The next regional park development in Auckland Regional Parks network is Te Muri.
Already penciled in for horse access, I've met with Mahurangi Action's Cimino Cole, and attended the AGM of Friends of Regional Parks to provide our support for the proposed Coastal Walkway that will join Mahurangi West, Te Muri and Wenderholm.
While calling it a walkway, there is clear agreement that these parks, and trails are historically accessed by horse, and should remain so. The vision for a bridge to span the Puhoi river, joining Te Muri and Wenderholm
The next action will be formal feedback in early December 2015
Read the Mahurangi Magazine Website here - plenty of links to other artcles on the Coastal Trail
2014-2018 is of course the 100th anniversary of WW1.
As part of the ongoing commemorations there are a number of projects around the country for New Zealand's 10,000 war horses.
The "10,000 Horses" project will update you on all the different projects, promote them to the general public and help fundraise when we can
NZ Horse is proud to celebrate the arrival of the first horses on New Zealand's shores
Annual Expenditure On average survey respondents so far spend just under $13,000 per year per horse (excluding large capital expenses).
Big capital expenses included property, buildings, vehicles and saddlery.
Most respondents who had purchased property did so purely so they could have their horses at home. For horse owners the average property price of $830.000 is only the start; barns and stables were high on the list of improvements with costs running from the simple DIY barn @ $6000, through to $200,000. About 20% of respondents had build an arena on their property, at an average cost of $21,000.
Everyone had purchased saddles and other tack, which averaged $7000 per horse. This figure suddenly looked extremely reasonable when compared to the most common large expenditure, a vehicle. With so few safe roads, and even fewer bridleways in this country it is almost compulsory for a horse owner to also have a horse float or truck to be able to ride, and certainly to compete. Expenditure on vehicles averaged $38,000; this is considered an extremely conservative figure as the survey did not include any respondents
who spent over $100,000 on a vehicle, yet a large new, truck can cost as much as $750,000.
Those without horses still spend up on their passion; averaging $3000 per year on lessons, horse hire and equestrian clothing or accessories.
You can view the full document here >>
We are currently interested in creating trails that allow horses, bikes and walkers to trek from Muriwai to South Head.
The idea is to stimulate the local economies with adventure tourism travellers - stopping along the trail at various points. Locals would also be able to use the trail for recreation and this would hopefully then be able to be extended throughout the region, with further trails linking the following 'hubs' - Helensville <> Wellsford , Helensville <> Pakiri ++
Currently working with Rodney District Council Road Safety Co-ordinator to get a "Share the Roads" type campaign underway in Rodney.
Update: Jan 2010 - Signage was produced and erected around the district in spots heavily used by equestrians. RDC road safety co-ordinator spoke about the campaign on local radio spots.