Kahurangi gateway to be unveiled

The years of work behind Tapawera's Kahurangi Gateway project will come to an end with the unveiling of the carved landmark tomorrow.

The carved a gateway celebrates the community's treasures, from its history to landscape to people. The Tapawera Promotion Association hopes it will attract passing visitors to stop, learn of the region and hopefully, stay and spend.

Association chairman Duncan Wilson said thousands of people drove through Tapawera each summer. "But they usually only stop for an icecream or to use the toilets."

The Brian Flintoff-designed gateway acknowledges the role of Mt Arthur as the community's guardian, the history of gold mining and forestry, today's horticultural industry, the rivers and explorer Thomas Brunner and his guide E Kehu.

Wilson said Tapawera was "coming of age" and the promised cycle trail would be the icing on the cake.

"Once we get people here we can get them to stay."

The Kahurangi Gateway Unity Project will be unveiled at 10am tomorrow.

Meanwhile the community is getting behind the up-coming Boys and Girls Agricultural Club Show, which has picked up the theme of the association's recently-released Explore Tapawera flyer.

Maurice Taylor, 70, climbed aboard a pennyfarthing for the first time in his life on Tuesday and rode, most of the way, from Richmond to Tapawera, calling at Brightwater, Wakefield and Tapawera schools to recite Banjo Paterson's Mulga Bill's Bicycle.

"By which time I'll be totally exhausted," he predicted.

Supported by association member Jo Leyland, who rode on an old delivery bike, also loaned by Richmond's Village Cycles, the pair trailed a support vehicle during their two-wheeled campaign.

Leyland said the ride was a great way to lift Tapawera's profile, promote the planned cycleway and introduce the flyer, which highlights the attractions, activities, cafes, accommodation and services on offer by the community between Belgrove and Woodstock.

Explore Tapawera will have a stall at next month's BAGAC show, which is traditionally a day packed with country fun offering some off-beat events like teddy bear shearing, a duck herding dog and Possum Bourne's rally car.

Organising committee member Ange Eggers is among family members who have also arranged to have Bourne's car to be at the show as a fundraiser for Christchurch's Bone Marrow Cancer Trust. Ange's father Selwyn Krammer was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia last year and the family regularly stayed at the trust's Ranui House.

"For a donation people can sit in the car and have their photo taken, plus we have a raffle - it's a way of giving back to the trust," Ange said.

She said the child-focused show was "like a country version of an A&P show". Entry for children is free to the November 1 show and $4 for adults.

The Nelson Mail