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AW's Matiu-Somes Island Volunteer Weekend!

[Event full]. By popular demand...DOC Rangers Jo and Emma at Matiu/Somes Island have arranged for fifteen more members of Adventure Wellington to help them out (such as track maintenance) for a unique volunteering weekend in September! This includes a heavily discounted overnight stay on the island in the Education House and Forest and Bird Lodge.

This is an incredible opportunity to get a unique behind the scenes perspective of the island, while also getting a chance to experience the truly amazing wildlife that only show themselves beginning at dusk (such as penguins, wetas and tuataras).

About Matiu/Somes Island:

Matiu/Somes Island Scientific and Historic Reserve is a tranquil retreat for wildlife and visitors alike.

Maori have occupied this island for generations. In more recent times, Matiu/Somes Island has served as a human and animal quarantine station, an internment camp, and a military defence position.

Thanks to the dedication of numerous individuals, groups and organisations, the island once again represents a refuge, this time for wildlife and our cultural heritage.

The island opened to the public as a Department of Conservation (DOC) scientific and historic reserve in 1995. In 2009, it was included in the Treaty of Waitangi cultural redress for Taranaki Whanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika A Maui, which returned ownership of the three Wellington harbour islands to iwi. The island is managed by DOC in a unique partnership.

Schedule:

3:20am Buy ferry ticket
3:35pm Ferry leaves Queens Wharf
3:55pm Ferry arrives Matiu/Somes Island
Rest of Saturday: exploration
Sunday: Volunteer day (4 hours)
3:10pm: Ferry leaves Somes Island
3:30pm: Ferry arrives Queens Wharf

What to bring:
Sturdy Shoes
Long Sleeves & Pants, change of clothes
Sleeping bag & pillow
Smiles & Banter

Costs: $32 for accommodation ($14), food ($16 dinner, breakfast, lunch) and banking fees ($2). Accommodation on the island is discounted as a thank you from Matiu/Somes Island and the little we pay goes directly to the island. Also on the day you'll have to buy a return ferry ticket ($22).

How to reserve your place:

1) RSVP for the waiting list

2) Pay the required $32 by following this link to our secure webshop.

3) After you have paid you will be moved to the attendee list.

4) There are only 15 places to be filled.

5) Payments are non refundable

Difficulty: 4/10

Note: At least 10 participants are required for this event to go ahead.

DISCLAIMER
Whilst every possible assistance will be offered, Adventure Wellington Trust, the Trustees, Event Organisers/hosts and members cannot be held responsible for any accident, injuries or losses sustained leading up to, during, or after an event.

NO SHOW POLICY
If you no show or cancel after 7pm the night before this event you will have a 'no show' recorded against your name. No shows can lead to you having to leave the group. Please read our Group Rules here http://www.adventurewellington.co.nz/pages/Group_Rules/

WEBSHOP
- to use the webshop you'll need to create a login (if you already created a login you can login to your account immediately)
- you can pay by credit or debit card
- the webshop keeps track of available spots, so as soon as you've paid, your spot is confirmed.

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  • Crista T.

    Well organised as usual

    September 9, 2013

  • Crista T.

    Had a fab time, thanks to all.

    September 9, 2013

  • Jennifer K.

    Was a great time with all of you!!

    September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great to meet everyone! Excited to do more events!

    September 9, 2013

  • Karl S.

    Nice to meet you all, it was a great weekend.

    September 8, 2013

  • Vanessa D.

    An amazing weekend. Lots of hard work, good weather and fun people! Thank you everyone for the good time!

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Will W.

    Fab time

    September 8, 2013

  • Leticia M.

    Hi. This morning I had a little problem with my shoulder and it is a bit sore. I would like to go but I am not sure if I will be useful tomorrow. Can I go anyway or shall I try to leave the spot for someone who will be able to do more things volunteering?

    September 7, 2013

    • Vanessa D.

      Hey lady. Come anyway. It's a bit late to fill a space and I would miss you! I'm sure there is an easy job tomorrow, or you could be our cheer leader! X

      September 7, 2013

    • Leticia M.

      Sweet!

      September 7, 2013

  • AJ B.

    Good to know someone has taken my spot. Can whoever took my spot pay their money to Roy H.

    September 7, 2013

  • Roy H.

    Weather for the weekend is looking pretty good and Matiu/Somes Island is looking forward to welcoming you. See you all tomorrow at Queens Wharf (don't be late, will be the last ferry)

    PS: KK and AJ had to pull out, Courtney & Bethany have taken their spots (I leave it up to you to take initiative to sort out finances if you want)

    September 6, 2013

  • Roy H.

