Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Support Te Araroa trail this Get Outdoors Week

20 November 2019

Te Araroa Trust is calling on adventure-loving Kiwis and overseas visitors to get behind New Zealand’s national walking trail during Get Outdoors Week (16-24 November).

For the duration of the week, the Trust is encouraging everybody who walks a section of the trail to make a donation for the trail’s future on the Trust’s website.

Te Araroa Trust Chief Executive Mark Weatherall said the sustainability of the 3,000 km trail was largely reliant on the goodwill of New Zealanders and donations from walkers.

“Funding we receive from central and local government is always much appreciated, but it is limited, and ad-hoc. We rely heavily on donations from walkers and others with a passion for the outdoors to maintain and manage the trail.”

He said Get Outdoors Week was the perfect time for people to consider what the trail meant to them, and how they could support its sustainability for the benefit of current walkers and future generations.

In the USA a ‘Pledge for the Wild’ has been set up in five mountain towns in Oregon, Montana, Arizona and Colorado, calling on people to donate for every hour they spent mountain biking, hiking and exploring tracks and trails in those regions. Donated money is then spent on conservation, environmental efforts and other initiatives to ensure the sustainability of the regions’ outdoor experiences.

Mr Weatherall said a modest contribution would be appropriate for people walking sections of Te Araroa during Get Outdoors Week. He also welcomed approaches from businesses and other organisations that wanted to develop partnerships to support the trail.

Money donated would go towards signage, maintaining and developing infrastructure and tracks on parts of the trail outside public conservation land, and other efforts to improve the trail and ensure its sustainability.

In addition to donating to the trail cause, Mr Weatherall said the week was also an ideal time for people to discover what makes Te Araroa special.

“Whether or not you donate, the week is a good chance to find out what makes Te Araroa so magical. The trail has been created for all New Zealanders and Get Outdoors Week is the perfect time to step outside and into the wild to discover a section of Te Araroa in your region.”

Officially opened in 2011, Te Araroa traverses 3,000 kilometres of stunning scenery as it winds its way from Cape Reinga in the far north to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island.

Unlike some New Zealand trails Te Araroa does not receive ongoing direct funding from Government. As a result, the Trust – a registered charity – is heavily reliant on contributions from volunteers and the support of donors, sponsors and partners for its sustainability.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>


Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland