Date: 23 October 2009
It has been ten years next month since Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve was established. The Department of Conservation (DOC) are running a photo competition as part of the ten year anniversary celebrations. The theme is Happy 10th Anniversary Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve.
The photo competition is being organised in conjunction with a Family Fun Day being held at the marine reserve on Saturday, 21 November to celebrate the 10th anniversary.
The reserve was established in 1999 as the result of a joint application by local iwi Ngati Konohi and DOC. Now ten years later, the benefits are evident, with an abundance and variety of marine life within Te Tapuwae o Rongokako. The reserve has become a community resource for education and over time the public now see the benefits of the marine reserve.
Trudi Ngawhare, Ranger (Community Relations) said the photo competition is open to all members of the public and is an excellent opportunity to showcase the great photographers in our community and at the same time increase community awareness, appreciation and education about the marine reserve.
“The photos do not need to be recent they can be older but must be taken of the reserve or in it. The first prize is two Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk passes for three nights. DOC are grateful for the support of local businesses Briscoes, Bond & Bond, Sun City Pharmacy, Sports World and Business Applications showing that the event is of interest to the local community.” said Trudi Ngawhare.
The prize-giving will be held at the Family Fun Day with all entries on display. A people’s choice award will also be decided by the public. The photo competition entries open this week and close on Thursday, 19 November at 3pm.
Another event planned in the lead up to the celebration is a special screening of the documentary film “The End of the Line” at the Dome Cinema. It is about the impact of overfishing on our oceans which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The screening will take place on Sunday 15 November 2009 at 6pm cost is $10 per ticket with door sales on the day.