Mangawhero River Walkway
Ohakune 2000 Inc. was formed by local Ohakune residents to undertake town beautification prior to the Millennium. The results of their efforts can be seen in the revitalised 'downtown' area of the township.
Not content with that several members turned their attention to the unkempt Mangawhero River which flowed out of Tongariro National Park and around the western and southern borders of Ohakune. Like many streams that flow though rural towns it had become overgrown, weed infested and a dumping ground.
Ohakune 2000 members plant the first of many thousands of trees on the second stage of the Mangawhero Walkway
Their dedication and enthusiasm has turned the vision of a few into a community project. The first stage of the project created a walkway alongside the lower portion of the stream after massive clearance of blackberry, gorse and broom. The Atihau Trust which owns farmland on the western side of the stream agreed, at their cost, to move the boundary fence ten metres back from the stream to allow the extension of the walkway.
The walkway is a credit to the town and an example to other small communities faced with similar overgrown rivers and streams.
In 2002 Ohakune 2000 Inc. and in particular Deryck Brown, Jon King and Gerard Bach received a Conservation Award for their community efforts.
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