Carkeek Hut, painted by Dulux
Image: DOC 


Dulux has partnered with DOC to paint and protect backcountry huts and other recreation and historic assets, and to support the Kea Conservation Trust.

Protecting Our Place logo.
Protecting Our Place logo

Tarn Ridge Hut before it was painted.
Tarn Ridge Hut before being painted

Tarn Ridge Hut after it was painted.
Tarn Ridge Hut after being painted

The Department of Conservation and Dulux New Zealand have a three-year partnership to paint and protect DOC huts and other recreation and historic assets, and to support the Kea Conservation Trust.

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Protecting DOC huts

DOC's huts have long provided essential shelter for Kiwi outdoor enthusiasts and international visitors. Situated in a variety of landscapes from alpine to coastal settings these huts are often exposed to New Zealand’s harshest and most extreme weather conditions. They protect visitors who seek shelter, and this partnership helps to protect the huts themselves.

The partnership comes together with a campaign called, 'Protecting Our Place'. It will encourage public interest in painting huts and promoting DOC's hut experiences. It will also provide communities and clubs the opportunity to paint their huts on public conservation land, under a 'Community Contribution' scheme.

The official launch of the partnership took place at Konini Lodge at Dawson Falls, Mt Taranaki on 27 February 2013. Konini Lodge along with Tarn Ridge Hut in the Tararua Forest Park were the first properties to benefit from receiving a paint makeover.

Does your community hut need a lick of paint?

As part of the 'Protecting Our place' partnership, a 'Community Contribution' scheme has been created to provide the opportunity for community and club managed huts on public conservation land to be painted.

Any hut or shelter on public conservation land that is available for public use is eligible for paint under this scheme, though some terms and conditions apply. Find out more about the 'Community Contribution' scheme, or register your community or club hut or shelter.

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See how DOC and Dulux are 'Protecting Our Place' -

Supporting the Kea Conservation Trust

With their distinctive green feathers and cheeky habits, the kea has long added a dash of colour to New Zealand’s wilderness.

As part of the Protecting Our Place partnership, Dulux is contributing $50,000 annually towards the Kea Conservation Trust’s nest monitoring programme. In addition, as part of the 2013 Dulux spring promotion discount offer, $1 from specially marked pails of paint will also go to the Trust.

As a result of Dulux’s support the programme will now be able to be extended to further sites throughout the country like Arthur’s Pass and Hawdon Valley. Find out more about the programme and how you can donate.

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