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Dart River & Queenstown Resort College join forces

Media Release from Dart River

27 September 2016


1/ Dart River’s seedling planting team: L to R Meghan Brethel, Deb Baxter, Jen Matiu, Kate Baxter, Lucia Echaniz, Kerry Manahi, Corey Sinteur, Douglas Thomas, Dior Louis, Nigel Kerr, Sue Bartlett, Grant Baxter, Poppy Waters and Phil Jefferson

Dart River and Queenstown Resort College join forces for nature

A group of staff from Dart River, along with Queenstown Resort College students and visitors to the region planted over 1,000 native seedlings in the Department of Conservation Paradise Reserveon Saturday.

This is the third year that the planting has taken place, as part of a long-term initiative to take responsibility for and improve the areas that Dart River tourism operates in.

Queenstown Resort College student Dior Louis said it was great to be involved in the tree-planting again this year.

“I keep volunteering for this project as it always gives me a feeling of giving back to nature, which is amazing – I absolutely loved it,” she said.

“I’ve been fortunate to have met great people as well, which makes volunteering for this project even more rewarding.”

The work is in keeping with Ngāi Tahu Tourism’s value of Kaitiakitanga – to look after the environment.

David Kennedy, Ngāi Tahu Tourism Regional Manager, said improvements to the environment were now visible after only a few years.

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“Clusters of regeneration in Paradise Reserve under the Red Beech canopy are developing well and we’ve been able to achieve a lot with the help of so many volunteers,” he said.

“The enthusiastic support of visitors to Queenstown and people returning from last year has made this the best year yet.”


2/ Many hands make light work: Sue Bartlett (L), Jen Matiu, Corey Sinteur, Phil Jefferson, Kate Baxter, Kerry Manahi, Douglas Thomas, Poppy Waters, Nigel Kerr, Lucia Echaniz, Deb Baxter, Grant Baxter, Meghan Brethel and Dior Louis finishing planting the last of the seedlings

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About Ngāi Tahu Tourism

We are one of the largest tourism operators in Aotearoa, hosting one million customers a year across our nine iconic businesses. Our more than 400 employees deliver over 20 amazing experiences throughout the country. These include Shotover Jet, Guided Walks New Zealand, Dart River, Franz Josef Glacier Guides, Glacier Hot Pools, Huka Falls Jet, Agrodome, Rainbow Springs and Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters. We are also a 50% owner in the famous astro-tourism experience Earth & Sky, in Tekapo.

We are owned by Ngāi Tahu, the biggest iwi by population in Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island of New Zealand). Ngāi Tahu has over 55,000 registered members who whakapapa to the iwi, making us one of the largest whānau-owned businesses in Aotearoa.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism is part of Ngāi Tahu Holdings along with Ngāi Tahu Capital, Ngāi Tahu Farming, Ngāi Tahu Property and Ngāi Tahu Seafood. This is the investment company of the Ngāi Tahu Charitable Trust of which Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is the sole Trustee.

Ngāi Tahu Holdings’ mission is to be an outstanding investment company creating wealth for Ngāi Tahu Whānui and respecting and contributing to the mana of Ngāi Tahu in all that it does.


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