Tongariro Times December 2018

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Tongariro Times December 2018


Get your Christmas adventuring spirit on!

Join us for our annual Mahi Aroha Summer Programme

Family oriented events are the focus of this year’s summer nature programme Mahi Aroha, a community collaboration program aimed at getting people out into nature.

The summer programme has been running for over 50 years and aims to highlight the importance of protecting the natural environment through participation, and inspiring children and adults alike to get involved with conservation.  Except for the Tauranga-Taupo Waterfall Trek, Kid’s Activity Days and Kid Fishing, all other events need no booking! 

Visit for more details. 
We hope you can join in if you’re in the region!

If you're available to volunteer to help out on Kite Day, please email Roel - we'd love your support!

Director's Musings

Year in Retrospect It is great to have new members and supporters join us during the year including having David Easson and Roel Michels join our Executive. Thanks to everyone who has helped us in so many ways during the year.  I was thankful to be able to separate my roles as being involved in day to day operations and being President. It has been fortunate to have Nic Etheridge bring her skills to the role of President allowing me to focus on management of the organisation.  Kiri, Robyn and Thea bring a lot of energy to the organisation and it is amazing how busy they are and how broad their roles have become. I thank them very much for their contributions and support to me and the organisation. We are always looking for volunteers and if there is a way you think you can help us please let us know.

Volunteer Recognition
We are going to hold our annual Volunteer BBQ at the Tongariro National Trout Centre on Saturday 23rd February 2019. As well as local volunteers any one from out of town is invited. It will be a family occasion.  More information will be available closer to the date but mark it in your diaries.

We are delighted to have been able to update our Project TongariroGreening Taupoand Kids Greening Taupo websites.  Special thanks to Kim Manunui for her expertise and others like Roel Michels and staff who have assisted.  Please have a look.   We will also be updating the Predator Free Taupo website on the same look and feel.  We will now focus on sharpening up our Social Media efforts-recognising this is how our Society communicates these days.  As well as being on Facebook we are now live on Instgram as well so if you use Insta head over there and give us a follow -@projecttongariro @greeningtaupo and @kidsgreeningtaupo 

Alpine and Forest Plants of Tongariro National Park - A Field Guide
Karen Grimwade has done a great job in updating this booklet. It is 52 pages A5 very easy to carry into the field and with summer here, it will make your trips into Tongariro National Park more enjoyable!
As a special offer it will be available to members and supporters at a bargain price of $10 at the Tussock event or Volunteer BBQ and at $15 via our website if you want a copy posted to you.  Click here to purchase

Looking forward to the holidays and the upcoming Mahi Aroha Summer Programme- see you out there!

- Paul

Little Brown Kiwi Education Adventure

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by Shirley Potter

Paddy from Little Brown Kiwi Adventure Education had such a great experience with us last year that he approached us with an offer of International student volunteers from Hong Kong in early November.  I jumped at the opportunity as you can imagine and set them to work on a variety of tasks.  Thanks to the success of our Turangi Tongariro community funding application last year, we are now well ‘armed’ with loppers, saws, shovels and weed-killer gel.

The first day we had a group of 24 students for 6 hours.  Their jobs were hand releasing our planting at the end of Tuki St, cut and gel cotoneaster and planting at Rongomai.  Very few of these students had planted a tree or got their hands dirty!  There was much delight when digging holes and they discovered earth worms!

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The next week I had 3 half days with groups of 18 and we repeated the similar tasks. Our weed work was at Stump Bay, mainly broom removal.  It’s amazing how much they enjoyed the cut and gel operation!  Thanks to this group we were able to finish planting over 500 plants at Rongomai that were in need of planting this season.  They were helped along too by the lovely rain we’ve had recently too.

Only one of the group wanted to walk across the river!!

Only one of the group wanted to walk across the river!!

Many thanks to the local volunteers who helped me on each of the days, you know who you are and your help is always greatly appreciated.  And a big thanks to Little Brown Kiwi who donated $700 to Project Tongariro, it will be used to buy plants.  I look forward to working with the group again next year.

15th Anniversary Goat Adventure Run 2018

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by Kiri Te Wano

A massive THANK YOU to our ‘hearty’ volunteer marshalls and BBQ team who keep coming back year after year to support PT at this awesome, iconic event!  Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side this year and the event had to be run on the alternative course based around the Ohakune Mt Road.  BUT, this also meant that we were very lucky to be stationed inside Turoa’s cafe out of the elements!  We powered through 800+ athletes serving them sumptuous ‘goat sausages’ and a specially brewed anniversary IPA beer brewed by Lake Man Brewery.   Thanks also to Jason and the Victory Events team who always produce a world-class event and continue to support Project Tongariro.

Project Tongariro’s Rafting Field Trip and 34th AGM October 2018

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Our 34th AGM weekend kicked off with great excitement!  Garth Oaken (Owner/ Director of Tongariro River Rafting) treated us to a spectacular and special trip down the mighty Tongariro River, celebrating all things whio.  Garth is on the Blue Duck Trust and he proudly showed us around some of the A24 traps he has installed along this special river, while telling us about the Blue Duck Trust’s mission and restoration project.  The rafting was exciting and made all the more special knowing all proceeds from this trip were going towards supporting the Blue Duck Trust.  A snowfall on the mountains earlier that morning made for a chilly trip - but it was topped off nicely by a dip at the Tokaanu Hot Pools.  It was such an invigorating way to start the weekend!

After warming up, we carried on up to the Forest and Bird’s Lodge in Whakapapa Village for our 34th Annual General Meeting.  This meeting went very well and we welcomed two new Executive Board members David Easson and Roel Michels - both from Taupo.  Members also enthusiastically voted to keep Nicola Etheridge on as President.  The evening continued with an excellent annual member’s dinner with guest speakers Matthew Howell from Ngati Hikairo on the hapu’s quest to protect the boundaries of hapu land and the Tongariro Forest (which is a kiwi sanctuary) and Karen Ardin (Ardy) who gave us a wonderful presentation on her recent secondment to Raoul Island.  Sunday saw us rounding off the weekend at Ngati Hikairo’s Otukou marae, where we were hosted around this beautiful, unassuming and isolated mare by Tania Konui and Hoani Toaho.  We then planted 100 trees on the river bank behind the marae before finishing with a BBQ lunch in the whare kai.  This was a wonderful and truly touching experience and a special way to connect with this special palace and it’s proud people.

Tussock Traverse Event
Saturday 26th January 2019

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Have you confirmed your ‘normal’ marshalling spot? Can you help us?  

We’re after a magnificent BBQ team this year - as we’ve been told that this will be the busiest event yet with over 800+ competitors! This popular and iconic event is held on Auckland Anniversary weekend and should you be keen to help us - we can provide you with accommodation, a packed lunch for Saturday and a post-event buffet style dinner! This is always a popular event with members and supporters alike - so get in quick to confirm your participation.  Email Paul here.

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Kiri Te Wano
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PO Box 238, Turangi 3353
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