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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...

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...

Whakatāne District Council advises that the following road will be closed to ordinary vehicular traffic for the purpose of the MotorSport Bay of Plenty Inc - Hill Climb Challenge event.  Matahī Road closed from the intersection at SH30 to 580 Matahī Rd Saturday 27 Aug 2016...

A 40-year-old visitor centre earmarked for demolition in Te Urewera National Park is a unique and increasingly recognised building that deserves to be saved, architects say.   The New Zealand Institute of Architects is appealing for a reprieve for the 1976 Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre.   The building, which was commissioned by the Department of Conservation, was designed by John Scott, a pioneer Maori architect whose...

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