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Written by Te Araroa Trust News   
Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Private landowners have ushered Te Araroa through one of its most difficult sections - a seven kilometre stretch between Matapouri and Ngunguru.

The bush picture above might not look like much, but it's the first Te Araroa clearance for that route. A full construction team will start building the trail over coming months.

Te Araroa's Northern project manager, Fiona Mackenzie, said she now has agreement from every private landholder that the route can come through, though one landholder has still to confirm exactly where.

"This is a very challenging section." said Fiona. "We couldn't link Matapouri and Ngunguru along the coastline - the terrain was very steep and a lot of development had taken place there. Nor could we use the road connection, which is narrow winding and dangerous. We chose to go inland via several public and private forest and bush blocks and paper roads Our negotiations there lasted almost a year, but the support co-operation from neighbours and the landholders has been very encouraging."

It's been a delight to work with so many people who care deeply about our country, and our environment.

"This area is a hub of conservation effort. It's been a delight to work with so many people who care deeply about our country, and our environment. Significant efforts are being made to protect kiwi in this area, and consequently no dogs will be allowed on this leg of the trail."

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