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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A new visitor centre for Te Urewera will mark a new beginning for Tuhoe, says Te Urewera Board chairman Tamati Kruger.   The Wharehou will replace the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre, which is earmarked for demolition, having closed in 2008 after being deemed unsafe.   However, the New Zealand Institute of Architects is appealing for a reprieve for the 40-year-old building on heritage grounds.   Mr Kruger said...

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