Volunteer Week

13-20 March 2016

Your help and participation is needed! As noted in the Te Matapuna Journal story we are seeking volunteers to help plant up to 10000 trees in the Te Matapuna wetland.  This is an opportunity for members who live outside the Central North Island and locals to participate.  Join us for a day or two - or for the entire week!  The purpose of this week is to provide an opportunity for members and supporters to:  

  • participate in work projects as a volunteer

  • learn about projects that Project Tongariro and DOC are involved in

  •  visit special and out-of-the-way places

  • participate in conservation presentations on a wide variety of topics including plans to reintroduce weka to Mt Pihanga - Lake Rotopounamu.

  • a chance to enjoy the company and experience of like-minded people.

The main activity for the week where we need the most help is planting at Te Matapuna wetland on Sunday 20th March.  Meet at Stump Bay car park at 8.30am.  Planting will be followed by a BBQ lunch.  See you there!

Volunteer Week - 13-20 March 2016 Schedule




 Min Number
of People

 Sunday 13th March Welcome BBQ

6pm The National Trout Centre

A BBQ meal will be provided.  BYO drinks. 4km’s south of the township of Turangi, on State Highway 1, on the banks of the Tongariro River.

10 people
 Monday 14th March Te Matapuna Wetlands:

Project briefing learning about bird monitoring and predator traps

Planting preparation

Plant releasing (2 hours)
8.30am Meet at the Waimarino river bridge (on SH1, just south of the Motuoapa township)

Nick Singers will introduce the Te Matapuna Wetlands project then lead a walk out to the Motuoapa headland, topics will include trapping and wetland birds

Drive to the Stump Bay carpark where we will have our packed lunch

Planting and releasing at restoration site - Waiotaka ‘A’

Participants will be ferried to this site from the Stump Bay carpark (onsite car parking very limited) approx 2 hours

8 people
 Tuesday 15th March Visit Greening Taupo Project

Visit to Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary which is a kiwi creche and home to a pair of takahe and their chicks Presentation on Kids Greening Taupo project

Visit to Whakaipo Bay including plant releasing at the site
Meet at the Wairakei International Golf & Sanctuary Car park (north of Taupo) at 9.30am

Robyn Ellis and Amanda Jones will give a presentation on the Greening Taupo & the Kids Greening Taupo Projects

Renee Potae - Bio Ranger (or another DOC staff member) will give an overview of Operation Nest Egg programme and how the sanctuary plays its part - possible sighting of the Takahe

Arrange carpooling, then drive out to Whakaipo bay for a packed lunch

Visit the Planting for Legends planting site

Plant releasing approx 2 hours

 10 people
 Wednesday 16th March Te Matapuna Planting (2 hours)

Visit to Tongariro National Trout Centre and Whio enclosure

Briefings on development programme and whio recovery
8.30am Meet at the Stump Bay car park (Frethey Drive, off SH1, just south of Motuapa) from there you will be ferried to the restoration site ‘Waiotaka A’ (very limited parking and dangerous entry/exit)

Staff from Turangi Marine will be joining us and providing a BBQ lunch on-site

After lunch we will move to the Tongariro National Trout Centre, where Biodiversity Ranger Heather Morrison will provide us with a briefing and a visit to the Whio recovery programme being run there

8 people
 Thursday 17th March Visit Lake Rotopounamu Restoration ProjectFly up to the summit to spray the pest plant heather

Weather Dependent
Meet at the DOC workshop 8.30am

Helicopter safety briefing

Fly to the summit

Introduction to the Mt Pihanga - Lake Rotopounamu Forest project

Heather spraying briefing


Fly back down once finished

Other tasks will be organised on the day depending on when the flying is finished

 5 people
 Friday 18th March Weed control Lower Waipakihi Valley Kaimanawa Forest Park including visit to sites of interest on the way. Meet at 8.30am in the car park beside the public toilets - Turangi

Day / safety briefing

Drive to Kaimanawa Forest Park

Undertake weed control and visit sites of interest

 8 people
 Saturday 19th March Waihohonu Historic Hut visit and maintenance Meet at Turangi public toilet carpark at 9am to arrange carpooling to Waihohonu hut road end

9.15am depart, arrive & walk to the hut, undertake tour of new Hut followed by lunch

Walk to historic hut - commence job list

Walk back to cars and return to Turangi

 5 people
 Sunday 20th March Planting Te Matapuna Wetlands (3 hours)

This is the main planting day of this week with 1,100 plants to plant!
Meet at Stump Bay carpark at 8.30am

Help Nick and Shirley lay out plants


BBQ lunch on site
 30 people


●     This programme is and will be flexible due to weather conditions and numbers of participants. 

●     There could be an option for some people to travel to Ohakune to help construct a boardwalk over a wetland.

●     Wet Weather contingency activities include heather spraying near long beach at Lake Rotopounamu and other odd jobs.

●     There can also be flexibility re physical fitness with jobs like plant releasing and planting.

●     Talks or presentations will added to the programme.

●      Accommodation will be arranged for those from out of town and will be subsidized 50% by Project Tongariro.  We will provide food for packed lunches (but you are to prepare them).  PT will also contribute to evening meals ie potluck-dinners.  These will be decided during the week - weather and taste dependent! 

●     When rsvp’ing, please note your dietary requirements.

●     Please RSVP to Kiri Te Wano E: kiri@tongariro.org.nz Ph: 07 3866 499