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We are at the western lights, on the Maungatautari side of Lake Karapiro, waiting for opposing traffic to clear the one lane that tops the hydro dam so we can cross to the Karapiro side and Karapiro Hydro Village. Though this is not the purpose of this photograph. I’ve talked about the concept Township before. And of course we are launching forth into that disagreeable season of the Big Little Town or is it Little Big Town promotion that Fieldays inflicts upon Cambridge once a year. Grr.
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American PhD (Cultural Anthropology) student and New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS) recepient Matthew Harms – has a blog at Kiwi Chronicles. Here is a run down of what he’s up to – (from the 2009 NZIDRS recipient list).
Matthew HARMS – University of Waikato (Cultural Anthropology)
The community based Maungatautari Ecological Island project (MEIT) has since 2002, fenced a 3400 hectare montane area, removed non-native mammalian pests, and reintroduced native biota. From an anthropological standpoint, the project’s success likely comes from a degree of collaboration among the community’s Maori and Pakeha members. Matthew proposes to build upon his Masters research into the sociocultural and historical factors associated with New Zealand’s community based conservation, and will investigate the actual influence of these factors and the extent of biculturalism attained in the MEIT project. He intends to conduct fieldwork while living in the Waipa district to perform project volunteer work that will permit conversational interviewing and discussion with community/project members in a connected, mutually-beneficial relationship. In addition, he plans to highlight key findings by comparing the factors of the MEIT community and project to those at work in an aptly parallel (postcolonial, Polynesian minority) Hawaii.
The trust which oversees the Maungatautari Ecological Island appears to be in major shake-up mode.
The organisation’s four paid staff face the axe, one trustee has resigned in protest over how it has been handled and its chief excutive is “totally disappointed”.
Maungatautari – by me.
From Emanuels – Lake Karapiro Lodge at Piarere, above State Highway One – Tirau Road and the Waikato river/Lake Karapiro looking south west beyond Lake Karapiro to the foothills of Maungatautari at Pukekura, south of Cambridge and Leamington. This morning lodge owners Ann and Eddie Rompelberg hosted the monthly Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Network over Coffee at their beautiful home and luxury lodge.