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Discussions underway for Mauao Base Track repairs

Damage done to the track in 2017.

Tauranga City Council staff have been working through a tender process with contractors as they seek a long-term solution to the slip that buried part of the Base Track in 2017.

The preferred plan is to re-route a 250m section of the track along the beach, where it would be less likely to be affected by slips in future.

Contractors have indicated that the cost of repairing the Base Track under this plan would be significantly higher than the $2.2 million that has been approved by Council.

Staff are exploring options with the contractors to deliver the realigned track more cost-effectively.

Staff will report to a Council meeting on 16 April with detail of the delivery options, including the cost, risk and timing implications.

Deputy Mayor Kelvin Clout says staff would hold further discussions with contractors to see if some of the cost issues could be resolved. In either case, alternatives might have to be considered.

“Mauao is a precious taonga.

“The slip occurred in difficult terrain in a culturally and historically significant area, and it’s important that we ensure the right outcome for the Base Track.”

The 14m-wide slip buried the section of track after ex-Cyclone Debbie hit in April 2017.

Box steps were built up and around the slip to allow walkers and runners to complete a circuit, but these steps are not wheelchair or pram accessible and present a challenge to less-able people.

Under the current plans and timeframe, the repairs would begin later this year, with the new section of track to open sometime next year. This timeframe would be firmed up once the consent and funding process is completed.

As part of the consent process, Council has been working with Heritage New Zealand on a plan to make public the results of any archaeological discoveries at the slip site.

"This is an important place archaeologically and it is really good that a careful process is being followed to ensure disturbance is being kept to a minimum," says Heritage New Zealand senior archaeologist Rachel Darmody.

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AND @ Told You

Posted on 19-02-2019 21:42 | By The Caveman

You can be sure that with Council elections coming up, sitting Councillors will be putting pressure on on Council staff as to making sure that there is NO bad SPENDING publicity in the next few months !!!

Wouldn't it be cheaper

Posted on 19-02-2019 18:55 | By earlybird

to build a wooden bridge structure across the slip site. $2.2 million seems a rediculous amount of money to reroute the track along the beach.

Money

Posted on 19-02-2019 13:20 | By Told you

I’m pleased the council is maybe now taking care of the ratepayers money by carefully considering the various options for the base track, they have made so many bad decisions lately that they realise we won’t except overpriced ventures anymore and they can expect serious criticism from us if they muck up this one.