The Sika Foundation, in conjunction with NZDA Taupo branch, run a hut maintenance programme for the four DOC huts in the Kaimanawa Forest Park, the Waipakihi Hut, Boyd Hut, Oamaru Hut and the Cascade Hut.
Mike Main is the coordinator of this programme, and he works with Murray Cleaver from the Department of Conservation in Taupo to determine which huts need maintenance carried out, and what’s required.
DOC supply all materials needed and fly our volunteers and equipment into the huts to carry out the work. This programme works extremely well, ensuring all four huts are kept to a good standard, not just for hunters but for trampers and other back country users who use the huts as well.
The work we do in and around the huts frees up DOC staff to carry out other essential duties, and it is another good example of hunters and DOC working together to achieve a good outcome for all parties.
If you would like to help out keeping the huts and tracks in great condition, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org