Without the access created by Te Awa, many of the initiatives aimed at cleaning the River would not be possible
- We have engaged with local schools under the “Trees for Survival” programme to initiate a number of planting days.
- We have partnered with the Waikato River Care Trust on planting initiatives near Ngaruwahia.
- The legal easements being secured over riparian land effectively returns private land to community ownership, thus enabling a range of River and Riverbank restoration projects to proceed uninhibited.
Te Awa is envisaged as a true community asset; easy, accessible, multi-purpose & free.
When Te Awa is complete, commuters in the Waikato surrounds especially those in close proximity to Cambridge and Hamilton will be able to cycle to work and to events, enabling exercise to be integrated into their daily lives and easing congestion and pollution.
Part of the Te Awa ride is to bring people to the River and educate them about the River through communication strategies. The ride will be the catalyst for educating the community about the degraded state of the River.
Estimates show nearly 150,000 will benefit from Te Awa each year
Significant positive economic benefits will result from the development of Te Awa.Beyond the employment being created during the construction phase, it will help to sell this region as a vibrant and important tourism destination, potentially bringing an increase of over $19m annually in tourism expenditure.
Local events are already benefiting from Te Awa – with the TriMaori Festival and Perry Outdoor Education Camps making use of the trail. As Te Awa is completed, it is also anticipated that new tourism and commercial opportunities will develop as a result of the new facility including bike hire, accommodation, cafes, tours and events.
Te Awa is interwoven with a rich cultural connection.
It is the aim of Te Awa to recognise and protect waahi tapu and sites of significance and to promote their cultural, spiritual and historic relationship with the Waikato River.
Cultural elements are being celebrated along the route; Te Awa is recognising and protecting waahi tapu and sites of significance to promote their cultural, spiritual and historic relationship with the Waikato River. We have worked closely with Waikato Tainui and its local iwi ngati haua and archeologists to identify and recognise important sites of significance which were previously undiscovered.
of concrete path have been constructed to date
have been opened and are available to use
have been planted along the trail as at July 2015
on average are using the trail each year