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New boardwalk for Pouakai Tarns

A section of the new boardwalk crossing Ahukawakawa wetland

A new phase of construction has begun on the Taranaki Crossing.

The work will see new sections of boardwalk installed between Pouakai Hut and Pouakai Tarns, and across the Ahukawakawa wetland.

The boardwalk will replace the existing track, which is deteriorating.

DOC’s Gareth Hopkins said work is progressing well, and a significant stretch of the boardwalk has been completed on the Ahukawakawa wetland.

Greg Hafoka, managing director for Milton and Harward Construction Limited said recruiting local people has been a focus of the project.

“When we tendered for this work, we undertook to try and recruit local iwi members to provide work opportunities for unemployed people, as well as adding to their skills,” he said.

“We are especially excited to have these iwi members on our team because caring for the maunga is an enriching spiritual experience, too. They are contributing to a legacy of care and community amenity that will be there for many years to come.”

The Taranaki Crossing project is supported by a $13 million Government investment and $4.9 million of funding from DOC.

Visitors are urged to be mindful of the construction work and follow diversions.