NZ Walking Access Commission (NZWAC);
Sunrise and Rangiwahia Hut Booking Season;
Walking Access Commission (WAMS)
The NZWAC have a newsletter ‘Linking New Zealand’ available on-line, via their website which you can link to here NZWAC. The NZWAC work closely with the DoC, and have an excellent database mapping system (WAMS). The link will also be available on the NTC Home Page.
TO ALL TRAMPING/ALPINE CLUBS AND MEMBERS
As you may be aware, DOC is conducting an on-line survey regarding the future of Molesworth Station as a prelude to revising the current Management Plan (see http://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/about-doc/role/policies-and-plans/molesworth-management-plan.pdf) and reviewing the farming lease to Landcorp that expires in 2 years. Of principal concern to the outdoors community are the restrictive access arrangements but there are many other aspects of Molesworth worthy of our close interest. It is very important that we have our say now and are involved in future negotiations. Surveys are a weight of numbers game so it is vital everybody with any connection to Molesworth, past or in principle, registers their opinions.
FMC has prepared the attached version of the DOC on-line survey that contains our considered position. We will submit this. Importantly, your club and your members should make your own submissions if you have not already done so. Please forward this message to all your members. We respectfully ask you to consider FMC’s position but of course your members should provide DOC with their own ratings and feedback.
The link to the survey is: http://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/have-your-say/all-consultations/2017/the-future-of-molesworth-station/
The closing date for submissions is: 14 April 2018
Sunrise and Rangiwahia Hut Booking Season
Just a note to let you know that beds at Rangiwahia and Sunrise huts are currently bookable; until April 30th 2018. The booking system is accessible via the DOC website. People may call the Manawatu District Office to enquire and/or book, particularly if they have an annual hut pass. Annual hut pass holders can make a booking with no additional cost. Use of the booking system will be reviewed again once the season has closed.
– Have the difference between a booking, hut tickets and a hut pass outlined on signage at the huts.
– Have hut wardens present at the huts at peak times (volunteer hut wardens would still be welcome when paid wardens were not available, and outside of the bookable period).
– Give hut wardens a list of bookings for the applicable nights.
– Include specific columns on hut warden report forms to show who has hut tickets, bookings, annual hut passes or none.
Nicole Dillon, DoC, Palmerston North.