle or even horse-ride to school, without having to travel on a road. That is a vision the Commission supports, and this project will help turn it into reality.