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Walking Access – the Curly Questions Seminar report released

July 28th, 2017
Back in June the Trust held a seminar to thank you landowners who allow public walking access across their land, and to answer […]
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BPCT AGM

July 27th, 2017
You know you must be doing something right when 70 people attend your AGM on a wet and windy night and everyone is […]
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Diamond Harbour brochure underway

July 7th, 2017
Last year Lyttelton Information Centre invited the Trust to produce walking brochures describing the many walks in the Lyttelton harbour basin, and we […]
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Banks Peninsula Walking Festival underway

July 1st, 2017
The Banks Peninsula Walking Festival will run on four weekends in November. The only pan-Peninsula event, the festival is co-produced by Project Lyttelton, […]
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Input to Council plans!

June 30th, 2017
Sharpen your thoughts around biodiversity and access on Banks Peninsula. Christchurch City Council has begun its initial consultations on Reserve Management plans for […]
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Updated signage

June 15th, 2017
The Trust and Christchurch City Council collaborated on a joint project to update the Akaroa Country Walks trail head boards and these were […]
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Walking Access – the Curly Questions

June 9th, 2017
The Rod Donald Trust hosted a well-attended seminar and panel discussion at Kaituna Homestead on June 9 to help landowners better understand where […]
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Youth trips

June 7th, 2017
Youth groups keep on coming up with creative ways to enjoy Rod Donald Hut.  Enjoy this video made by Stephanie Barbier and the […]
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Welcome new Trustees and Farewell to retiring Trustees

May 29th, 2017
Trust welcomes aboard four new Trustees: Richard Suggate, Bryan Storey, Maureen McCloy and Paul McNoe starting July 1.  All have strong connections with […]
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Recreation and Tourism in Protected Natural Areas

May 24th, 2017
Trust Manager Suky Thompson gave a guest lecture on Long Distance Walking Trails, exploring the issues around sustainability and using Te Ara Pātaka […]
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Predator Free Banks Peninsula scoping analysis report

May 3rd, 2017
Lincoln University has now released the Predator Free Banks Peninsula Scoping analysis report as LEAP Research Paper number 44. The Trust commissioned the […]
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Rod Donald Hut popular with families and youth groups

April 27th, 2017
Rod Donald Hut seems to be getting a reputation as a great place to take kids for their first tramp. Our latest statistics […]
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Amazing old map

April 19th, 2017
The Trust was excited to receive this amazing old map and book entry from YHA Corporate Services Manager Maureen McCloy. YHA was started […]
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Expressions of Interest period closed

April 18th, 2017
The period for Expression of Interest closed on March 31 and the Trust has been absolutely delighted with the response from so many highly […]
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Community Board update presentation and Walking Festival launch

April 10th, 2017
Trust Manager Suky Thompson met with the new Banks Peninsula Community Board at a workshop on April 10 and gave a presentation to […]
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Predator Free Banks Peninsula: Scoping Analysis seminar, 7 April, 2017

April 7th, 2017
With the New Zealand government setting an aspirational goal of a Predator Free New Zealand by 2050, the Trust funded a summer scholarship […]
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Monument South Track marked

March 29th, 2017
Trust contractor David Brailsford accompanied by Trust Manager Suky Thompson spent a happy morning installing bright orange track markers on the Monument South […]
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New Trustees sought

February 24th, 2017
Are you passionate about Banks Peninsula? Keen on walking and tramping and with skills in financial management or negotiation?  The Trust is now […]
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Massive fires in Port Hills

February 17th, 2017
Our hearts go out to everyone who loves the Port Hills and has worked for so many years to bring back native forest […]
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New entrance to Montgomery Reserve

December 27th, 2016
The Trust was delighted that the Hilltop Tavern owner and lessee agreed with us that it would be much better if Te Ara […]
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Farewell to Assistant Manager Sarah Pritchett

December 16th, 2016
Sadly Sarah Pritchett has decided it’s time to move on from her role with the Trust as its assistant manager. Sarah brought her […]
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Te Ara Pātaka (Summit Walkway) formal opening and Harry Ell Centenary

November 26th, 2016
On Saturday 26 November over a hundred people, including Peninsula historian Gordon Ogilvie,  braved strong nor’west winds ascending Mt Herbert, the highest point […]
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Banks Peninsula Walking Festival off to a great start

