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An impressive beautifully crafted architecturally designed and thoroughly appropriate new addition to the resources of Tūhoe hapū will soon open its doors on the shores of Lake Waikaremoana. Work on Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana began December 2015 and the $6.5 million build being undertaken by construction company Arrow International, will take 12 months to complete. 

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An impressive beautifully crafted architecturally designed and thoroughly appropriate new addition to the resources of Tūhoe hapū will soon open its doors on the shores of Lake Waikaremoana. Work on Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana began December 2015 and the $6.5 million build being undertaken by construction company Arrow International, will take 12 months to...

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A research project undertaken by a former Trident high school student has produced staggering results when comparing the effectiveness of self-resetting predator kill traps versus traditional single-action traps, currently used in most national conservation efforts. Chantal Lillas, who is completing a diploma of environmental management through Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, conducted  the research project in the Taneatua Forest over 10 days in August. 

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A research project undertaken by a former Trident high school student has produced staggering results when comparing the effectiveness of self-resetting predator kill traps versus traditional single-action traps, currently used in most national conservation efforts. Chantal Lillas, who is completing a diploma of environmental management through Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, conducted  the research project in the Taneatua Forest over...

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Preparations for the planned demolition of the former Aniwaniwa visitor centre at Lake Waikaremoana began yesterday. Yesterday morning a small group, including family members of the late John Scott who designed the building, were taken on site to carry out a farewell. A karakia was held at the site at 5am yesterday by the Waikaremoana Tribal Authority to clear the way for the work to start and for the workers who will be carrying out the demolition over the next six to eight weeks.

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Centre demolition starts

6 September 2016

Preparations for the planned demolition of the former Aniwaniwa visitor centre at Lake Waikaremoana began yesterday. Yesterday morning a small group, including family members of the late John Scott who designed the building, were taken on site to carry out a farewell. A karakia was held at the site at 5am yesterday by the Waikaremoana Tribal Authority to clear the way for the work to start and for the workers who will be carrying out the...

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Media Update

5 September 2016

Work has started at Aniwaniwa

The Department of Conservation has begun the process of dismantling and removing the old Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre this morning.

Late this morning a small group, which included family members of the late John Scott, were taken on site to carry out a farewell with dignity and respect throughout the building, this ceremony included karakia and waiata.

A karakia was held at 5am today by the Waikaremoana Tribal Authority at the site to clear the way for the work to start and also for those workers who will be carrying out the work over the next six to eight weeks.

Work has begun on securing and making the site and building safe for the Auckland company contracted to carry out the work.

A small DOC project team is overseeing the dismantling and are working closely with Te Uru Taumatua who are managing the site and surrounds.

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Media inquiries to:

DOC: Robyn Orchard Communications Manager (Acting) 0274761769

Tūhoe - Te Uru Taumatua Waikare Kruger 07 312 9659

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Media Update 5 September 2016 Work has started at Aniwaniwa The Department of Conservation has begun the process of dismantling and removing the old Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre this morning. Late this morning a small group, which included family members of the late John Scott, were taken on site to carry out a farewell with dignity and respect throughout the building, this ceremony included karakia and waiata. A karakia was held at 5am...

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Media release

2 September 2016

Old Visitor Centre to be dismantled

The Department of Conservation begins the dismantling and removal of the old Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre next week.

DOC Operations Director Meirene Hardy-Birch says DOC has considered all practical options for the old building since it was condemned by the Wairoa District Council, vacated and closed in 2008.

“This has been a difficult decision as so many parties have an interest in the building.  We have had to balance those interests and it hasn’t been easy.

The 41-year-old building had weather tightness and stability issues for many years. Prior to its closure in 2008 the Department spent a substantial amount of money trying to maintain the building including re-roofing and re-cladding it, which was unsuccessful.

The 2010 estimated cost to bring the building up to current building standards and refit it for use was around $3m.

“We have explored a number of options over the years. We even sought proposals from parties interested in repurposing the building without success.”

The Department is now working with the Te Urewera Board and Ngai Tūhoe to enact the spirit of the Te Urewera settlement.

We are also working with Ngai Tūhoe in Te Urewera to ensure the spirt of the old building is bought into the new Wharehou currently under construction.

DOC have all the appropriate permits to dismantle the building, Hardy-Birch said.

Dismantling of the John Scott designed and DOC owned building at Waikaremoana marks a new era of visitor experience at Waikaremoana.

Some architects have opposed the move, as they are concerned for the legacy of the acclaimed architect of the building John Scott.

Chairman of the Waikaremoana Tribal Authority Lance Rurehe, respects these views but is equally determined to truly reflect a tangata whenua personality to enable a genuine Te Urewera Waikaremoana visitor experience.  “Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana is merely that beginning.”

The Department is working with Te Uru Taumatua on the proposed development of a new Te Wharehou o Waikaremoana, with visitor information, located at Home Bay adjacent to the Waikaremoana Holiday Park.

Tūhoe and the Department of Conservation have partnered on the new development, with Tūhoe requiring a lake side location and setting to house heritage and visitor information, café, and overall connectedness to landscape, nature, lake, history, community and tangata whenua.  A place for the whole whanau.

Chair of Te Urewera Board and Tūhoe - Te Uru Taumatua Tāmati Kruger said: “The Tūhoe investment into the new build exceeded that of DOC’s as a feature of Tūhoe leadership and influence in the new Tribal owned Visitor Centre. Or put another way, as designers of the new build Waikaremoana people will be free to express their world in the unique way they choose to do that.”

“Timber from the old visitor centre will be used in the new Wharehou. This will be a foundation upon which the visitors will come, and collaboration will occur.  We all have a wish for the collective memory or wairua forged from relationships that have occurred through the old whare as an endowment in the new Wharehou,” he said.     

An Auckland company will start the process of making the site and building safe on Monday September 5 before dismantling begins. The cost of dismantling the building, transferring the timber, removing, salvaging and disposing of any material at an approved landfill, and restoration of the site will cost around $180k.

–Ends–

Media inquiries to:

DOC: Communications Manager (Acting) Robyn Orchard 0274761769 or

Tūhoe - Te Uru Taumatua Waikare Kruger 07 312 9659

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Media release 2 September 2016 Old Visitor Centre to be dismantled The Department of Conservation begins the dismantling and removal of the old Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre next week. DOC Operations Director Meirene Hardy-Birch says DOC has considered all practical options for the old building since it was condemned by the Wairoa District Council, vacated and closed in 2008. “This has been a difficult decision as so many parties have an...

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To change people's perspective of the SPCA, on this Sunday 28 August. The organisation will host a day in Rūātoki to promote awareness about care  and protection of animals. The day starts at 9am at Tūhoe Park. People are encouraged to bring their sick animals for a free basic health check that includes flea and worm treatment.

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Animal day for Rūātoki

26 August 2016

To change people's perspective of the SPCA, on this Sunday 28 August. The organisation will host a day in Rūātoki to promote awareness about care  and protection of animals. The day starts at 9am at Tūhoe Park. People are encouraged to bring their sick animals for a free basic health check that includes flea and worm...

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