Tongariro Times August 2018


Kia ora! Welcome to to the August and winter issue of the Tongariro Times.  Matariki has passed, but we continue to reflect and plan for our upcoming busy summer months, ensuring that those who we come into contact with can realise and embody our mission - inspiring NZ'ers and international visitors to connect physically, emotionally and spiritually with Tongariro National Park and its surrounds.

Director's Musings

I have settled into my role as PT Director.  The Executive made the formal change and I resigned as President when we discussed how there was a very “ blurred” line in my role where I was both Governance and Management for critical responsibilities like finance and health and safety. Reality was I needed to be in one role or the other.

I believe I can help PT more in the management area where I can use my experience to help Kiri, Robyn and Thea in the management of their projects and reporting to the PT Executive. As Director I report to our new President Nic Etheridge who sets my priorities in consultation with the Executive.

I am very pleased we have removed this conflict of interest issue. The intention is that each year the Executive and I will discuss whether we wish my agreement to continue for a further 12 months?  In the long term it is hoped a time will arrive when PT can fund a new Director!

- Paul

Ngati Rongomai and Project Tongariro's Community Planting day

Saturday 29th September
(the 1st Saturday in October school holidays)

Mark it in your calendars - as we NEED you!  

What - 3,300 native plants to be planted in easy-digging, lovely stream-side soil

Where - Near the Rongomai Marae, beside the Waiotaka stream, just north of Turangi (you may have joined us here for plantings previously)

When - Saturday 29th September, starting at 10am.  Keep an eye on our FB page for updates closer to the event.

A well-deserved Sausage Sizzle lunch will be held at the Rongomai Marae


Project Tongariro's 34th Annual General Meeting to be held 4pm, Saturday 13th October 2018 at the Forest and Bird Lodge, Whakapapa Village, Mt Ruapehu

Join us for a weekend of adventure, good mates and for the chance to hear how Project Tongariro is progressing!

The weekend will be kicked off with a morning rafting trip trip, hosted by Tongariro River Rafting and the locally-famous conservationist Garth Oakden.  Two options are available - for the thrill seekers - the white water trip and for those who wish to enjoy the scenery and narration without high heart rates, the family float trip. He has done a fabulous deal for us.  Usually these trips sell for around $180 but for PT members, he is offering the rafting trip at $75 each and all monies will be donated to the Blue Duck Trust!  There are still some spaces left so email me now to secure yours.

The AGM will be held in the afternoon at 4pm, followed by 'Happy Hour' and then as always, a tasty dinner catered for us by Michelle from 'Food with Altitude', followed by guest speakers.  On the Sunday we're planning a morning's planting at Ngati Hikario's marae - Otukou.

To book and pay for your accommodation and your meal for the weekend - please use this link to our website BOOK NOW

Options are:

  • Meal only $34.50 (2 courses - main & dessert, BYO wine/ drinks)

  • 1 Night plus meal $79.50

  • 2 Nights plus meal $124.50

Please reply email should you need further information.

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Alpine and Forest Plants of Tongariro National Park 


This was completed by long-time PT member Karen Grimwade, who very generously gave her time over the space of 2 years - taking photos and researching the plants!!  We are very grateful to her indeed!

The cost for this very handy spiral bound book is just $24 and can be purchased via our website.

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Field Trip
Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre

Account by: Andy Aanensen 

Arriving in the Kaueranga Valley conditions were such that gumboots were the footwear of choice from car to cottage all the time. By 9 Friday night everyone was settled in either Kauri or Cookson cottages. Trip leader Lesley went through the programme for the weekend and also found that our guide Dave Wilton couldn’t attend due to injury. An evening meal and drink was punctuated with laughter and hilarity, before most headed to their bunks...

Follow the link below to read the whole story...


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For further information:
Kiri Te Wano
Project Tongariro Coordinator
PO Box 238, Turangi 3353
p: +64 7 386 6499

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