November 6th, 2016
The 2016 Banks Peninsula Walking Festival kicked off with great weather on Saturday November 5th.  The Penguins of Godley Head group enjoyed fabulous […]
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Strategic Planning meeting at Kaituna Homestead

October 30th, 2016
Kaituna Homestead proved an excellent venue for the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust’s annual strategic planning meeting. Trustees identified securing public access as […]
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Annual Review and Report

October 13th, 2016
The Trust’s Annual Report and Review has now been approved by the Trustees and submitted to the Christchurch City Council as part of […]
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Get your boots on and book a walk

October 10th, 2016
Get your boots on because the Banks Peninsula Walking Festival is now open for bookings. Birds, botany, camping, dogs, families, penguins, period costume, […]
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Banks Peninsula Walking Festival 2016

September 21st, 2016
The Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust is proud to be co-leading this year’s Banks Peninsula Walking Festival with festival founder Project Lyttelton. The […]
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Farewell to Stewart Miller

July 21st, 2016
In June the Trust farewelled Trustee Stewart Miller who has been with the Trust since its inception. Stewart has been a Banks Peninsula […]
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Youthtown overnighter to Rod Donald Hut

June 3rd, 2016
A youthful crew from Youthtown recently took on the challenge of an overnight walk to the Rod Donald Hut. They started from the […]
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Newsletter Storehouse Stories

May 28th, 2016
The Trust has just issued its 2016 Newsletter. Read about our busy year and progress with Te Ara Pātaka, Purple Peak Curry Reserve, […]
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A photogenic spot

April 19th, 2016
Trust manager Suky Thompson and contractor Steffan Kraberger were recently up at the Packhorse Track behind Mt Bradley identifying the next batch of […]
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New name for the Summit Walkway – Te Ara Pātaka

March 9th, 2016
The name Te Ara Pātaka has been now been chosen for the track that covers Gebbies Pass to the Hilltop by the four […]
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Track improvements appreciated

March 9th, 2016
Track improvements on Te Ara Pātaka in Montgomery Reserve were recently tested out and appreciated by Akaroa’s “Women Out Walking” group. Being a […]
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A wonderful day to open the new Purple Peak Curry Reserve

March 2nd, 2016
The Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust and the Hinewai team are buzzing after a wonderful official opening of the Purple Peak Curry Reserve […]
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Waitangi Day at Ōnuku marae

February 15th, 2016
Each year a South Island marae hosts the official Waitangi Day commemorations on behalf of Ngāi Tahu. This year it was the turn […]
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Christchurch Tramping Club tests out the track

January 28th, 2016
The Christchurch Tramping Club recently tested out the Summit Walkway from Gebbies Pass to Hill Top. They skipped the Packhorse and did the […]
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Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust receives Customer Service Award

January 13th, 2016
Akaroa District Promotions has awarded the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust with a Customer Service Award. The Award, which is sponsored by the […]
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Akaroa Public Access Stalwart receives recognition

January 13th, 2016
Akaroa local Lynne Alexander recently received recognition from the Walking Access Commission for her significant work in improving public access to the outdoors, […]
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Work begins on Summit Walkway track upgrade

January 13th, 2016
DOC and the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust have begun work on their joint Summit Walkway upgrade project with track work in the […]
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The 2015 Banks Peninsula Walking Festival

December 7th, 2015
November has come and gone and with it the annual Banks Peninsula Walking Festival, which is coordinated by Project Lyttelton. 39 opportunities were […]
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Rod Donald Hut Opening Celebrations

November 12th, 2015
A perfectly still and sunny day marked the official opening of the Rod Donald Hut on Saturday the 7th November. It was ten […]
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The Rod Donald Hut officially open

October 20th, 2015
The new Rod Donald Hut near Waipuna Saddle provided by Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust quietly opened to the public on October 15. […]
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Rod Donald Hut now open to the public

October 6th, 2015
The Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust is proud to announce that the hut is now open for public bookings through the DOC online […]
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Annual Review and Report

October 5th, 2015
Read the Chairman’s message and a summary of our achievements and progress in 2014-15 in our Annual Review.  If you’d like the information […]
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The Banks Peninsula Walking Festival is back

