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Volunteer holidays in Otago

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Four Coastal Otago community conservation organisations have joined forces to organise two residential volunteer holidays.

River – Estuary Care Waikouaiti-Karitane, East Coast Taiapare, Hawkesbury Lagoon group and Kati Huirapa Runaka are providing the opportunity to work with the coastal community groups of Karitane and Waikouaiti in conservation, habitat management and fisheries management.

The activities will run from 25th – 29th June (4 nights) and 9 – 16th September (7 nights) and will include planting and maintenance of habitat restoration areas, participating in current research work and organising and developing educational materials.You will get to see how community based organisations work, and to explore the lower Waikouaiti River catchment area on foot or by waka ama paddling and kayak.

No cost simple accommodation (either marae style at Kati Huirapa Runaka compound or billeted with locals) can be provided or you can arrange your own accommodation. Dinners will be provided by the community groups. Self-catering for breakfasts and lunches.

There is limited space available. Registration by May 30th (for the June session) and August 9th(for the September one)

To register: Contact Patti Vanderburg on +64-3-465-8113

The Community and Conservation groups involved are:

River-Estuary Care:Waikouaiti-Karitane:­ a community conservation group, winner of Coastal Conservation Award, Waikouaiti River Catchment and Estuary habitat restoration projects, education and advocacy, bird monitoring.

East Otago Taiapure:­ iwi and local fisheries management,­ focal point for maintaining and improving the health of fisheries.

Hawkesbury Lagoon Group: ­ local conservation group ­that works to enhance and protect the Hawkesbury Lagoon, with a focus on revegetation.

Kati Huirapa Runaka: Centre for iwi-based projects including habitat restoration reflecting cultural and conservation values.

Please share this information with your local conservation volunteer networks.
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