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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.
Feeding the Kaka (there are three in this photo – all nibbling on peanuts) at the aviary in the Southern Enclosure within the Maungatautari Ecological Island, this afternoon, Tuesday the 17th of March 2009. Feeding times are 9:30am and 3:30pm daily. BTW MEIT are running a naming competition for these lovable characters. You can enter here – SUBJECT: KAKA COMPETITION.
Have a look here to see how to get there. Or download this MEIT map [PDF].
Passionate MEIT guide and photographer Phil Brown, tonight Saturday the 17th of January 2009, sharies his enthusiasm for the regenerating flora and fauna in the Maungatautari Ecological Island. What a great experience – the night time bush vividly alive with stories, anecdotes, knowledge and delightful creepy crawlies. For information about taking the Maungatautari After Dark guided night walk contact Out in the Styx Café & Guesthouse Pukeatua – 0800 461 559 – Bookings are essential.
The Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust held an open day today, Sunday the 7th of September 2008, to celebrate Conservation Week 2008 and the unveiling of directional and interpretive signage sponsored by power generation company Mighty River Power.
Visitors admire new signage at the MEIT southern enclosure at Pukeatua.
David Wallace Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust Chair of Trustees with Mighty River Power representatives.
David Wallace chatting with Dad.
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Jim Mylchreest chief executive of the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust speaking today, Sunday the 7th of September 2008, at the southern enclosure Pukeatua.
Phil Brown‘s photographs can be found here.
(This is a bit of an experiment – I should have done so long ago. It works! There will be more.)