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


Coronet Peak’s pine eradication program is helping locals

Coronet Peak’s pine eradication program is helping locals during Christmas

Happiness Tree is the new initiative from the team at Queenstown ski field Coronet Peak, one that benefits the land and locals this month.

During the Christmas festive season until December 22, Coronet Peak staff are taking orders for Christmas tree wilding pines being removed from the ski field with all funds being donated to local Queenstown charity Happiness House.

Nigel Kerr, Coronet Peak Ski Area manager, said the maintenance team led by Mark Sommerville had come upon the idea.

“Wilding pines are non-natives and pests on the land. As part of our Kaitiaki [guardianship] responsibility we have a revegetation program for their removal, and the planting of thousands of native alpine grasses,” he explained.

“But the pines also happen to be great Christmas trees, so there was potential to do something more than just eradicate. But for us it’s not about making a dime.”

He said they approached Happiness House to ask if they would like donations from the tree sales, and they were delighted.

Happiness House manager Karen Stuart said they were grateful for the assistance.

“We provide the community with social services to support healthy and empowered lives and that can range from helping with Christmas gifts and hampers during this time to offering our popular Friday produce day that runs year round to help with high living costs.

Happiness House is a central safe and welcoming location on Park Street with an outdoor area and op shop.

“We rely on funding from local businesses such as Coronet Peak, so we’re delighted with this initiative,” said Karen.

In the first 24 hours that the page was live 76 trees were sold.

“People are keen to support the initiative,” said Nigel.

“And the elves are happy to deliver.”

How it works
A minimum $20 donation is donated through the givealittle page and will go directly to Happiness House in exchange for a hand-picked Christmas Trees are delivered to locals’ doors by the Coronet Peak maintenance team, AKA the Coronet Peak elves.

Trees are available in 1, 2 and 3 metre sizes although numbers are limited as Coronet Peak’s ongoing eradication program means not that many survive to reach Christmas tree height. Trees will be available for purchase through till the 22nd December and will be delivered within 3 days of your order. Donors must email Christmas@coronetpeak.co.nz to provide their address details.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need.

And I’m hedging with the ‘could well’ only because the Ardern government hasn’t yet spelled out whether the name change it has announced will also involve a rejection of the controversial use of Big Data to try and predict those children deemed to be at highest risk of inter-generational reliance on welfare support. More>>


Principals' Federation: End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended. More>>


Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>


RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>


'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government… More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>





Featured InfoPages