Trust seeks donors with great taste to help finish off trail

MICHELLE SUTTON
Last updated 13:00 22/11/2012

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The Tasman Great Taste Trail needs the public to put their money where their mouths are.

Yesterday, the Nelson Tasman Cycle Trails Trust set out the progress to date on the 173-kilometre trail, saying more money was needed to complete the trail to Grade 1-2, or family-friendly standard.

The trail runs from Nelson to Richmond with loops to include Brightwater, Wakefield, Kohatu, Motueka Valley, Motueka and Mapua.

Nelson to Wakefield and Higgins Rd are open while the Nelson to Mapua section is due to be finished by Christmas Day.

However, trust chairwoman Gillian Wratt said further funding was needed on top of the major finance already received - $4 million from the Tasman District Council, $2.6m from the Ministry of Economic Development, $150,000 from the Ministry of Economic Development, $92,480 from the Nelson City Council and $17,000 in funding grants.

Ms Wratt said sponsorship of $2000 to $20,000, which could be pledged over four years, was needed from the community.

The trust aimed to attract another $800,000 in the next eight months to get stage two, Mapua to Kaiteriteri, to a grade 1-2 standard. It was scheduled to be finished in July next year.

The donated money would entitle the individual or business to their own section of the virtual trail - from $20 per metre to $20,000 per kilometre.

Ms Wratt encouraged donors to join the "1K" club by giving $20,000. The trust was willing erect something like a sign or a seat to give the donor permanent recognition. Companies that had already joined the 1K club were the Sprig and Fern, Nelmac, Nelson Airport and the Economic Development Agency.

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