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Hut and track funding

The next funding round for hut and track restoration projects through the Backcountry Trust closes on February 16, 2018.

The trust, formerly the Outdoor Recreation Consortium, has received $700,000 from DOC to fund backcountry projects over the next two years.

In November, 25 projects received nearly $170,000 of funding. Huts being restored include Howletts Hut, Toka Biv and Top Gorge Hut in Ruahine Forest Park, John Reid Hut (Kahurangi National Park), Cass  Saddle Hut (Craigieburn Forest Park), Pool Hut (St James Conservation Area), and Reardon Hut (Ruataniwha Conservation Park).

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Canyoning fund launched

The New Zealand Canyoning Association has launched a fund to support infrastructure in existing canyons and to encourage new canyoning opportunities. This can include canyoning anchors, access tracks, toilets and signage. Applications to the fund can be made at any time, but must be at least a month before work on a project begins. Info:

Robins breed in Mt Taranaki after 112 years

Trampers in Egmont National Park might see fledgeling North Island robin this summer, as the birds are breeding on Mt Taranaki for the first time in 112 years.

Conservation group Taranaki Mounga released 50 robins in a 1000ha block on Mt Taranaki that had intense rat trapping in April 2017. Three pairs of robins have now been found with chicks. The public is being asked to help monitor and locate fledgelings in February. Information can be found at