Council plans to cement history in new pathway

Have a story to tell about the district that you’d like to see cemented into the new Hurunui Pathway?

 The Hurunui District Council is looking for up to thirteen ‘stories’, to inlay into narration stations beside the new footpath to be known as the ‘Hurunui Pathway’ that will run in front of Chamberlain Park to Bank Street along Carters Road .

 The stories will be installed during the town centre upgrades. A ‘story’ does not have to be in words, it can be a design, pattern, picture or sculpture.

 Senior Policy Planner, Rachel McClung says the stories should reflect elements of our past that may also have helped shape who we are or where we are today.

“What we’re hoping to do is relay some of our significant memories to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, as they wander through town.

 “It’s not just about marking moments in our past, but where one of the stories takes a readers interest, it would be nice to think they might want to stop and further explore the story in more detail, in whatever part of our district it originated from.”

 Each narration station will be set by a seat or under a tree so people can stop, enjoy and reflect.

 It’s thought about half the stories chosen for the pathway will relate to Amberley and half to the rest of the district.

 Suggestions to date include: the story of the ghost at the Hurunui pub; recollections of early pioneers who have contributed significantly to the development of the district, or events such as the ewe fairs.

 Rachel McClung says the Council is really keen to get the stories that mean something to the community and is inviting residents to send them in for consideration for inclusion in the Hurunui Pathway. 

 (The chosen stories may need to be edited, but the full versions will be loaded onto the Hurunui Kete at the Amberley Memorial Library for safekeeping.)

 This month the Council let the tender for the upgrading of the town centre to Fulton Hogan.

 They plan to start work at the end of September and have the project completed in time for Christmas. A copy of the work schedule and some plans is on display in the Hurunui Library.

 The town centre upgrade includes not only the new Hurunui Pathway, but also landscaping and seating around Cob Cottage, and landscaping at both the northern and southern entries to the town, including new signage.

 The public is invited to send in their ‘stories’ to: Hurunui Pathway story, PO Box 13, Amberley 7410 or drop them at any service centre or library, attention Rachel McClung.


For further information contact:                

Rachel McClung

Senior Policy Planner

Hurunui District Council

03 314 8816