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  • 3 Dec 2021 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Zealand is moving to a new COVID-19 Protection Framework or traffic light system which is replacing the previous system of Alert Levels 1-4.

    As part of this, DOC has decided that from 15 December 2021, eligible people, aged over 12 years and 3 months must be fully vaccinated to stay in DOC accommodation – this includes:

    • Huts,
    • Campsites,
    • Lodges and other sole occupancy facilities,
    • Great Walk huts and campsites
    • Camping by huts (where not a designated campsite)
    • Use of DOC huts or campsite facilities by day visitors (except for toilets).

    All DOC campgrounds and huts will only be open to those who are fully vaccinated. Hut wardens and camp hosts on site and will be checking for vaccination status. When requested you, and eligible members in your party, must show your COVID-19 vaccine verification.

    This measure has been put in place after assessing the risk of infection from COVID-19 to visitors, staff, volunteers and contractors and at DOC’s visitor facilities.

    All customers, including all members of the group aged over 12 years and 3 months, must be fully vaccinated prior to using DOC accommodation or the booking will need to be modified to a time when they are fully vaccinated, or the booking will need to be cancelled.  This will apply to bookings from 15 December 2021.

    DOC will provide a full refund for COVID-19-related cancellations including if people are unwell, subject to travel restrictions, concerned about COVID risks or are not vaccinated.

    To find out more about DOC’s COVID response and policy click here.

    www.doc.govt.nz

  • 3 Dec 2021 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Wednesday 1st December we were lucky enough to have Annalily van den Broeke, outreach coordinator for Ark in the Park (www.arkinthepark.org.nz) give an interesting virtual presentation. This was on the how and why of predator control in the 2270 hectares of the Waitakere Ranges that the volunteers of Ark in the Park look after. If you’re interested to learn more, or would like to help as a trapper or ‘adopt’ a bait line as an individual or as a group (similar to other tramping clubs) rebaiting three times a year, contact her on arkbufferzone@gmail.com . She is also the project manager of the neighbouring wetland conservation project Matuku Link (www.matukulink.org.nz) in Bethells, which has planting and working bee opportunities for fully vaccinated people as well – hello@matukulink.org.nz . Or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArkInTheParkNewZealand/ and www.facebook.com/matukulink

  • 24 Nov 2021 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NSTC Guidelines for Tramping during COVID-19  “Red” and “ORANGE” Traffic Light Settings

    • People attending Club trips will be required to present a “My Vaccine Pass” from the QR code app or by printing your Vaccine Pass from the "My Health Website". (This is accessed through Ministry of Health “My COVID Record”). My Vaccine Pass Application
    •  If you are sick or feel unwell please stay at home and self-isolate. More on Covid-19 Symptoms
    • Trip Organizer or a nominated Club person to check Vaccine Pass either by using “My Pass Verifier app” or sighting Vaccine Pass record.  NZ Covid Vaccine Pass Verifier app                                    This would be used by the Club to confirm a Vaccine Pass validity, but will not retain any personal details on the device.                                                                                                                                 
    •  Please scan the Club QR Code
    •  It is recommended for drivers and trip leaders to schedule the minimum number of stops along the way 
    - Day Tramps: this is likely to be toilet stops only. 
    - Multi-Day tramps: toilet stops and essential meal stops only.

    • Use the NZ COVID Tracer app if you visit any services or facilities
    • Care must be taken to avoid interacting at communal points such as car parks, trail heads or sections of trail where physical distancing will be difficult.
    • Regularly wash and dry your hands.
    • Exercise caution with common touch-points (e.g. gates, benches, public toilets) and wash or sanitise your hands after touching these surfaces.
    • Minimise the sharing of equipment. Equipment shared with others should be washed and dried before and after use.
    • Bring and use hand-sanitiser or soap. Food should not be shared, ditto utensils or tools.
    • Use of private transport:  If there is room on the Club bus but you choose to use private transport you may do so, but we ask that you still pay the trip fee.                                                                      If the bus is full or not used on that day, please pay the trip fee to the driver of the private vehicle used. It is the decision of the driver as to whether masks are mandatory or not                          
     At the RED Alert Level 
    •  Register for trips via our website. Non-members required to phone the Trip Organizer
    • On trips where the bus is being run, 1 metre social distancing and masks required.
    • Trip size on the bus is limited to 14 people including driver and Trip organizer to meet social distancing requirements
    • While tramping in public spaces where other  people are expected to be encountered maintain 1 metre social distancing and wear a mask

