The track itself had been completed some months beforehand, but the "official opening" didn't take place until Sunday afternoon, December 12th, 2004.
As the "Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves" played a significant part in the development of the track, it was only fitting that their spokesman, Fraser Jackson, say a few words before the Mayor, Kerry Prendergast, added a few more words and proceeded to cut the ribbon declaring the track open - although, as indicated earlier, the track had actually been in operation some considerable time already. Those there for the occasion then went for a test drive (so to speak), walking the track from the Brasenose Park end through to Achilles Close - 7-10 minutes one way. They then returned (well, most of them did) for afternoon tea which was laid on back at Brasenose Park.
The pics below show the crowd gathering at the start, the offical speeches (although it does look like the Mayor is singing hers), the cutting of the ribbon, various attendees walking through Redwood Bush to Achilles Close and back again, and participating in afternoon tea. And, as you can see, the sun shone on the whole occasion.