Wairarapa News : November 2nd 2011
15 WAIRARAPA NEWS, NOVEMBER 2, 2011 NEWS VOTING IN THE REFERENDUM MADE EASY! For some simple tools to help you decide, visit elections.org.nz - or you can call 0800 36 76 56 The second question asks which of four other voting systems you would choose if New Zealand decides to change from MMP. You'll find out more about them at www.elections.org.nz On the Referendum paper, there are two questions to answer. The first is whether you think New Zealand should keep MMP, or change to another voting system. At this year's General Election, there's a referendum on our voting system. So when you go to vote, along with your orange ballot paper for the General Election, you'll get a purple Referendum one too. If we vote for a change of system, Parliament will decide if there is another referendum in 2014 to choose between MMP and the most popular alternative. If we vote to keep MMP, there will be an independent review to assess if there should be any changes to the way it works. Almo's Books Southern Wairarapa's Bookstore 42 High St North - Ca rterton. Ph (06) 379-7103 www.almobooks.co.nz Open 7 Days 20% oﬀ craft books for the month of November 4097754AA Get an early Christmas Present at Wairarapas craft book specialist. G First group enjoys new walk Coastal retreat: From left, Dick and Carmen Tredwell with Emily and Anders Crofoot at the newly rebuilt Wai Ngaio Retreat which will host groups on the new Whareama Coastal Walk. By PIERS FULLER A new fully-catered walk on the Wairarapa's East Coast adds another feather to the region's tourism cap. The Whareama Coastal Walk is a privately run two- day/two-night self-guided walking experience over pri- vate farmland and isolated coastline. The venture's hosts held an open house at the newly rebuilt Wai Ngaio Hut near Otahome last Wednesday night to introduce people to the second night accommo- dation facilities and promote the walk. The Wai Ngaio Retreat is owned by the Crofoot family of Castlepoint Station and has been extensively rebuilt to transform it into comfortable 20-bed lodgings with all the mod cons. The coastal walk was the brainchild of Dick and Car- men Tredwell who have a small farm near Whareama. Inspired by the success of the Tora Coastal Walk further down the coast, the Tredwells knew that the Whareama area also had amazing territory suited to a private trek. They approached Emily and Anders Crofoot about using Wai Ngaio as a base. The Crofoots liked the idea so much they agreed to refurbish the hut which turned into a full rebuild. They had their first group of four walkers go through last week and they were very impressed. The Wai Ngaio Retreat has a colourful history and was a hunting and fishing hut for- merly known as Mockingbird which was used by some inter- esting characters over the years. Castlepoint-based builder Geoff McKee rebuilt Wai Ngaio and Marcus Lee of Masterton Plumbers carried out the plumbing work. Mr McKee says the con- struction job became more involved as they realised the extent of work that would be needed. In the end it was almost completely rebuilt from top to bottom. Wai Ngaio Retreat will also be used as a venue for corpor- ate team-building functions or private parties during the walking off-season. The two-day Whareama Coastal Walk, which has been designed to take people across six different farms includes farm tracks, laneways or fol- lowing fencelines on a one- way well-marked circular track over the rugged coastal country. Whareama is situated between Castlepoint and Riv- ersdale. A minimum of four walkers are required to operate the walk every day during the season, with a maximum group number of 14 people. The first night is spent in the rustic, comfortable Golden Downs Cottage at Whareama. The first day takes people along the meandering Whareama River, over stream crossings, through native bush and poplar trees to the ridge where there are breath- taking photo opportunities. Walkers then make their way down a track onto the beach to the coast then head to Wai Ngaio Retreat through pine trees to where an evening meal awaits. The next day, walkers fol- low a track through the pines, native bush and streams, wandering down from the Wai Ngaio Block belonging to Castlepoint Station and to the Ica Station Yards and caravan in the bush. They continue along the track to come out at the Ica Woolshed, finally heading back to Golden Downs Cot- tage.
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