    At the Orange Alert Level


    •  

      Record keeping / scanning required. For Day Trips check the Trip Organizer or nominated Club person records your contact details (name, phone, email). The Club / Trip leaders should keep this contact list for a month, so that contact tracing will be quick if required.
    • To take part in a Club activity please scan the Club QR Code
    • Vaccine Pass required to safely allow no social distancing and run activities where people  are in close proximity to each other.
    • Face mask recommended while on the bus
    • Limit physical contact with people you do not know 
    • When recreating in public, try to keep a 1-metre distance from people you do not know if possible
    • At Huts avoid mixing with other groups or sharing facilities where physical distancing is difficult

    NSTC Committee: 24th Nov’21

  • 18 Nov 2021 9:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You can view and update your details on the Members page of the club website at nstc.org.nz/members, including:

    • Member profile - change addresses, contacts and email subscriptions
    • Privacy settings - control the data other members can see about you
    • Trip registrations - view your trip registrations
    • Invoices and payments - view your trip and membership invoices, payments and refunds
    • Password - change your password 
  • 13 Nov 2021 12:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Around 154 hectares of coastal land has been vested to Auckland Council, part of a larger 180-hectare addition to the Te Ārai Regional Park, which sits on the north-east Rodney coast. Read more about the addition here, or for information on exploring Te Arai park click here.

  • 13 Nov 2021 11:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When things don’t go to plan, your physical and emotional state can influence decision-making.  A wrong decision could have a serious, even fatal, outcome. Read more in this Wilderness article on what to do when faced with uncertainty.

  • 15 Oct 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The next edition of the club's emailed newsletter will be the last in its existing form.

    We are replacing it with a news page on the club website at https://www.nstc.org.nz/news, supplemented with emails when required.

    As a result of the changes, you'll see:

    • Better quality photos
    • New forms of media like video
    • Have the ability to add comments (members only)
    • See reports published faster, rather than every two months
    If you have a trip report that you'd like to have published, please send it, with photos, to editor@nstc.org.nz.

    Watch this space, as we'll continue to load trip reports that were previously only published in the club newsletter.

  • 15 Oct 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Update: Vicky has volunteered to be Editor and will start when we run trips again after COVID Level 3.

    Ngozi is retiring as Editor, and on behalf of members, we'd like to thank her for the awesome work she has done.

    We are now seeking a new Editor.  Are you a budding journalist, or just like working with words, who could take on the role?

    It's an important, and rewarding role as it helps keep members engaged with the club, and helps attract new members.

    We are also changing how we publish news to online only, to reduce the time needed to perform the role. The key skills needed:

    • Computer literacy - sufficient to use an equivalent to MS-Word 
    • Attention to detail - ability to spot typos, and present a professional looking, public record to the world
    You are also welcome to join the committee, but it is not a prerequisite.

    Interested? Then please contact John Lamb or a member of the committee.  Contact details are here.

  • 1 Oct 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Club takes your privacy seriously and aims to comply with the new Privacy Act which came into effect in 2020. Personal information is collected to facilitate your participation in club activities and assist with administration of the Club. The Club’s Privacy Officer is our Membership Secretary. Please contact our Membership Secretary if you have any concerns on the use of personal information - membership@nstc.org.nz.

    Your privacy and membership profile settings can be updated by logging onto your Membership details and editing information under your Profile and Privacy Settings.

    The Club shares accounts of its activities with photographs in its Newsletters and other media. This may include names of participants. Our Policy is too only to use first names in publications.

    Your membership is agreement to do this, unless you advise the Club you do not agree.

    If you would like your name and / or image to be omitted from all publications, please advise the Membership Secretary or at time of membership renewal choose the “Opt Out” option under

    > My Profile > Edit Profile > Profile > Personal Profile

    On trips if you do not wish to participant in group photos or be included in individual articles please advise your trip leader.

