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The formal part of the meeting will be followed by a presentation by Ray Hoare

"The inside story of Antarctic lakes"

Fifty-five years ago the physics student Ray Hoare showed the power of solar heating in the lakes in the Antarctic Dry Valleys. He  will give an outline of his work, show the stunning scenery, and tell some saucy stories.

 

 

 

How to save someone's life

On a Club trip recently a member had what could have been a fatal heart attack. Fortunately, another member in the group understood the importance and technique of performing CPR. (A defibrillator was available, but not functional!)

It would be very good if everyone who feels capable of assisting in such an emergency learns the very simple technique required, and you can learn how to do it by watching the video produced by St John's, by clicking here

Tauranga tracks open after final upgrades for kauri dieback

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is re-opening the last of 10 tracks in Tauranga after successful upgrade work to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease. The work is part of DOC’s Kauri Dieback Recreation Project to prevent the spread of kauri dieback on public conservation land. Since 2014, DOC has upgraded 76 tracks and permanently closed over 30 to protect kauri from this deadly disease.

Ten tracks in Tauranga were closed between November 2018 to May this year by DOC while the work was underway to ensure the safety of the public, the kauri and the contractors. Two tracks remained closed until August for additional safety checks and the installation of brand-new cleaning stations.

DOC’s Tauranga Operations Manager Jeff Milham says that this is an important step in protecting the Kaimai kauri for future generations. “Over 12km of track has been upgraded, including the installation of new steps, fencing, platforms, gravel and 132m of boardwalk. The work has significantly reduced wet and muddy sections of track to minimise the conditions where kauri dieback spores thrive and improved the visitor experience.”

The following tracks have been reopened:

  • Dickey Flat – Daly Clearing Track
  • Lindemann to Cashmore Clearing
  • Lindemann Loop Track
  • Mangakino Pack Track
  • Upper Waitawheta Track
  • Waipapa Track
  • Waiorongomai – Low Level Track
  • Wharawhara Tramway Track
  • Waitengaue Stream Track
  • Waitengaue to Upper Waitawheta Track.

“We’re delighted the public can enjoy these tracks again and visit the Kaimai kauri in a much safer environment. We have been able to achieve a greater level of kauri protection in a place where kauri dieback disease has not yet been detected. Our kauri are very special to us and our Iwi partners so it is critical we give these taonga the best chance of survival possible,” says Jeff Milham.

“We all now need to do the right thing and stay on track, use the cleaning stations and clean our footwear and gear before and after visiting kauri areas”. 

Info for people crossing farms - Mycoplasma Bovis

If you are tramping, cycling or horse trekking across a farm you need to be aware of Mycoplasma bovis. It does not pose any risk to you, but you can take some simple steps to stop it spreading.

An article that explains the issues is linked to here

First aid reminders

Brett represented the club on an outdoor first aid course recently. He prepared a concise set of points to note when someone is injured, which you can see here.

A Kaimai Concept

You may already have heard about the initiative in which DOC is prepared to award grants to organisations working on huts and tracks. See http://www.doc.govt.nz/about-doc/news/media-releases/2014/700000-grant-for-outdoor-recreation/ for details.

The Auckland Tramping Club has prepared a draft document called "Improving Outdoor Recreational Opportunities inKaimai Mamaku Conservation ParkFrom Backwater to Stomping Ground" which proposes establishing a group of tramping and other outdoor clubs to develop the plan described in the document. The concept is to "significantly upgrade the tracks, huts and campsites throughout the Park so that they support a much greater use for single day and multi day hikes by virtue of having many different options of a predictable duration and standard, and suitable for a range of fitness levels."

You can download the document here. (File updated 30 Sept 2014) The Wanderers committee is keeping track of this proposal to see how we can best assist - perhaps to take responsibility for a section of track? Do contact a committee member if you have ideas.