Festival will celebrate Sanctuary's achievements

Festival will celebrate Sanctuary's achievements

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Despite happening on April fool’s day, the FMG Rotokare Sanctuary Education Festival is no joke, offering advice, entertainment and inspiration to celebrate the community’s contribution to building this unique wildlife reserve.

The Festival, on 1 April 2012, will include food, entertainment, guided walks, and an expert advice tent to answer burning questions about your own ecological project. Access is free thanks for the support of Sanctuary partner FMG.

“The sanctuary has been created over the last eight years by a passionate and committed team of locals and local businesses,” says Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust Chair Mike Weren.

“Since we began this project in 2004, we’ve had incredible support from the community, which has enabled us to make significant progress towards developing a nationally recognised sanctuary for wildlife, without compromising the Reserve’s existing unique recreational and cultural values.”

“This is an opportunity to do something special to say thanks to everyone who has helped us get where we are today, and introduce what we’re doing to a wider audience,” says Mike.

One aspect of the Festival – the expert advice tent - comes in response to the number of public enquiries and questions the trust is receiving.

“We regularly find ourselves answering a diverse range of technical questions – like what’s the plant in a photo or which bird made that noise. We’re happy to pass on all the knowledge we’ve built up over the years at Rotokare,” says Trustee Joe Menzies.

The advice tent and will be staffed by Trust members and many other experts from across the Taranaki region, covering subjects as diverse as pest control, planting, botany, protecting bush and more.

Even if you’re not after any advice, there is plenty more on offer including boat rides, activities for the kids, a wildlife area for you to get up close and personal with live weta and lizards, music, and a fascinating talk series in the on-site historic classroom and even stoat traps for sale.

Located 12km east of Eltham, the Rotokare Scenic Reserve spans 230 hectares of bush around Lake Rotokare. The area is surrounded by a predator-proof fence, and an extensive trapping programme has been undertaken to create a regenerating native environment.


Rotokare Sanctuary Festival, Sunday 1 April 2012, 10.00am – 3.00pm.
Lake Rotokare Scenic Reserve, Sangster Road, signposted from Eltham.

Contact:        Kara Prankerd, Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust
Tel: 06 764 8500