Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


New Multi-Day Visitor Experience For Rangitoto And Motutapu

Media release

24 April 2013

New Multi-Day Visitor Experience For Rangitoto And Motutapu Islands


Click for big version.

Visitors to Auckland will soon be able to enjoy a new multi-day walking experience on Rangitoto and Motutapu islands – the Rangitoto Motutapu Haerenga – A Journey through Sacred Islands.

The Haerenga is being developed by the Department of Conservation (DOC), ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development) and iwi in partnership with other stakeholders. Visitors should be able to experience the Haerenga by next summer.

Mayor Len Brown announced the development of the new three-day visitor experience this morning at TRENZ 2013, New Zealand’s largest tourism tradeshow currently on in Auckland.

“Walking to the summit of Rangitoto is already one of Auckland’s most popular daytrips for locals and visitors alike, but Rangitoto and Motutapu have so much more to offer and the Haerenga is a chance to discover the contrasting landscapes and histories of the two islands,” he said.

“We are thrilled to be working alongside the Department of Conservation and iwi to develop this exciting new experience in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.”

DOC Auckland Conservator Sean Goddard says the Haerenga will be more than just a three-day walk.

“It’s an opportunity to visit and explore Auckland’s largest and most diverse island sanctuaries. These pest-free havens are home to many rare species, and visitors may see a takahe or hear a kiwi call. They can also learn about the cultural significance of the islands, see the incredible restoration of Motutapu, and even volunteer.”

Iwi representatives Ngati Paoa, Ngati Whatua and Ngai Tai were closely involved in developing the concept for the Haerenga.

Ngai Tai Chairman James Brown says the Haerenga will enhance the kaitiakitanga and the connection of nga Mana Whenua to the islands and people from around the world.

“This initiative advances the manaakitanga (hospitality) interests of iwi and enhances our cultural revistalisation. We have a commitment to caring for and replenishing the environment which sustains all of us. The restoration of the islands’ native flora and fauna is a key part of this project that provides iwi an opportunity to further protect the many sacred sites of the islands,” he said.

“The development process of the Haerenga has shown the benefits of working together and as our Iwi say – there are exciting times ahead.”

Day one of the Haerenga will take in the summit of Rangitoto and explore the volcanic landscapes. Day two will explore the cultural significance and ancient landscapes of Motutapu, the sacred island where history is revealed in the landscape. Day three will be an opportunity to learn about the restoration of Motutapu, stroll through regenerating forest and support conservation work.

The Rangitoto Motutapu Haerenga – A Journey through Sacred Islands will be a cornerstone of a new national range of high-profile multi-day walks announced on Monday by the Department of Conservation.

The new walking range will offer rich experiences at stunning locations around New Zealand. The walks will be easily accessible and aimed at people keen to explore without needing to be self-sufficient.

Further information about Rangitoto Motutapu Haerenga – A Journey through Sacred Islands:
• The Haerenga is designed as a three-day experience, (done together or separately) as an alternative to or a follow-up experience from the current half/one day Rangitoto summit walk
• Each day is distinctly different and emphasises the contrasts and connections of the islands
• The islands are connected by a short causeway built during WWII, so visitors can easily walk between the two islands

Notes to editors:
ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development) is Auckland’s economic growth agency. ATEED – on behalf of Auckland Council – aims to double the contribution from the visitor economy over the next 10 years, growing it from $3.33 billion in 2010 to $6 billion in 2021.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Issue Out Now: Werewolf 47

Alison McCulloch: Lest We Remember

Local iwi have plans to spruce up the Te Ranga site as part of the 150th commemorations this year of key battles in the “New Zealand Wars”, but not a lot of money to do it with.

Information gathered from numerous government agencies shows that while more than $25 million is being spent on monuments and commemorations relating to foreign wars, primarily World War I and its centenary, only around $250,000 has been set aside for those fought on our own soil. More>>

Anne Russell: Anzac Day - Identity Politics, With Guns

Even cursory research into media reports from the past forty years reveals a cultural shift in the commemoration of Anzac Day. Among other things, turnout at Dawn services has increased significantly in recent decades.

Contemporary numbers are estimated at 3,000-4,000 in Wellington, and 10,000-15,000 in Auckland. Newspaper reports from the 1970s and 80s estimated Wellington turnouts at 300-800, and Auckland at anywhere from 600 to 4,000. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Spookwatch: New Inspector-General Of Intelligence And Security Appointed

Prime Minister John Key hasannounced the appointment of Cheryl Gwyn as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. The appointment was made by the Administrator of the Government on behalf of the Governor General and is for a term of three years. More>>

Crowdsourcing: Green Party Launches Internet Rights And Freedoms Bill

The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand’s first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shane Jones Departure

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More>>

COMMENT:

Multimedia: PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen... More>>

ALSO:

Easter Trading: Workers 'Can Kiss Goodbye To Easter Sunday Off'

The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. More>>

ALSO:

ACT Don't Go For Maximum Penalty: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail

Three strikes for burglary was introduced to England and Wales in 1999. As in New Zealand, burglary was out of control and given a low priority by the police and the courts. A Labour government passed a three strikes law whereby a third conviction for burglaries earned a mandatory three years in prison... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home. More>>

ALSO:

Elections: New Electorate Boundaries Finalised

New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news