A brand new hut at Maropea Forks in the Ruahine Ranges is now available for use following a blessing by by Ngati Hinemanu me Ngati Paki recently.
The hut was a collaboration between the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and the Department of Conservation (DOC). Army Engineers from Linton Camp built the new hut and safely demolished the old hut.
Maropea Forks Hut
Situated in the isolated inner reaches of Ruahine Forest Park, the building of the hut made for a very different experience for the NZDF team. The team was well suited to the task as NZDF builders and medics are trained to work in adverse and varied conditions.
Maropea Forks Hut is part of the core network of visitor assets in the Park and is in a location enjoyed by trampers, hunters and fishers. It is also a territory of the native whio/blue duck.
DOC and NZDF are pleased with the outcome of the project, which replaces an old hut that was suffering from disrepair and, due to changes in the river channel, was positioned precariously close to the river.
Chris Lester, Conservation Partnerships Manager says ‘This has been a very successful partnership that has allowed the Department to achieve more with our resources and provided the NZDF with a valuable training exercise. We look forward to working with NZDF on more projects in the future.’