Hollyford Conservation Trust Launch – a Huge Success

Wednesday 16th July dawned fine and clear, fixed wing aircraft and helicopters arriving from all directions at first light. By 9.30am there were over 50 stakeholders and supporters assembled at Martins Bay Lodge to welcome the Minister of Conservation Dr Nick Smith. When he finally arrived it was all boats down to the beach from where we had the official welcome (kia ora and thanks to Oraka Aparima runaka representative Stewart Bull), presentation of the partnership agreement by the children of Martins Bay, a few words from the Minister then finally the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Conservation and the Hollyford Conservation Trust.

Then it was back to the lodge for lunch (warm thank you to Shaun Bilham and Bard Crawford for the delicious cuisine), introductions to all trustees and warm words from all including Southern Regions’ Conservation Services Manager Allan Munn and Director of Partnerships Kay Booth.

The day was a huge boon to all with such notable guests as Ed Cotter, harking back to the days of Davey Gunn, and Peter Johnson, ecologist with well over 30 years experience in the Hollyford. Thank you to all those who sent apologies, but thank you also to all those who made it to the bay for the day to support the project. It was day we will all remember.

If you missed all the wonderful media coverage please click on the following links:

TVNZ
Radio New Zealand
and the Otago Daily Times

And we’ll be posting photographs of the day very soon.

By the way. The Hollyford Conservation Trust has now received over $200,000 of funding from DoC to get well underway. Bravo to all. We’re off!

Minister of Conservation, the Honourable Dr Nick Smith addresses the Hollyford stakeholders on the beach at Martins Bay.

Minister of Conservation, the Honourable Dr Nick Smith addresses the Hollyford stakeholders on the beach at Martins Bay.

 

Billie Comer, 8, provides the foundation for the signing of the partnership between DoC and the trust. Ron Anderson signs as Allan Munn and Dr Nick Smith look on.

Billie Comer, 8, provides the foundation for the signing of the partnership between DoC and the trust. Ron Anderson signs as Allan Munn and Dr Nick Smith look on.

 

Allan Munn - Conservation Services Manager, Southland Region - addresses the crowd at Martins Bay Lodge.

Allan Munn – Conservation Services Manager, Southland Region – addresses the crowd at Martins Bay Lodge.

 

Billie Comer ensures the Minister contributes to her donation box before he flies out.

Billie Comer ensures the Minister contributes to her donation box before he flies out.

 

 

 

HCT Launch, 16th July

The Honourable Dr Nick Smith, Minister of Conservation, will be journeying to Martins Bay, Hollyford Valley, on July 16th 2014 to officially launch the Hollyford Conservation Trust.

He will be accompanied by the Director of Partnerships Kay Booth and Southern Regions’ Conservation Services Director Allan Munn.

Trust Chair Ron Anderson says the trust is delighted to be able to host the event alongside Ngai Tahu Tourism (The Hollyford Track) at the Martins Bay Lodge. They are hoping kaumatua from local runaka will be able to attend, and as many of the landholders and supporters of the trust as possible.

The day will include a tour of the lower Hollyford Valley and an historic signing of the partnership between The Hollyford Conservation Trust and The Department of Conservation.