Tongariro Times September 2011

Tongariro Times September 2011

Invitation to all our Local Members and Supporters

Project Tongariro is hosting four information evenings where we will be formally launching our new brand identity and presenting local businesses with the opportunity to become actively involved by partnering with us in the ongoing conservation projects we undertake in Tongariro National Park.  If you would like to come along to any of these local business evenings or know of a local business owner that might be interested, please feel free to join us.  The topics for the evenings are:

• Project Tongariro - the new name of Tongariro Natural History Society
• Official launch of Adopt a Hectare - Restoring Rotopounamu
• Sneak Preview of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing SmartPhone App
• Opportunities for local businesses to partner with Project Tongariro

Monday 19 September 2011 - Turangi Business After 5 @ Department of Conservation 5pm

Wednesday 21 September 2011 - @ The Clean Energy Centre 7.30pm

Thursday 29 September 2011 - @ The Park Travellers Lodge 7.30pm

Tuesday 4 October 2011 - @ The Powderhorn Chateau 7.30pm

Waiotaka Wetland Planting - 25 September 2011


Calling All Volunteers - Planting Day scheduled for Sunday 25 September at Waiotaka Wetland.  This is an important part of our ongoing work and commitment in Waimarino and Waiotaka Wetlands which are part of the greater Te Matapuna o Taupo Moana Wetland located in southern Lake Taupo.  Family and kid friendly activity! (with supervision)

Start time : 10am
Meet at the Waimarino River Bridge Carpark, just off SH 1, south of Motuoapa.

Equipment needed:
Spade - if you have one (we will have a few spares)
Drinking water / thermos
Sturdy footwear


Great Day Out on the Slopes of Whakapapa Ski Area

We had a great ski day with friends from Project Tongariro. Harry & Karen from Taupo, Margi & Giselle from Auckland, Rosie from Whakapapa, Tim & Ewan from Raurimu, and Inga from Taumarunui.   We met at the water cooler in Knoll Ridge Cafe as planned then cruised the ski area from east to west - from Backstage to Black Magic.  Excellent spring skiing.  The Ruapehu Ski Club gave us the key to Glacier Hut (Hut Flat) so we could go inside the first ski hut on the mountain - built in 1923. So cute!

Project Tongariro Seeks Excellent Photos


Project Tongariro is preparing to reprint Volcanoes of the South Wind (a field guide to the volcanoes and landscape of Tongariro National Park). In particular, we are after a new cover photograph to differentiate the new edition from previous versions. This must show a general view of the volcanoes – preferably a summer view to showoff the geology but an excellent winter view would be considered.  We are also looking for photos to illustrate another project focusing on the Tongariro Crossing. If you would like to contribute some EXCELLENT images to assist us – please rename each photo you contribute with your full name so Karen can track each photo. Also provide your full contact details.  Email photos to or post a disk to Karen Williams, 10 Waihora Street, Taupo.  All images used in Volcanoes of the South Wind will be credited and a complimentary copy of the book posted to you.  If we wish to use any other images for any additional project Karen will make contact with you prior to publication.  Any inquires phone Karen on 0274 915 859

AGM & Kaimanawa Wild Horse Country Member Field Trip

Join us for Project Tongariro's 27th AGM to be held 8 October 2011 at 10am at the Forest and Bird Lodge in Whakapapa Village.

Forest and Bird has kindly offered the new lodge as a venue for the upcoming AGM and have offered members' rates for accommodation.  Make a weekend of it and participate in the planned activities including the exciting member field trip to the Kaimanawa Wild Horse Country on Sunday 9th October.

10 am              AGM
1 pm to 3 pm    Volunteer Activity - Whakapapa Alpine Garden Weeding
5 pm                Pre Dinner drinks at Forest and Bird Lodge (BYO)
6.30 pm           Dinner catered by National Park School
7.30 pm           Guest Speaker - Dr Harry Keys
                       'Erebus Volcano - Science, Adventure & Romance'

2 nights accommodation including dinner - $90 per person
1 night accommodation including dinner - $60 per person
Dinner only - $30 per person

Bring your own sleeping bag, pillow case, towel, toilet gear.  BYO breakfasts and lunches.  Tea, coffee, milk and pre-dinner nibbles provided.  Note: 32 beds only.

Kaimanawa Wild Horse Country Member Field Trip - Sunday 9th October

We invite you to join us on a special journey into the back country of the Kaimanawa Mountain Range.  Normally inaccessible to the public, Project Tongariro executive member Peter McNaughton has gained access across Army land from Waiouru to this interesting area.  You can expect to see wild horses, shub/tussocklands and unusual landscapes.  On a good day, the views are excellent!

$20 per person
40 people max or 8 4WD Vehicles
Meet at 9.30am at Lockheed Martin Workshop within Waiouru Camp.  Drive to the guard box at the entry to the camp, once through the checkpoint turn left to the workshop.

Tour will be 4 to 5 hours.  Bring your lunch.  You will need to book a space.

Contact for more info and to express interest.

Robert Swan, OBE: September 23 in Taupo


When: Fri Sept 23 @ 5:00pm
Where: NZ Clean Energy Centre, Napier Hwy at SH1 Taupo bypass
What: Drinks & networking, 5:00 – 5:45pm
Presentation: 5:45 – 6:30pm
Cost: $40:00
(Net proceeds will benefit clean energy education in the Taupo region)

By Thursday Sept 22 to or 021 728 875

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Posted: Fri 16 Sep 2011

Roel Michels