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FMC calls for Tourism Taskforce

In the next month or two, most holidaying Kiwis will witness first-hand the pressures of burgeoning tourism. Its impacts on infrastructure are obvious; roads, carparks, campsites, conservation honeypots, even […]

Further Funding for Consortium

In a big vote of confidence the Outdoor Recreation Consortium was recently granted its 3rd year of funding, another $400,000 will go to backcountry projects led by volunteers, bringing […]

Ngapunatoru Aircraft Landings Update

FMC and the New Zealand Alpine Club (the largest member club of FMC) state that they remain deeply disappointed in the Department of Conservation’s performance and […]

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New Plymouth Tramping Club have a fantastic Take a Kid Tramping programme to introduce kids and their families to the outdoors. Check out their Pouakai Crossing adventure. What other initiatives are readers involved with to give kids the outdoors spark?
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#shelterfromthestorm #keepingourfiresburning
Rob Brown is one of the good folks getting stuck in to saving our network of backcountry huts for the next generation. There's a fair bit involved, but everyone who gets in there seems to come back for more. The Outdoor Recreation Consortium will have a funding round in April if you are thinking of adopting a hut.
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As the bad weather rolls on, took the opportunity last week to get the materials ready for the Newton Creek Hut rebuild. One tonne of materials now sitting in DOC's Hokitika workshop and waiting for summer to appear. Big thanks to Nige Schroder of DOC for all the help in getting them prepared. New flooring, ply lining, quite a bit of framing to replace what we know will be rotten, new corner piles, bearers, paint, fixings etc...etc. Will be a couple of loads for our main man Fletcher Anderson..... Hut will be closed for a couple of weeks mid February while we take it to bits and put it back together again....

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