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Apr 2021
Sat 24th (Trips) Purangi - East Taranaki Easy/Medium
This Anzac Weekend trip is a little treat, more so if you are a bird lover. We will be based at Purangi approx 40km to the east of Inglewood. This is the home of the East Taranaki Environment trust who look after a thriving kiwi population and some recently released Kokako. While exploring the nearby area we will also be helping put out some new traps – nothing too difficult I am told and many hands make light work! From the Trust’s website - “We provide a place for kiwi to thrive. Our project at P?rangi, East Taranaki is a community initiative, involving the implementation of a suite of pest control and advocacy measures to promote conservation and sustainability in the P?rangi / Matau and Pouiatoa catchments. Kiwi is our indicator species. We have around 13,000 hectares of land within the project area, which is home to over 4000 kiwi. We are proud to be one of the largest community environment schemes in New Zealand. This is an area of significant habitat of nationally threatened and at risk indigenous species”. Accommodation is in a comfortable cabin. Travel up on Saturday 24th unless we are all keen for a Friday departure.
Janet Wilson 3294722
Thu 29th (Social) NZ bird Atlas update
New Zealand bird Atlas update Presented by Kirsten Olsen, (Atlas coordinator for Birds NZ Manawatu) and Stephen Legg Birds NZ launched New Zealand’s largest ever citizen science project in June 2019: The New Zealand Bird Atlas. The aim of the project is to record the birds in every corner of New Zealand (mountains to sea) in each season over five years. Anyone anywhere in New Zealand can help with this scheme by recording and entering the birds they see and hear on the eBird phone app. The eBird app is linked to the Merlin phone app to help with identification of birds if you are uncertain or do not know the bird. This talk will describe Atlas progress after the first two years - how many people have contributed - which areas and seasons are well covered and which are not. You can help. As a keen tramper you visit areas that most other citizens do not, so you could record birds that nobody else will hear or see. After the talk we can help you install the eBird and Merlin apps. If you would like to practice using eBird and contributing to the Bird Atlas join us in Ashhurst Domain for a couple of hours on Saturday 1st or Sunday 2nd May 9am (contact Stephen on 027 647 0095 or Kirsten on 027 354 6010).
Kirsten Olsen and Stephen Legg
May 2021
Sat 1st (Trips) Maharahara Crossing Medium
Could be Sunday 2nd May - whichever is the best weather day.This trip is one of the shortest crossings up onto the leatherwood tops and over the Ruahine Ranges. The group will split in two and start from each side, swapping car keys in the middle. Depart Milverton at 7.30am.
Warren Wheeler 356 1998
Sat 1st - Sun 2nd (Trips) Tukino Fit/Technical
Meet at Tukino Road 2wd car park (Eastern side of Ruapehu) at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Drive to the top of the road and walk up to Wangaehu Hut where we will stay the night (fees apply). We can leave our overnight gear at the hut and climb further up the mountain. If anyone is keen, we could do some rock scrambling on steeper rock with a rope - or stick to the easier stuff if you prefer. May need crampons if there’s been some early snow.
Grant Christian 021 117 6921
Sat 1st (Trips) Birding in Ashhurst Domain Easy
If you would like to practice using eBird and contributing to the Bird Atlas, join us in Ashhurst Domain for a couple of hours on Saturday 1st or Sunday 2nd May 9am.
Kirsten Olsen and Stephen Legg 027 354 6010 or 027 647 0095
Sat 8th - Sun 9th (Trips) Triangle Hut Fit

Richard Lockett 3230948
Sat 8th () Navigation day All
Can do Sunday 9th depending on weather.
Chris Tuffley 3592530
Thu 13th (Social) Tour Aotearoa or Bust

Richard Lockett
Sat 15th - Sun 16th (Trips) Howlett's Crossing Fit

Warren Wheeler 3561998
Sun 16th (Trips) Pukenaenae/Arawaru Medium

Dave Grant 3287788
Sat 22nd - Sun 23rd (Trips) Iron Gate Hut Medium

Janet Wilson 3294722
Thu 27th (Social) BYO Pics

Martin Lawrence
Sat 29th - Sun 30th (Trips) Northern circuit - Tongariro Medium

Grant Christian 0211176921
Jun 2021
Sat 5th - Mon 7th (Trips) Motutapu All

Janet Wilson 3294722
Thu 10th (Social) More Tales of Cycle Touring Aotearoa

Kathy Corner
Sat 12th (Trips) Waiopehu hut Medium
Can do Sunday 13th depending on weather.
Nicola Wallace 0212090720
Sat 19th - Sun 20th (Trips) Forks hut Medium

Graham Peters 3294722
Sat 19th (Trips) Toka Medium
Can do Sunday 20th depending on weather.
Warren Wheeler 3561998
Thu 24th (Social) Tongariro Exploring

Warren Wheeler
Sat 26th - Sun 27th (Trips) Mid Winter Social All
See newsletter for details.
Warren Wheeler 3561998

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