    Hi Courtney / Jennifer, there is one spot available at the moment because KK cannot attend. Let me know asap if one of you want to attend (and if yes, if any dietary requirements). Just send an email to [masked]

    September 6, 2013

  • Roy H.

    I'll remove people from the waiting list because they haven't paid to reserve their spot (and otherwise it looks like this event is full while in reality there are still 3 spots). If you are still keen to come along, simply go to the webshop to reserve your spot https://aw.securely.co.nz/

    June 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Roy, Sunah Yun has paid me for my spot but she still isn't transferred up from the waiting list.

      August 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Roy are there any spots left?

      September 6, 2013

  • KK

    There is a high probability that I might be working during the weekend and I will need to pull out. Is there anyone interested in taking my spot ?

    September 6, 2013

    • Jennifer K.

      I have a friend that would love to come.

      September 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      My friend and I would like to go. Has anyone taken your spot?

      September 6, 2013

  • AJ B.

    Sorry I can't come now as now just got a bad cold :-(

    September 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Has anyone taken your spot?

      September 6, 2013

  • Bethany S.

    I am interested in going, not sure if AJ or KK want to arrange payment for their spot? Please let me know, thanks!

    September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am interested in attending. Does anyone want their spot paid for because they can't go? I have never been to an event before so I am not sure how the payment works.

    September 6, 2013

  • Roy H.

    We'll do the grocery shopping for this weekend soon. If there are any other people than Eva and KK with dietary requirements, please let me know asap.

    September 5, 2013

  • Emma J.

    So disappointed, but I have had to pull out also. Would anyone like to take my place??

    August 29, 2013

    • Roy H.

      Please arrange payment with Emma directly, cheers

      August 31, 2013

    • Emma J.

      Hi, great thanks guys. Rachel my email is [masked]

      August 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unlikely that I can now attend this event so if anyone on the waiting list wants my place send me a message to arrange transfer.

    August 19, 2013

    • Micael

      Hey Sunah Yun, as you know, Leticia has taken my place but it's great that you are going :)

      1 · August 19, 2013

    • Roy H.

      Hi Sunah, no worries, I've moved you over to the attendee list. To avoid confusion: Leticia has taken Micael's place, Sunah has taken Sandi's place.

      1 · August 21, 2013

  • Leticia M.

    if I go to the webshop and this event doesn't appear is because there is no free spots right?
    if someone pulls out before the event we will get notification so that we can go to he webshop and pay?

    August 17, 2013

    • Leticia M.

      Payment done today. Thank you Micael and hope to see you soon :)

      August 21, 2013

    • Micael

      Thanks Leticia. That's great. Payment received :) See you at another event :)

      August 21, 2013

  • Micael

    Hi Roy,
    Leticia posted a message yesterday, which you responded to. Unfortunately, I can't go now so I said Leticia could take my place. Are you able to move her from the waiting list or has she missed out? Cheers M:)

    August 18, 2013

  • Vanessa D.

    Grab one voucher today! 50 % off ferry tickets http://www.grabone.co.nz/wellington/east-by-west-ferries-43#page

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • Jennifer K.

    Tried to pay, but the system didn't seem to work...is there still a spot?

    July 9, 2013

    • Jennifer K.

      Everytime I go there and try to register to pay I get....Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '}' in /var/www/vhosts/securely­.co.nz/subdomains/aw/htt­pdocs/includes/customer_­elements/aw/create_accou­nt.php on line 680 and it won't allow me to make an account so I can pay.

      July 9, 2013

    • AW Support T.

      Sorry for the problem registering at the webshop, it has been fixed now.

      July 10, 2013

  • Will W.

    i paid
    am i confirmed now ???

    June 10, 2013

    • Roy H.

      Hi Will, your spot is confirmed as soon as you've paid for the event in the webshop. But I now also have moved you over to the attendee list. Cheers Roy

      June 10, 2013

    • Will W.

      Excellent see you there

      June 10, 2013

  • Roy H.

    People on the waiting list, don't forget to reserve your spot by paying the required $32 for this weekend in the webshop. 5 more spots available. Sunday I'll clean up the waiting list.

    June 6, 2013

  • Roy H.

    People on the waiting list, don't forget to reserve your spot by paying the required $32 for this weekend in the webshop. 7 more spots available. See the link in the even text or go to http://aw.securely.co.nz/matiusomes-island-volunteer-weekend-saturday-september-2013-p-14.html?sID=6e67a4a7263d59a5087bffacbf389eea

    June 3, 2013

  • Ruth D.

    plus 1 please.

    June 3, 2013

  • tricia

    yes

    June 3, 2013

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