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Monday, January 24, 2011

Neighbourhood Week Event

We finally hosted a Neighbourhood Weekend Event at Haven on Sunday 23 January.

Neighbourhood Week (30 October - 7 November) is supported by the Christchurch City Council Community Boards in order to promote neighbourhood connectedness, social inclusion and safety amongst others. We were grateful to receive assistance from our local community board - Akaroa-Waiwera to allow our event to occur.

Our event was delayed largely due to the fun resultant from the Earthquake, but we got there in the end. Our event was an opportunity to show off what we have been doing to our local neighbourhood, eat some yummy food and spend a bit of time slowing down the encroach of Old Mans Beard. A number (ok all) of our neighbours have politely commented that we have the noxious weed on our land.
Many Hands Make Light Work
Man On A Mission

We are pleased to see so many of the local community come along, get stuck in and have fun.

Kids in the Creek
Attacking the Root

Now that we have the beginnings of access along the creek and this will continue as Dig Days occur during the year, we will be able to slow, halt and then eradicate Old Mans Beard whilst supplementing the native regeneration that is already occurring.
Thank you for coming along, we hope you come back soon.
Ka Kite Ano
Mr Haven

Monday, January 10, 2011

January 2011

Welcome to the first official dig day of 2011!

With everyone returning back to Christchurch wanting to get stuck in to earthquake damage, we couldn't get our normal digger for our January Dig Day. So we experimented with a slightly bigger digger (1.8T) which included a tilt bucket. This is something we were keen to try out on our berms. Feedback from Rotorua says they are just awesome for berms.

The task for the weekend was to find a suitable river crossing and then go back and join up the two tracks. You may recall we found the river didn't turn as early as I predicted and therefore we went straight up the hill to see if we could get round the cliff. Yay for diggers.

Colin was soon tearing it up, completely the corner we finished on last time, building a sweeping traverse between some pines, developed a first cut of the corner leading into the creek and giving us a great approach and crossing over the creek. Whilst it was very hard to pull ourselves away from just keeping on going, we went back to the start of the track and starting there.

First Weekend
Second Weekend
The concept was to build a fun climbing track, relatively flat with good corners, something an intermediate rider can easily accomplish and not be blown at the top of the climb. Ideally the track would be fast and flowy in the opposite direction as well.

I am pleased to say it was a success, with the first three corners being made simply and magically. The next corner was a bit of a mission, finding a large rock seam, in fact it was almost all broken up rock and no soil, it's gong to be tricky to berm this one up! This will require a bit more thought and work next time. From here we climb and have two more corners and Colin managed to link the two tracks up perfectly! We then ran out of time and didn't really have a chance to use the tilt bucket. We will finish the corners and tidy up all the berms throughout the whole track next time, so we can give it a good test then. From memory there will be 20 corners to berm!


1/2 Way
We have managed to get rid of a lot of vegetation, mostly undesirable and have plenty of space to plant natives at the end of summer.

To date Frank'N'Furter is 600m long. It's all rideable right now. Lisa did a fantastic job raking up the track, smoothing and getting rid of overhanging plants and rocks.

3/4 Way
View from the Top

The rest of the park is riding well and it's great to see people out riding and having fun. Come and make use of the park or help out at a Dig Day.

Mr Haven.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Happy New Year and a very welcome discovery!

Welcome to 2011, take that Arthur C. Clarke.
We wish you all the best and that all your dreams become reality for the coming year.

After a hard mornings scrub-cutting clear the last of the overgrown tracks due to the slip earlier in the year, I decided to help ease the stiffening of my aching joints by going for a hoon. It was an inclement day, but the rain was holding off with only a bit of drizzle during the morning.

The Rush was dirty from the Wharfedale, so I broke out Silver, my faithful hardtail. She has been seeing a lot of action round the valley lately. It is superb having the luxury of choosing which horse for which course.

I decided to see how much trail I could do in a loop on just Haven tracks, without any of the extras. To my immense pleasure by the time I got home, I had completed 9.22 kms. w00t!!!

I only repeated a couple of tracks, Chicken Run as it's a connector to the other networks, TearDrop to get back up quickly and it's cornery goodness, and River Track, cos it's just too damn fun to just do once! I also didn't ride a couple of trails, which I guess I should have to go and fix that right now, and see if we can hit the magic 10km mark!

 Thanks to all the trail builders who have helped us to get here, and here's to 2011 where we hope to build another 2-4 kms, and an exciting development!

Just as I was recovering from the sprint finish at Haven, it started to rain, such a perfect end to a superb ride.

The next Dig Day is Saturday, 8th January 2011 from  9.00am. Contact us for details.

Come out for a visit, you can race it, shred it, roam it or just cruise round Haven.

Mr Haven.