Members of the Lions Club of Napier Host with DOC Ranger Peter Abbott at the new commemorative seat on Meeanee Quay
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DOC today helped a local Lions club celebrate the organisation’s international centenary.

Date:  30 October 2017 Source:  Contact

Early this morning a seat was placed to mark the occasion by DOC rangers along Meeanee Quay overlooking Pandora Pond.

The seat was paid for by the Lions Club of Napier Host and constructed and installed by local DOC rangers.

Lions Club of Napier Host President Tony Chittenden thanked DOC for working with his team on this project.

"We felt it was important that we worked in tandem with a local environmentally aware organisation and what better choice could there be but the Department of Conservation," he says."The rangers have done a great job in helping us to mark our organisation's 100 years of service."

DOC Napier-Ahuriri operations manager Connie Norgate said it was nice to work with local community partners who funded infrastructure such as this.

The seat cost the club $600 and has had a plaque inlaid reading: "Lions International 100 years Centenary. Donated by Lions Club of Napier Host in association with Department of Conservation 2017."

It is made locally out of hard wearing pine which will silver over the years fitting in with its natural setting.

Further information

  • This long, narrow estuary with its wide range of fresh to salty, shallow to deep, and sandy to muddy habitats supports an extremely diverse range of birds, fish, invertebrates and plant life.
  • Over 70 species of resident and migratory waterbirds use the estuary as a feeding and resting area.
  • Bar-tailed godwits/kuaka, knots and golden plovers migrate here each year from their arctic breeding grounds.
  • Wrybills/ngutu pare, oystercatchers/torea, pied stilts/poaka and royal spoonbills/kotuku-ngutupapa over-winter from their South Island homes.


Sophie Price, Community Ranger
Mobile: +64 27 582 1846

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