A fresh colour and fresh coat of paint for the volunteer kiosk at the Huka Falls car park came about thanks to Dulux donated paint and painters, and locals volunteering their time.
The colour of choice is ‘Huka Falls’ blue from the Dulux Colours of New Zealand range and is part of the ‘Protecting Our Place’ campaign.
DOC and Dulux have entered a partnership where Dulux will provide 45,000 litres of paint and 9,000 litres of woodcare products to DOC over the next three years. This enables DOC to protect its backcountry hut network and other recreational and historic assets.
Conservation Services manager Dave Lumley explains, “This volunteer team and the cost of the paint helped saved DOC Central Plateau hundreds of dollars and freed staff to other tasks”.
Dulux area sales manager Chris Lord pulled a Dulux crew together, including Lynda Pepper, all the way from Auckland, who said, “It’s a bit of a change from the day job” and stayed on to enjoy a weekend in Taupō.
Local painter Ben Marshall of Great Lake Colour Work says, “I bring my visitors to town here and am keen to bring my fishing rod down too”. The local Guthrie Bowen leant a staff member Barry Robertson. Local Hayden Baker came out of retirement to pick up a paint brush again.
J.R. Wade Construction Ltd are currently building the new DOC building next to Waiora House and wanted to donate time back to DOC by lending two staff for two days.
The volunteers who run the kiosk and car park security for the visitors are having fun with the new colour. The volunteers have a busy time with 16,353 cars coming through in March. Rae Cullen says talking to the visitors “Keeps me out of mischief”. Mr Lumley says, “The value of the Craters of the Moon Trust running the kiosk and security is priceless to DOC”.
Volunteer paint crew: Jason Wilder, Ben Marshall, Bryson Turner, Chris Lord, Emma Willson, Hayden Baker and Lynda Pepper