The 2008 funding round of the Waikato Community Conservation Fund is now open for applications from community groups seeking support for conservation projects in Waikato Conservancy. Applications close on 24 October 2008.
The application form and guidelines are available from the DOC website at www.doc.govt.nz/waikatocommunityprojects.
Department of Conservation
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Free guided walks from stream to summit
Free DOC-guided walks in the great outdoors are the highlight of Push Play month, October.
Mighty River Power Stream to Summit is a joint venture between Sport Waikato and the Department of Conservation. Free guided walks are offered throughout the greater Waikato region.
"From Waikato to Wanganui, we're offering people the opportunity to Push Play while getting back to nature at the same time - for free," Sport Waikato chief executive Matthew cooper said.
Mighty River Power Stream to Summit includes South Waikato, Hauraki, Taupo/Turangi and Ruapehu/Wanganui. There are 25 guided walks on offer, and self-guided options on the Stream to Summit website.
"Here's a chance to share family time, enjoy fresh air and really experience the great outdoors under the guidance of DOC and with Sport Waikato staff there to encourage you to keep going. And it's all completely free," Mr Cooper said.
Walks start on 27 September on Taupiri Maunga. Department of Conservation Waikato area programme manager community relations Jack de Thierry said this walk also provides a cultural experience.
"With close support and leadership from Tainui, this is an opportunity for people to achieve the summit, and also to learn elements that weave the maunga, the river and Waikato-Tainui together," he said.
"There will be a presentation on the journey of 50 Waikato-Tainui descendants along the Waikato River from Huka Falls and by River from Karapiro to Port Waikato." Participants will plant native trees at the base of the track and finish with lunch hosted by Waikato-Tainui Raupatu Lands Trust.
Spaces are limited and everyone must register to take part through www.stream2summit.org.nz.
For more information contact:
Sport Waikato communications coordinator Megan Wetere 07 838 2657, 021 240 8157 or email@example.com.