Home > News > Archive > 4th October 2005

Waipa wheels behind project

Courtesy of Te Awamutu Courier
Honda ATVMAUNGATAUTARI Ecological Island Trust chief executive Jim Mylchreest (right) and volunteer Tony Rolley (with Chek on bike) take possession of the donated Honda ATV from Peter Glidden Honda manager Peter Bryant. 277051AD

Peter Glidden Honda has joined forces with BlueWing Honda to donate a 500cc Honda ATV to the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust.

Jim Mylchreest, chief executive of the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust, said he was overwhelmed with the generosity of Waipa businesses.

“This project has brought a community together for a common goal and is something that everyone can contribute to.”

Earlier this year Blackwood Yamaha, of Cambridge, discounted a Yamaha Kodiak ATV so that the Cambridge and Te Awamutu Lions could purchase it for the Trust.

Wilksbrooke Motors Ltd of Te Awamutu also heavily discounted a Suzuki 350cc motorbike and later a Mazda Bounty Ute (pictured) after Fountain City Sports Foundation of Cambridge expressed an interest in donating the Mazda to help with the project.

Jim Mylchreest added that “with inspections of the two enclosures and the, ever-increasing, perimeter fence required daily, vehicles are now essential. We need to get volunteers, staff and equipment safely and efficiently to various parts of the mountain. These ATV’s and the Ute are making a huge difference to the number of jobs we can now get done.”

As at September 1, 15.4km of the perimeter fence had been constructed, with the base work finished on a further 5km.

Mountain fencing mission on track

Perimeter and fence
PERIMETER and enclosure fence progress and plans.

The planned perimeter fence around the bush edge of Maungatautari is progressing well as the 20km section that was funded for this year nears completion.

This is great progress, given that many originally viewed the project to fence the mountain as too massive to attempt.

They reckoned without the determination of Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust and the support of the business community, public and district and regional organisations.

The red line on the map at left shows the portion of pest-proof fence already completed, with the yellow line indicating the piece under construction. Work on the strip along the black line will be commenced shortly and these sections are ‘on track’ to be completed by the end of 2005.

Jim Mylchreest, Maungatautari Trust chief executive, says he is delighted with the progress, adding that the Trust is now seeking funding for the remaining section along the northern face of the mountain.

“Once the perimeter fence is completed the pest eradication over the whole mountain will begin, followed by more animal reintroductions,” Mr Mylchreest says.