Reinstated Haven St opening on Sunday

Moeraki's Haven St will be officially opened on Sunday, six months after the community started repairing damage done by slips which closed it for almost two years.

The street was closed by the Waitaki District Council in August 2013, after a 350m to 400m portion collapsed.

The council put in a detour and was going to keep what was the main route from State Highway 1 into Moeraki closed.

The community would not accept that and last year offered to raise funds and repair the road with voluntary labour, loaned machinery and donated materials.

The council offered $50,000 towards the work.

In February, the project started, managed by Bruce Wheeler.

The North Otago community has financed and contributed more than 3000 hours of voluntary labour. More than $130,000 was raised in donations and pledges.

Up to 20 people at various times work on the road, which has been described as a ''million-dollar job''.

On Sunday, from 2pm at the corner of Haven and David Sts, the road will be officially opened and handed back to the council by the community.

After a blessing by Patrick Tipa from Te Runanga o Moeraki, there will be speeches by Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher, one of the instigators of the project, Bill Pile, and chief executive Michael Ross, followed by Mr Kircher and Waihemo Community Board representative Jane Carlyon cutting a ribbon and declaring the road open.

Mr Wheeler, accompanied by Mr Pile, will then drive over the road in Mr Wheeler's classic Morris.

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