We are a group of like-minded people from all over New Zealand and beyond who appreciate Tongariro National Park as a special place for its natural, cultural and recreation values.
Our goal is to to introduce people to the park and surrounding natural areas through society and volunteer projects and outings.
We enjoy a special working relationship with the Department of Conservation, who manages the park and other conservation areas in the central North Island. We undertake a number of conservation projects on their behalf using TNHS members, New Zealand and international volunteers.
Join us in helping maintain our beautiful natural resource that is Tongariro National Park.
Kia ora koutou
I have had the pleasure of being a member of the Project Tongariro Executive for over a year now. Like so many others, I have a strong affiliation for the Tongariro area which began at age 11 when my family purchased a holiday home in Turangi. I volunteered as a hut warden in Tongariro National Park where I spent my summer holidays as a 16 year old collecting tickets from smelly trampers. I worked at OPC for a year as a teenager and 10 years of my adult working life with DoC in the Tongariro/Taupo Conservancy, as it was called then.
I now find myself holding the fort as President of Project Tongariro until the AGM in October, with the advent of Paul standing down. This ensures Paul can focus on the management of Project Tongariro without overlapping into the role of Governance as is required on the Executive. As Director of Project Tongariro, Paul will still attend all Executive meetings and have just as much input as he always has and does so well. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Paul on behalf of the Executive members for his time as President. He has done an incredible job leading the organization in a strong direction, providing great leadership, his signature sound judgement, strategic thinking and tireless energy to the staff, volunteers, PT partners and supporters alike.
I am hoping I can do the role justice over the next 6 months. I'm based in Wellington where I work as an Environment & City Planning Manager with Porirua City Council. I have a 4 year old daughter who keeps me on my toes and if I do get a chance to relax you'll find me walking my dog, riding my bike, running, skiing, kite surfing, gardening and I seem to spend a lot of time doing things preschool girls like to do!
I'd like to thank all of you who support and work for Project Tongariro. Without you we wouldn't achieve what we do and for that we are so very grateful. I hope to get out and about and meet you during my time with PT in some way shape or form. Until then...
Ka kite ano
Nicola Etheridge President
Paul Green Past President
Kiri Te Wano - Project Coordinator
Robyn Ellis - Greening Taupo Coordinator
Thea Depetris - Kids Greening Taupo Coordinator
Nick Singer - Technical Advisor (Volunteer)
Ken Horner - Honorary Solicitor (Halliwells, Taranaki)