October 3rd, 2015
Bookings are open for the annual Banks Peninsula Walking Festival which showcases the wonderful walking opportunities on this special part of Canterbury. The […]
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The Trustees Field Trip

October 3rd, 2015
The nine Trustees of the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust recently enjoyed a day out on the Banks Peninsula visiting sites of interest […]
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Will’s First Overnight Tramp

October 3rd, 2015
“This is the best day ever, and last night was the best night ever” was Will’s declaration on waking at the Rod Donald […]
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Rod Donald Hut open for private bookings

August 12th, 2015
While the official opening of the Rod Donald Hut is a couple of months away it is now open to tramping and youth […]
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Walking Strategy updated

July 8th, 2015
The Trust first published its Walking and Cycling Strategy two years ago, stating that it would be a living document and updated as […]
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Farewell to retiring Trustees

June 28th, 2015
A heartfelt and sad farewell was given to three retiring Trustees at a lunch at Riccarton House on Friday the 19th June. Garry […]
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Koukourarata Hui

June 28th, 2015
Koukourarata Hui Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust staff and Trustees were given a warm welcome at a Koukourarata Hui on Sunday the 14th […]
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New Trustees Confirmed

June 3rd, 2015
Three new Trustees have been confirmed to replace the two Trustees Nuk Korako and Claudia Reid whose positions expire at the end of […]
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Rangiora Tramping Club helps with working bee

June 3rd, 2015
The RDBPT held its first working bee on May 22nd with the help of the Rangiora Tramping Club. Club members Jill, Helen, Prue […]
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Rod Donald Trust Summer Scholarship Research Results

May 20th, 2015
Banks Peninsula tracks are under-utilised by Christchurch youth organizations, according to the second Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust ‘Summer Scholarship’. Lincoln University student […]
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A 7th Birthday Party at the Rod Donald Hut

May 15th, 2015
It was a 7th birthday party with a difference. There was no party at Mcdonalds, Clip n’ Climb, Inflatable World or Garden City […]
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Newsletter March 2015

March 12th, 2015
The second issue of Storehouse Stories, the newsletter of the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust is now available. Find out about the new […]
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Expression of Interest for Trustee Position

March 6th, 2015
Garry Moore is retiring at the end of July as are long serving Trustees Claudia Reid and Nuk Korako whose terms expire then. […]
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Spine of the Lizard update

March 5th, 2015
“The Trust is very proud to be leading the “Spine of the Lizard” project,” says Garry Moore. “It furthers the vision of Christchurch […]
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Walking maps and brochures

March 5th, 2015
The Trust has several walking resources to help those of you who want to explore the peninsula.  These include our new website www.bpwalks.co.nz, […]
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Banks Peninsula Walking Festival 2014

March 5th, 2015
The second Banks Peninsula Walking Festival expanded on last year’s offerings and extended over four weekends in November. This year’s festival featured local […]
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Biodiversity gains as two reserves extend in size

March 5th, 2015
The Rod Donald Trust has joined forces with two other trusts to enlarge two of the Peninsula’s independent  reserves, the Joseph Langer Trust […]
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SAANZ Outdoor Recreation and wellbeing

December 18th, 2014
In conjunction with the Lincoln University, the Trust presented to the SAANZ (Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand – http://www.arts.canterbury.ac.nz/lsap/saanz/index.shtml) annual conference on […]
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New Hut

December 16th, 2014
Several months ago the Trust became the proud owner of a property near the Summit Walkway – close to the Port Levy Saddle […]
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Spine of the Lizard Photo competition

December 16th, 2014
The Trust launched its  2014-15 photo competition on November 8 to coincide with the Banks Peninsula Walking Festival.  This year our topic is the Spine […]
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Carbon Credits Workshop

October 8th, 2014
The Trust held a workshop in early October to investigate whether registering native forest restoration properties for carbon credits can assist with their […]
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New Trustees

August 9th, 2014
The Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of two new Trustees, Bob Webster and Brian Patrick. A high country tenure lease review […]
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NEXT Foundation

July 16th, 2014
The Trust congratulates the NEXT Foundation on the success of its first Expression of Interest process.  The NEXT Foundation is a new organisation […]
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Property purchase

July 16th, 2014
The Trust is excited to announce that it is in the process of purchasing a property near Waipuna Saddle along the Summit Walkway. […]
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