Introduction

The 50th anniversary of the Tongariro summer programme, rebranded as Mahi Aroha: Doing it for Conservation, has now come to a close, leaving great memories and inspiring people to get back out and continue to enjoy the natural treasures of the Central North Island.

Date:  31 January 2014

The Mahi Aroha logo.

Fun tramping, biking and caving in the Central North Island conservation areas was a great way to start the New Year.

The Mahi Aroha: Doing it for Conservation summer programme has now come to a close, leaving great memories and inspiring people to get back out and continue to enjoy our local natural treasures.

The programme included some popular favourites such as Creatures of the Night and the Kaimanawa Wild Horses.

The 50th anniversary programme also introduced some new trips such as trying out the new Great Lake Trail and a sustainable future tour. “Mahi Aroha is not only about encouraging people to explore and learn about conservation, but to also get involved in conservation” explains DOC Outreach and Education Co-ordinator Kerryn Penny.

The Project Tongariro logo. DOC partnered with Project Tongariro to develop and deliver the Mahi Aroha programme.

"It was a great opportunity to explore, learn and have fun with an enthusiastic public, helpers from DOC, community groups including Bike Taupō and the Pukawa Wildlife Trust, and local businesses like the Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary. It was a collaboration of people and organisations with like minded passion for and commitment to conservation in our community.  We are looking forward to the next 50 years of Mahi Aroha”, says Paul Green, President of Project Tongariro.

Mahi Aroha will continue to host local conservation events throughout the year. You can follow us on www.facebook.com/mahiaroha

It was a perfect day for the Waipakihi heli-hike.
It was a perfect day for the Waipakihi heli-hike

Contact

Anna McKnight
Partnership Ranger
King Country Taupō District Office
+64 7 376 2535
amcknight@doc.govt.nz

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