Tongariro Times October 2018


Project Tongariro AGM Weekend

Join us next weekend (13th & 14th October) for a fantastic AGM weekend.  I hope you’ve booked your rafting trip and your accommodation with us - staying at Forest and Bird’s lodge Mt Ruapehu.  We’ve got a busy schedule for Saturday - starting with rafting in the morning, followed by the AGM meeting at 4pm and then a catered dinner followed by guest speakers.  Sunday morning sees us meeting at Ngati Hikairo’s Otukou Marae on the shores of Lake Rotoaira for a joint planting of 100 Manatu (Ribbonwood) then lunch before heading home.

Please click links below:
2018 AGM Report
Financial Statement
2018 AGM Agenda 

If you cannot make the meeting but have some questions/ comments/ requests, please forward them to


Upcoming Events
Your Help Marshalling is Needed

  1. The Goat Adventure Run
    Saturday 1st December 2018

  2. Tussock Traverse
    Saturday 26th January 2019

  3. Ring of Fire - Mt Ruapehu
    Saturday 23 March 2019

These events are a REALLY good way to support Project Tongariro - and get out and about and enjoy our National park.  We provide marshalls for these events and in return for your services on the Saturday you get a wonderful weekend away including accommodation for Friday and Saturday nights, a lunch and a dinner and good company!  First Aid and Tramping experience is a must.  Email if you are interested

Dactylanthus Monitoring
Friday 19th October 2018


Being connected to Project Tongariro sometimes gets you in on some very interesting conservation experiences - and this is one of them!!   We will be seed set monitoring, checking cages, determining gender, re-GPS’ing plants, caging, cage strengthening and spreading seed. There will be two or three groups and Thomas Emmitt, Pureora DOC bio supervisor, will be there as a technical guide and hopefully a local kaumatua to give a cultural perspective.  Email if you are interested.

Wai-o-taka River Planting Day

What a day this was!!  Thank you all to those who joined us last Saturday (29th Sept) to make this a very special day.  We had perfect weather to plant about two thirds of 3,700 plants on the banks of the Wai-o-taka River.  Ngati Rongomai whanau turned up in force and we all enjoyed a BBQ lunch at Rongomai Marae afterwards. Inmates at Tongariro Prison have now finished planting these plants, and continue to plant more in the areas that have been prepared for planting.  As of this year we will have planted 4,000 native eco-sourced trees and by the end of 2020 - approximately 20,000 trees over 5-7 hectares, restoring riparian forest on the banks of the Wai-o-taka River.  Thanks to our funders Waikato Regional Council’s Natural Heritage Fund and Department of Conservation’s Community Funding.  Our partners Department of Corrections for growing and providing the trees and labour for land preparation and planting and Ngati Rongomai whose rohe we are in.  Special mention and thanks to Nick Singers who is project managing this project - in his spare time!


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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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