    If you would like your name and / or image to be omitted from all publications, please advise the Membership Secretary or at time of membership renewal choose the “Opt Out” option under

    > My Profile > Edit Profile > Profile > Personal Profile

    On trips if you do not wish to participant in group photos or be included in individual articles please advise your trip leader.

  • 13 Aug 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We set off early on Friday night leaving Takapuna by 6.30pm and arrived at Karapiro Domain sometime after 9.00 pm, to settled into our well-appointed chalets for the night.

    Saturday morning, when daylight broke, we were up early and organizing our breakfast in a slightly undersized kitchen given the size of eighteen attendees for this marvellous expedition. A quick look around the Domain for some of us, we could see what a large set up they have there to cater for all sorts of water sports and accommodation. We were on the bus and on our way to Maungatautari mountain before 8.30 am, the weather was a mix of broken cloud, fog, and sun, arriving at the mountain in no time at all we were greeted by a rather cold wind from the southwest. This did not cool our spirits any as we were excited to rip into it.

    Our mission, the short party, was to climb Mount Pukeatua and return to either the café or continue to the Sanctuary Mountain bird enclosure. The distance party were to climb Pukeatua and carry on and climb Mount Maungatautari before returning to Big yellow. Interesting Maungatautari, consists of three volcanos, rock sample taken from Maungatauari matches the same DNA as Mt Ruapehu lying some 140 kilometres directly to the South of Maungatauari. There is also forty-seven kilometres of predator fence surrounding three thousand four hundred hectares, which makes it one of the biggest pest-proofed fences in the world.

    It was a few minutes past the hour of 9.00 am with both parties leaving together, however it was not long before the distance party put some distance between our party of twelve. The track initially followed the predator fence along an access metalled track, before we were diverted off and into the bush, it was well-marked, muddy, and hilly in some places required scrambling, in general this was a rough track in places that would give us much fun and a good work out. The mountain was bush clad with areas of Kareao (supplejack), Kawakawa, Kapuka, Pungas, Totara, Kamahi and interesting, Pukatea a large tree that can grow to about thirty-five metres in height, identifiably by the base of its trunk which has plank-like buttresses.

    We had managed to slip into our raincoats just before the summit, as we had sporadic showers visiting us as we neared the summit at about 11.00 am. On our arrival at the summit, we were protested by the call of a Saddleback warning all that we had arrived, by which time we had a fair bit of cloud cover, and the distance view was a bit clouded from the rocky outlet which was the summit. We could just see to the west of us the small Mount Kakepuku which lay between us and Pirongia. Being a bit early for lunch we retreated from the summit to have a short lunch stop at the base of the summit, and the turn-off we were to take to complete our loop.

    The track we would follow was again a metal access track used for maintaining the area. We arrived back shortly after 1.00 pm and about ten and half kilometres later. While some of us retired to the café some of us visited the southern enclosure bird sanctuary the time of the day was probably not the best time to visit as the birds seem to be a little inactive from previous reports earlier in the day.

    However, we did manage to spot the odd saddle back, Kaka, north island Robin, white heads and in the creek some Koura (freshwater crayfish).

    The track was well maintained, easy and had lots of information, feeding stations and a lookout tower above the forest canopy. We manage to cover nearly five kilometres within the enclosure and by the time we got out the distance party had returned, and we were on our way back to our lodgings after a great day tramping.

    Being the night of the All Blacks versus the Wallabies game, some of us went into nearby Cambridge for dinner and watch the game, with a small intermission before half-time because of a fire alarm at the local going off.  I think that was the big event for Cambridge that evening?

    Sunday morning found some, scrambling to arrange breakfast as we had a malfunction because of our undersized kitchen, which poor Roz had to try and sort with management. We had cleaned the kitchen and chalets and Roz had it all ticked of from management by 9.00 am and we were on our way home via the Te Tapui reserve about twenty kilometres south of Morrinsville for another delightful seven-kilometre loop track, the weather was gloriously fine, and we climb to the summit which had a lookout tower.

    This was an easy little tramp, and the bush settings were just superb, truly a hidden little gem. It was one final coffee stop at Morrinsville before we were back in Takapuna in no time at all.

    A Special thank you to Roz, for her hard work organizing this fantastic, memorable fun weekend before level 4 lockdown got us. HOW LUCKY WERE WE?

    Thanks also to our drivers to Arletta and Colin.


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