Tuesday, November 3

Not only but also...

Great progress at the Park this week. Not only did we have Jamie Nicoll knocking up a couple of bridges on Tuesday but we also had nine staff members from the BNZ office in Nelson come out on Wednesday to do their bit to help get us ready for our December 6 Opening.

Jamie put skills learnt working for DOC in Westland to good use for our bridges. Here, he sets out the bearers for one at the very bottom of Flamin' Nora, replacing the dodgy couple of planks that had demanded extra commitment after a long & challenging descent from the top ridge.

While, here, he surveys finished work on another replaced bridge on Shady Lady, for which ITM, Motueka provided timber. A former NZ MTB XC team member, mountain biking remains a big part of Jamie's life. In a few days time he's off to Mexico to take up a contract with a kiwi trail building outfit instructing others in the mysterious arts of outslope and reverse gradients. Then, maybe, the same thing in Portugal? Chile?

I feel for him - it's hard life....

But back in the corporate world, it's not all suits & silk blouses either. BNZ staffers (from R) Dion, David , Jennifer, Sue, David, Kate, Craig & Tim donned their Closed for Good t-shirts and donated a day's labour as part of the bank's nation-wide initiative to encourage community involvement. Aspiring bank-teller Michael Brewer tried to blend in but his bike attire gave him away as a committed 'Kaiteriteri Trackie'. A great day's effort saw the whole 5 kms benched circuit get a good tidy up and it's now looking in perfect condition for a summer full of riding!

Meanwhile, down on the beach, the first of the visitors are beginning to arrive...

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