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Gaylene Wilkinson and friends Lonely Lake Hut project has left us all with huge smiles on our faces. Read Gaylene's report here: Thank you so much Gaylene and team, and DOC for the support on the ground and through the DOC Community Fund.
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The Ruahine User Group get great updates from their local DOC recreation team...

"Good morning RUG members,

Welll winter has finally hit us. Put those shorts away, grab the longs, get more wood for the fire. There is snow on the hills behind the village of Takapau, and down to the bush edge on the eastern Ruahines this morning.

Here is an update of work completed in the Ruahines since my last update several weeks ago.

We have finished cutting the track between Shutes and Ruahine huts so now all the tracks around Shutes,Taruarau Biv,Diannes to No-Mans road have been completed.

The track up Potae creek between Lake Colenso and Ruahine Corner huts has been cut and remarked, some hut jobs completed at Lake Colenso ,but unfortunately we didn’t get the big slip(just past the unknown campsite turn-off) benched. With winter here and no doubt rain I’m sure the slip will continue to move so care will be needed if crossing it. We may have to reroute the track if the slip is going to continue slipping, but unsure when this maybe.

Track cutting has been completed from Hinerua hut to the park boundary heading towards the Tukituki river, to the tops and down towards Smiths Stream. Hopefully this week we can finish the track towards Alder road. The tracks around Smiths Stream hut are due but this weather will delay us, will keep you updated on these if we get them cut.

Top Maropea hut has been lifted with new piles and some landscaping done using a small digger to divert water away from the hut which was running down the track and under the hut, the helipad has also been enlarged and made safer for landings and take-offs.

Sunrise and Rangi huts have had monthly hut checks completed, Sunrise hut has had firewood stocked up and Rangi hut will be done as soon as weather conditions allow.

Roadend lawns have been done at various locations and some roadend signs repainted.

Will update you all at the next RUG meeting which I understand will now be on Monday 20th June 7.00pm (I think) in Palmerston North.
Those people wanting a ride from the Hawkes Bay ring me and we’ll sort out a ride for you, I have room for four.

photo: Jamie Stewart - tramper on Potae ridge
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