Dec. 11, 2021, 5:05 p.m.
The security fences surrounding the Kaitaia Pump Track construction site located on Bank St the past four weeks were disassembled and removed on friday afternoon just in time for the weekend as the track was open for business after a small ceremony and karakia/blessing of the track by minister Eru Harawira. Due to the current traffic light system regulations there were only a small number attending the blessing, however, it was open to the public soon after and an opening day was expected to bring many of the community together on Saturday with sausage sizzles, music and a whanau friendly atmosphere.
The pump track was designed by a company in Switzerland that specialise in the design, in addition to that VeloSolutions from Rotorua were contracted to deliver the pump track with lots of Far North business involvement and asphalt and metal sourced from Whangarei.
The track itself cost $270k as part of the Te Hiku Master Plan - Open Spaces Revitalisation Project which is a large project with a $28m budget.
“We applied for that and we were lucky enough to secure $7m of funding” Felicity Foy councilor for the FNDC says, the $7m from the Kānoa Regional Development Fund money that came from central government was prioritised on this project, the Ahipara pump track and three ‘Destination Playgrounds’ that are being completed by February 2022 in Awanui, Allen Bell Drive in Kaitaia and Ahipara. “My heart is so happy for our tamariki”.
Velosolutions are known around the world for delivering these competition-grade pump tracks in collaboration with Redbull and it’s the first time many of the community would have seen them let alone ridden on one. Andrea Panther, project manager for the pump track says “because they’ve built this track, then our tracks (Kaitaia and Ahipara) can be in those competitions and it’s a timed race, that’s how they do it”.
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