Mark Inglis Appointed to Hurunui Trails Trust Role
The Hurunui Trails Trust (HTT) is celebrating a big step forward with the appointment of well-known New Zealander Mark Inglis as its new Trails Coordinator.
Between losing his legs at 23 years old and then going on to be the first double amputee to have reached the summit of Mount Everest, Mark has carved out careers as a scientist, a world recognised winemaker, business innovator, trekking guide and a leading international motivator.
In his new role, Mark will be responsible for overseeing HTT projects, coordinating funding applications, and providing guidance to community groups on the funding, design and maintenance of trails.
“I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with the wide range of individual groups that maintain and operate the various trails throughout the district,” says Mark.
“A key focus for me will be implementing the Hurunui Walking & Cycling Strategy adopted by the council last year, alongside HTT’s strategic plan which will provide a new direction for the organisation.”
“A major goal will be highlighting the huge number of opportunities in the Hurunui in order to increase the number of fully accessible trails, and improve the district’s trail network.”
When the council adopted the Hurunui Walking & Cycling Strategy last year, it also formally endorsed HTT as the champion for walking and cycling in the Hurunui. The Trails Coordinator role was established to deliver on this endorsement and further develop the trails network
HTT Chair Jason Fletcher says the Hurunui District has a lot to offer already when it comes to walking and cycling, and Mark’s appointment is only going to enhance our ability to develop new trails for the recreational benefit of our communities.
“I’m really thrilled with the appointment of Mark to the Trails Coordinator role and am looking forward to HTT benefitting from the wealth of experience he brings from multiple walks of life.”
The Trails Coordinator role is part-funded by the council and by grants from the Rātā Foundation.