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Kihikihi Heritage Trail Nears Completion

Andrew Kay and Maxwell Quirk
Chairman Andrew Kay (left) and committee member Maxwell Quirk with the Heritage Trail sign at the Kihikihi Memorial Hall.

Archived news story from February 2002

After more than two years work, construction of the Kihikihi Heritage Trail is in the final stages.

The Kihikihi Heritage Trail Committee was established in 1999 at the instigation of Tuffy Burchell. Originally chaired by Eric Olsen, the committee met monthly as the project developed. Andrew Kay (pictured) later took over the chairman role, bringing his previous experience with the Te Awamutu Heritage Trail.

There are 17 points of interest on the trail, each accompanied by the familiar green and gold sign. The committee was pleased to find that the signs could be made locally for a better price than the New Plymouth company which normally manufactures them. In addition, these signs are coated in a special graffiti-proof material.

Funding for this trail has come from a variety of sources, in particular Pub Charity from both the Alpha Hotel and Star Tavern. Individual sponsors are named on the signs.

At this stage, two signs are still to be erected, although this is expected to happen very soon. An information pamphlet is due to be published within the next few months and will be available from the Te Awamutu Visitor Information Centre.

To take the Heritage Trail walk, go to the Kihikihi Memorial Hall (next to the bowling club in the main street) and look for the large sign. You can also take our online version of the trail.