Sir Peter is Te Muri Crossing cocktail party guest of honour
Self-identifying as a Westie, Distinguished Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, after 21 November, hopefully, will also identify as a Mahu Westie.
Time was running out, and the Mahurangi Coastal Trail Trust was facing the ignominy of sending out invitations to its charity cocktail party at the incomparable Tu Ngutu Villa, sans a guest of honour. However, trading shamelessly on Sir Peter’s Sir Graham ‘Mont’ Liggins connection with Mahurangi West, and some semi-authorised names-dropping, struck gold.
November 21 will be a significant milestone in realising, what is increasingly looking to become, a 60-kilometre Mahurangi Coast trail. The Mahurangi Coastal Trail concept emerged in 1986, at the beginning of the first round fought by the community to preserve the sense of splendid isolation experienced when visiting Te Muri Beach, on foot. Thirty-four years on, the cocktail fundraiser is specifically to get the low-key, mostly mangrove-screened, Te Muri crossing boardwalk and bridge shovel ready.
The design and resource consent preparation is already well underway, the coastal trail trust working closely with Auckland Council and Ngāti Manuhiri. Sir Peter will be tasked with triggering its big, photographic-simulation reveal. While it is to be prayed that, for example, landscape and visual impact will remain at least as important as it is under the Resource Management Act era, it must also be hoped that the financial cost to the community of diligently addressing such requirements, when pursuing public-good projects, will become less exorbitant. Progress on the Mahurangi Coastal Trail can’t be paused in that expectation, hence the $80-per-person cocktail-fundraiser. Fortunately, for many, to be in the company of greatness, receiving Richard Pearson’s legendary Tu Ngutu Villa hospitality, the ticket price will be a steal…
Event Te Muri Crossing charity cocktail party
Guest of honour Distinguished Professor Sir Peter Gluckman
Date 21 November 3–6 pm
Venue Tu Ngutu Villa
Address 106 Ngārewa Drive, Mahurangi West
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