Tongariro Times November 2016


Tongariro Times November 2016

Tongariro Times November 2016

AGM Update

Thank you to all those who made this a fantastic weekend!  Man, did we achieve a lot!
We started off with a 'hiss and a roar' at Rongomai Marae (just north of Turangi) on the banks of the Waiotaka River, planting 950 native trees.  This planting morning was a team effort - firstly thanks Warrick and his team from the prison, who prepared the areas for us - weed-eating, planting spots, spraying juvenile willows, transporting and storing carpet squares and bamboo stakes ready for the newly planted trees. 

Secondly, thanks to the eager and willing planters who showed up in 'droves'!  We had approximately 25 PT members and 25 Rongomai hapu!  We [wrongly] estimated that it would take until lunch time to finish the planting, but we 'smashed' it out and were all done and dusted by 11am!! Despite the weather kindly 'watering' the trees planted near the end, it was mainly fine.

The amazing team back at the Rongomai Marae scrambled fast to turn our sausages and bread [kindly donated by Turangi Marine] into an amazing lunch spread for the planters who turned up [extra] early for lunch.  Thank you so much to Les Owens and his fantastic whanau who helped made this such a great start to our AGM weekend!

We then headed up to the Forest and Bird Lodge in Whakapapa Village where we had a very 'busy' and involved AGM meeting where we discussed at length PT's strategic direction and draft plan and updated the society's rules to reflect nowadays language, and align them to current laws.  The intent of the rules is still the same.

Following the meeting we enjoyed a fantastic dinner catered by Michelle of 'Altitude Catering'.  The annual raffle draw for the AGM Adopt a Hectares was hotly contested with wonderful, skillful hand crafted prizes coming from long time PT members Shirley Potter and Frank Katavich (THANK YOU!!).  A quiz of general PT knowledge kept everyone on their toes and our 'new-ish' Kids Greening Taupo Coordinator Thea Depetris wrapped up the evening with a in depth look at where Kids Greening Taupo originated from, and our aspirations for the programme. 

Sunday dawned, and we headed around to the Ngati Rangi /DOC Office in Ohakune for an introduction to the Mangawhero River Trapping programme.  We unintentionally managed to get ourselves slightly involved in the 1080 protest that was happening as we arrived, and we observed an impassioned protest from various members of the community.

Shortly after that we split into 2 groups and walked around the 2 halves of the trapping network, when we returned to a BBQ lunch hosted by the Ohakune DOC rangers.  We then talked about the possibility of PT members signing up to support this trapping programme, and were happily informed that >4 members were keen!

Thank you to all that helped me get this weekend together - I really enjoyed myself, and I hope those who came - did too!  



Dog Kiwi Avoidance Training
Saturday 19th November, Turangi

Do you walk or hunt with your dog in local forests that potentially have kiwi living nearby??  Then this short course is for you!!  Kiwi aversion training helps reduce the number of kiwi killed or disturbed by dogs by teaching them that kiwi are something they should stay away from.

Demand for avian aversion training is growing as more people hear about it.  In some areas (such as the Tongariro District) landowners and DOC will only provide access and hunting permits to people whose dogs have been avian aversion certified.

Bring your dog to the avoidance training day on Saturday 19th November, to Te Rangitukehu St, Turangi, at the end of the road near the pines, on the reserve. Bookings are essential.   Please email Kiri here if you are interested.

The training will take about 10-15 minutes and then the dogs are microchipped so that they can be identified as having received the training. 


Member's Field Trip
Ohakune Old Coach Road Walk
11th - 13th November

Time for a walk and a social occasion?  Please join members Lucy Roberts and Roy & Annette Dench for a weekend in Ohakune, staying at the Serac Ski Club Lodge.

On Saturday the group will walk the Old Coach Road from Horopito to Ohakune.  Car pooling will be arranged on the Friday evening, so the walk will be one-way.  It will be a day walk - about 5 hours including a lunch stop.

On the Sunday the group will be invited to help clearing the Mangawhero river traps bordering the Mountain Road, Ohakune. A potluck dinner is planned for the Saturday night at Serac Ski Lodge, so BYO all food and drinks for the weekend.

For further information and to book, please email Kiri here by Wednesday 9th November.  

A minimum of 5 people will be required for the trip to proceed. 

Upcoming Events
Marshals Needed!

The Goat Adventure Run - Saturday 3rd December 2016


This is a rather brutal (in the nicest possible way of course!) annual running event which has a 20km event course.  The event is incredibly popular with trail runners and adventure seekers all over the country and the capacity field of 600 usually sells out within 24-48 hours of the event entries going on sale.  

Project Tongariro Volunteers traditionally marshal this event and a minimum marshal criteria has been set to ensure that those out marshaling the peripheral marshaling points on course are competent as this is a 'gnarly' event!  

We also need volunteers who are keen to help out at the start (at Whakapapa Ski Area) and the finish (at Turoa Ski Area), finish line helpers and BBQ cooks.  We usually provide a minimum of 16 volunteers. Please email or ring me if interested and I can provide you with further information. Accommodation for Fri & Sat nights is available, as well as a packed lunch for Saturday, and the after-event-prize giving & dinner tickets in Ohakune.

Tussock Traverse - Saturday 28 January 2017

The second event is our very own Tussock Traverse!

Project Tongariro is proudly the ‘charity partner’ for this event and we do exceptionally well out of it!  Project Tongariro provides all the marshals for this event and we have 14 marshal points to fill (approx 28 people) plus more volunteers for jobs such as manning the BBQ, Drinks tent, bus car parking etc.

We believe the ethos of this event resonates with many participants who are drawn to it because it offers not only an alpine adventure run / walk in a World Heritage Area, it also is the opportunity to be involved with an event that gives back to the environment which it is staged in.

This event has been running for 14 years now, and returning marshals have their favorite spots, so if you’ve developed a ‘love’ of a particular spot, let me know soon!!  I’d like to keep everyone happy!!

The course for the Tussock event follows the 'Round the Mt track' starting near the Tukino Ski Field, heading north following the track past Waihohonu Hut and the spectacular Tama Lakes, finishing 26km later at the Grand Chateau, Whakapapa Village.  We provide marshals for all 14 marshal points (28 people) plus more volunteers for jobs such as manning the BBQ, Drinks tent, bus car-parking etc.

The Event crew really look after our volunteer marshals, and accommodation is offered on the Friday and Saturday nights, along with a packed lunch for Saturday and after-function-dinner tickets.  Those who are first time marshals will be required to attend the safety briefing on the Friday evening prior to the event.

Once again - contact me here if you're interested, or can commit now! 


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Posted: Fri 04 Nov 2016

Roel Michels