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Pūhoi River Mouth ferry

Plan b key to realising the magnificence of the Mahurangi Coastal Trail

Exploring a plan-b river-mouth ferry

With a long-term solution calculated to cost $2 million, it is time to consider a plan b. This not to suggest that $2 million is too rich to realise the magnificent potential of…

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Tidal-river-power and the grid

Most public transport in Aotearoa is fossil-fuel powered. But that would not excuse a fossil-fuelled ferry forming a key component of the Mahurangi Coastal Trail. Fortuitously, as described in Minimum Impact 100% River-Powered, a fossil-fuel-free solution...

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Minimum impact 100% river-powered

In one respect, it could not be easier. Build a coastal trail linking three regional parks, all on publicly owned land. However, if it had in fact been easy, it would have happened soon after Mahurangi Action first suggested it, three decades ago. The...

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Criteria for crossing revisited

The principal objective of the Mahurangi Coastal Trail is to provide primary access to Te Muri. , Wenderholm Regional Park receives an estimated 225 362 visitors per year, and Mahurangi Regional Park...

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Te Muri officially car-free forever

If they understood the momentousness of their decision, there was no outward indication. On Tuesday morning, Auckland Council, without discussion, voted to adopt the recommendations of the independent commissioners on Te Muri. Given that between its purchase in 1973...

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Criteria for non-footbridge crossing

  There were good and obvious reasons for considering a footbridge. But there were also a good many reasons why a footbridge across the Pūhoi Estuary, as part of the long-proposed Mahurangi Coastal Trail, was a less-than-optimal solution. Firstly, it would have had to...

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Car-free Te Muri no mirage

The indications were entirely auspicious, even before the wrap-up. Then the commissioners, who had just finished hearing submissions on the future development of Te Muri, outlined the points they expected Auckland Council’s planning officers to cover in further...

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Convince the commissioners and Te Muri car-free forever

Auckland Council and the community are now in accord. Scheduled to be published today, are the council’s recommendations to the commissioners who will effectively determine the future of Te Muri. When the draft management plan was published in November 2015, most of...

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