Tongariro Times July 2013

Tongariro Times July 2013

Greening Taupo - The First Greening Taupo Community Planting Day - Saturday 20 July

In partnership with Contact Energy, Greening Taupo’s first Community Planting Day will take place on Saturday 20 July from 11am onwards. There is a contingency date of 27 July if the weather is not suitable.

Contact Energy, as a partner of Greening Taupo, have purchased 5000 plants for the planting day.

Greening Taupo, supported by Contact Energy, The Radio Network and Wairakei Resort Hotel, are planning a great community and family day out; a chance for Taupo residents to participate in the regeneration of Taupo’s native forest for local wildlife.

Come on out; plant 10 trees or plant 100. There will be a yummy sausage sizzle and hot refreshments for your efforts plus activities for kids and  learning opportunities. Bring your gumboots and gardening gloves (the holes are already dug).

With the support of The Enviroschools Foundation we are encouraging local schools to bring out planters. The school that brings the most people will receive 20 native plants from the Taupo Native Plant Nursery for their school grounds.


Join us next door to Riding for Development on Poihipi Rd, at the SH1 end of Poihipi Rd, Taupo. Look for the Greening Taupo & Contact Energy banners and flags at the gate. Listen to Classic Hits for postponement and live updates.

About Greening Taupo

The concept for Greening Taupo arose as a result of vision and discussions between Project Tongariro, the Department of Conservation and Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary.  They believe that a collaborative effort could take conservation to the next level in the Taupo community. The goal is to replicate the intensive conservation work occurring within the Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary into the surrounding community.

The objective of Greening Taupo is to improve the Taupo environment for people and native wildlife. This involves undertaking restoration planting and pest control to create ecological corridors which would allow native birds to flourish. Particular attention will be focused on access routes in and out of Taupo and that will help create a sense of arrival for visitors to Taupo.

Joined by key partners Taupo District Council, Contact Energy, Wairakei Resort, Waikato Regional Council, Taupo Native Plant Nursery, Forest & Bird, Bike Taupo and Huka Honey Hive, Greening Taupo has moved from concept to reality; together we are calling for the entire Taupo community to get behind the initiative.

With collaboration from the community, Greening Taupo can create a sustainable future for our environment for generations to enjoy.

Become a partner or member of Greening Taupo

Partners and members of Greening Taupo have access to:

  • Native plants at heavily reduced prices

  • Traps to reduce predators at cost

  • Advice on what plants are best to source for various environments


  • Bring the family to one of the Greening Taupo Planting days

  • Plant in your own backyard too – we’ll advise on what and when to plant

For further information on Greening Taupo or the upcoming planting day please contact:

Nina Manning
Greening Taupo Coordinator
027 628 8008

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Membership and how you can contribute

As you may be aware Project Tongariro has recently changed the yearly membership subscription.  You now only pay once and you are a member for life and can access a wide range of experiences through our membership field trips (highly recommended) and of course partake in many other conservation projects in and around Tongariro National Park. However, we can hear you asking, “but how can I financially contribute or get involved on a yearly basis?” READ ON!

We have various major projects that Project Tongariro focuses on throughout the year.  These include:

  • The Restoration of Te Matapuna Wetlands (South Taupo Wetlands)

  • Restoring Rotopounamu

  • The Stone Sanctuary

  • Greening Taupo

We will be approaching you from time to time with suggestions and ways you can contribute – either financially or with your time and energy (or both!)

Some options include:

  • Adopt a Hectare at Rotopounamu
    $100 a year helps keep the forest surrounding Rotopounamu pest-free and ensures the ongoing success of one of the oldest restoration projects in NZ.  We care for 587 hectares and have currently ‘adopted’ 118.  Choose a hectare on our website and receive a certificate that acknowledges your contribution and identifies where your hectare is. This costs less than filling the fuel tank in your car…just say’n!  Click here to adopt a hectare.

  • Buy a Plant or Trap
    We are in the process of developing a scheme where you can directly contribute to the projects we undertake by either buying a plant or purchasing a trap.  Stay tuned for more info.

  • Buy a Publication
    Project Tongariro publishes several books and publications.  Any monies generated from the sale of these, assists with the funding of our conservation projects.

  • Planting Days, Open Days and the Nursery
    Project Tongariro aims to plant approximately 5,000 plants a year as part of restoring the Te Matapuna wetlands. These plants are obtained by volunteers collecting locally sourced seed then growing them on in our nursery.  Help is always needed both on planting days and in the Nursery.

  • Marshalling at the three premiere events that are run in our area
    The Goat in December, The Tussock Traverse in January and T42 in May
    We receive a donation for providing our awesome marshalling expertise and a platform to raise awareness of our cause. These are usually run on a weekend day and include accommodation, an excellent packed lunch and a very enjoyable dinner for the volunteers in return for an enjoyable day in the park encouraging and guiding intrepid competitors in the right direction! 

If you are not an esteemed member of Project Tongariro but would like to be, click here. It's $50 for a individual, family, school or group.

Rotopounamu Signs

It is absolutely fantastic to see the new Rotopounamu interpretation signage installed along this popular walkway.  The signs are a joint initiative between Project Tongariro and DOC; they have been designed and installed to tell the story of the Restoring Rotopounamu project that has been underway for 10 years to engage users of the track with the conservation effort in the area.


Remembering Pat Newton
By Paul Green

Many members will be saddened to learn of Pat Newton's death following a long period of illness.  Pat was a stalwart for the Society and any members active on field trips or working parties in the 1990s and early years of this century will remember Pat's participation and in particular her care for others and her great cooking skills. Where Pat went there was usually a carrot or fruit cake or perhaps muffins.

Pat passed away just short of her 86th birthday and was remembered at a private service in Tauranga attended by Annette and Roy Dench and myself.

Pat was born in Upper Hutt on 31 May 1927. In the late 1940s and 1950s she spent a lot of time in England before moving to Palmerston North where she worked at Massey University.  In 1978 she moved to Turangi to join John, who was the Senior Ranger in charge of International training. They were married in 1981 and were resident there until moving to Tauranga in 2005 when Pat was starting to become ill.

Pat was heavily involved in the guiding movement for over 70 years!  Whenever someone was required for a job it was inevitably Pat they turned to.

Members will remember Pat for being a tireless worker.  A very practical person always willing to lend a hand and someone very unselfish and caring.  Her help often came in a very quiet or subtle way.

Our sympathies are with John. Pat will be missed by many.

Notice of AGM

The 2013 Project Tongariro AGM will be held on 12th October 2013 at Whakapapa Village

More details will follow in the next newsletter.


T42 - Volunteers Extraordinaires

The Project Tongariro crew arrived at the bustling Park Travellers Lodge in National Park, where competitors were gathering for a pre-race carbo load and race registration. A marshal briefing was held and bunks were assigned.

The Ruapehu region definitely turned on a great day for everyone involved; the event had record entry numbers across all events. Project Tongariro supplied 15 marshals in total. They were stationed in and around the courses and at the finish line.

Once again, the Total Sport team really looked after the crew. They definitely know how to put on a fantastic event. A huge thank you to everyone that helped out. If you want to get involved again next year please let us know. These events are a great little income stream for Project Tongariro and always provide our members with a unique get-away experience.

Posted: Tue 09 Jul 2013

Roel Michels