Volunteer group in Coromandel
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Introduction

December 2017 - February 2018: Learn about how you can get involved with community projects making a difference in the Coromandel Peninsula.

Upcoming volunteer days

Ice Plant Extermination

When: Thursday 11 January, 10 am - 12 pm
Where: 
Cooks Beach. Meet at the toilets near the sports field on the beach front
Who can come: Everyone, fun for the whole family. Children under 8 must be supervised
What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, drinks, snacks
What's provided: Tools, gloves, water, light refreshments after
Facilities: Toilets located at the beach a short walk from the site
Who's involved: DOC, Cooks Beach Care Group
Work: Removing Ice Plant from the dunes

Tiaki I te whenua

When: Saturday 13 January, 10 am - 12 pm
Where: 
Taputapuatea Spit (near the Boat Club, Whitianga)
Who can come: Everyone, fun for the whole family. Children under 8 must be supervised
What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, drinks, snacks
What's provided: Tools, gloves, water, light refreshments after
Facilities: Toilets are located approx. 1km away at Brophy's Beach
Who's involved: DOC, Nagti Hei, Forest & Bird, Thames-Coromandel District Council, Waikato Regional Council
Work: Removing weed species from the spit

Giant weta in hand
Giant weta held in hand
Image: Natalie Mackenzie ©

Build a wēta hotel and decorate it!

When: Monday 15 January, 10 am
Where:
 Hahei Campground
Who can come: Everyone, great fun for the kids!
What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, drinks, snacks, old clothes you don't mind getting paint on
What's provided: Tools, paints, brushes, glue etc, water
Facilities: Toilets are located on the campground
Who's involved: DOC, kindly supported by Grant Kilby, manager of the Hahei Holiday Resort
Work: Help build wēta hotels and decorate them

Help create a new Nature Trail

When: Thursday 18 January, 9 am
Where: 
Waikawau Bay. Meet at the DOC campground office
Who can come: All welcome!
What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, drinks, snacks
What's provided: Tools, gloves, water, light refreshments at the end
Facilities: Toilets located at the campground
Who's involved: DOC
Work: Help DOC create a new nature trail on this beautiful campground, weeding, vegetation removal, shovelling and laying gravel

Walk and weed

When: Saturday 20 January, 10 am
Where:
 Opera Point Reserve, Whangapoua. Meet at the Opera point carpark, just after the boat ramp
Who can come: All welcome. Reasonable level of fitness required as the track up to the pā is quite steep. Children under 8 must be supervised
What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, drinks, snacks
What's provided: Tools, gloves, water, light refreshments after
Facilities: Toilets located at nearby boat ramp
Who's involved: DOC, Whangapoua Reserves Group
Work: Wander along the track up to the pā and remove weeds as we go

Weed attack

When: Wednesday 24 January, 9 am
Where:
Cathedral Cove. Meet at the car park at the start of the walk. Be prepared to help carry in lightweight equipment needed for the task
Who can come: Reasonable fitness required as the walk is around 1.5km and contains some hilly steep sections. The work will also involve using sharp tools and herbicide gel so not suitable for children under 10 years of age
What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, sturdy footwear (covered feet - no jandals) drinks, snacks
What's provided: Tools, gloves, limited water, light refreshments will be offered back at the carpark once work is completed
Facilities: Toilets located at the main carpark and also down at the beach at Cathedral Cove. Both about 1.5km from work site
Who's involved: DOC, Hahei Reserves Group
Work: Weed removal, woolly nightshade and wattle

Volunteers planting at dunes
Volunteers planting at dunes
Image: DOC

Dig and Dip

When: Friday 26 January, 10 am - 12 pm
Where: Hot Water Beach, Meet at the first carpark (Northern carpark, Domain Road) on the left, before you get to the village
Who can come: Everyone welcome. Children under 8 must be supervised
What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, drinks, snacks
What's provided: Tools, gloves, water and light refreshments for after
Facilities: Toilets are available at the car park
Who's involved: DOC
Work: Removing weed species from the dunes including Agave and Groundsel

Buffalo Taming

When: Saturday 10 February, 10 am - 12 pm
Where:
Buffalo Beach Reserve
Who can come: Anyone
What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, drink, snacks
What's provided: Tools, gloves, water, light refreshments on completion
Facilities: Toilets located nearby on the beachfront
Who's involved: DOC, Jim Dahm-Beach/dune specialist, Thames-Coromandel District Council
Work: Removal of weed species from the newly established dune plants along the reserve

Contact

For more info or to register, email coromandel.community@doc.govt.nz 

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