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Introduction

2018 dates Come along to help DOC rangers and community groups enhance local gems in Rotorua.

When

Monthly. Check specific dates and contact the DOC office for more details.

Description

Rangers from Rotorua invite you to join our monthly volunteer days. The activities and the location will vary from month to month. 

As well as helping out DOC rangers and community groups, you'll also get to learn about the history of the project area, go on a walk, or even catch a glimpse of some of the amazing wildlife.

What to expect

Volunteers may find themselves tackling invastive weeds, helping with pest control, planting trees, or listening to recordings to try and pick out kiwi calls. Some tasks may be physically demanding.

You should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the task.

Transport may be provided – check with the office. 

2018 Rotorua dates

January 17, 18, 25 & 26

Western Okataina Walkway

8:30am – 4:30pm
Work along side DOC rangers to do track maintenance on the Western Okataina Walkway.
This will require a high level of fitness as the track can be steep in places and involve use of hand tools.

February (dates to be confirmed)

Wasp Control Eastern Okataina Walkway and Northern Tarawera Track

This is a 2 part operation.
1. Protein take test - half day
2. Put bait into stations - full day
Protein take test is required to check if the wasps have changed their diet from sugar to protein, when this happens the protein based bait can be put into bait stations.

March (date to be confirmed)

Service Run

8:30am – 4:30pm
Join a DOC ranger for the day doing the "service run" to Maunga Kakaramea, Tarawera Falls, Hinehopu and the start Tarawera Trail.
This involves maintenance of these scenic areas, including lawn mowing, cleaning facilities and interpretation signs.

April (dates to be confirmed)

Mangorewa

8:30am – 4:30pm
Work alongside DOC rangers to do track maintenance on the Mangorewa Track & removal of dumped rubbish in the Mangorewa Gorge, in the Mangorewa Ecological Area.
Track maintenance will require a high level of fitness as the track can be steep in places and will involve the use of hand tools.
Rubbish collection will involve retrieving the rubbish and loading into a ute and trailer.

Lake Rotoiti Scenic Reserve

8:30am – 4:30pm
Work alongside DOC rangers doing general maintenance in the Lake Rotoiti Scenic Reserve.
This will involve the use of hand tools

May (dates to be confirmed)

Te Kopia
8:30am – 4:30pm
Work alongside DOC rangers doing general maintenance in the Te Kopia Scenic Reserve.
This will involve the use of hand tools and scrub bar.

Okere Falls Scenic Reserve

8:30am – 4:30pm
Work alongside DOC rangers doing general track maintenance at Okere Falls.
This will involve the use of hand tools.

June (dates to be confirmed)

Mount Ngongotaha

8:30am – 4:30pm
Work alongside DOC rangers doing general track maintenance on the Ngongotaha Loop and Jubilee Tracks.
This will involve the use of hand tools.

July (dates to be confirmed)

Hinehopu / Hongi's Track

8:30am – 4:30pm
Work alongside DOC rangers doing general track maintenance on the Hinehopu / Hongi's Track.
This will involve the use of hand tools.

Maunga Kakaramea

8:30am – 4:30pm
Work alongside DOC rangers doing general track maintenance on the Maunga Kakaramea (Rainbow Mountain) tracks.
This will involve the use of hand tools.

August (dates to be confirmed)

Tarawera Falls

8:30am – 4:30pm
Work alongside DOC rangers doing general track maintenance on the Tarawera Falls Track.
A high level of fitness is required for this track, this will involve the use of hand tools and the ability to carry gear.

September / October (dates to be confirmed)

This is our annual planting season. 

We will have lots of native plants and trees to get in the ground in a variety of locations in the Tauranga area.

Half and full day volunteering. 

Mokaihaha Ecological Area

8:30am – 4:30pm
Work alongside DOC rangers doing general track maintenance on the Rotohokahoka Track.
A good level of fitness is required for this track, this will involve the use of hand tools and the ability to carry gear.

Tarawera Trail

8:30am – 4:30pm
Work alongside DOC rangers doing general track maintenance on the Tarawera Trail.
A high level of fitness is required for this track, this will involve the use of hand tools and the ability to carry gear.

November (dates to be confirmed)

Te Kopia

8:30am – 4:30pm
Work alongside DOC rangers doing general maintenance in the Te Kopia Scenic Reserve.
This will involve the use of hand tools and scrub bar.

Okere Falls Scenic Reserve

8:30am – 4:30pm
Work alongside DOC rangers doing general track maintenance at Okere Falls.
This will involve the use of hand tools.

Northern Tarawera Track

8:30am – 4:30pm
Work alongside DOC rangers doing general track maintenance on the Northern Tarawera Track.
This will include transfers by boat and the use of hand tools.

December (dates to be confirmed)

Western Okataina Walkway

8:30am – 4:30pm
Work alongside DOC rangers to do track maintenance on the Western Okataina Walkway.
This will require a high level of fitness as the track can be steep in places and involve use of hand tools.

Contact

For more information and to register for any of the above contact:

Catherine Noble, Ranger Community
Phone: +64 27 542 3683
Email: cnoble@doc.govt.nz

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