Rod Donald Trust
Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust
The Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust works in partnership with others to promote access, biodiversity and knowledge of Banks Peninsula. It is named after MP Rod Donald, the highly respected Green Party co-leader, who sadly died in 2005, and had stood as the candidate for Banks Peninsula in many elections.
The Trust is delighted be part of the pan-peninsula organising partnership for this festival facilitating local guides and to showcase progress on some of our projects:
The new Rod Donald Hut formally opened to the public on the first day of the 2015 Banks Peninsula Walking Festival. It provides a much needed second night of accommodation on the Summit Walkway – a wonderful tramp linking the Lyttelton crater to the Akaroa crater along the peninsula’s central high ridgeline. The Trust is working in partnership with Department of Conservation to develop the Summit Walkway into an introductory tramping experience aimed at Christchurch families and youth groups. After opening the new hut will be available to the public, but overnight users must book bunks via the DOC online booking system.
The Packhorse Hut has been seismic strengthened and given a spruce up by DOC as their contribution. Walkers intending to stay overnight must also now book a bunk. This is to help novice tramper families and youth groups ensure they have a bed for the night.
Purple Peak Curry Reserve, 190ha high above Akaroa has been purchased by a consortium of this Trust, the Native Forest Restoration Trust, and Christchurch City Council. The reserve will be managed by Hugh Wilson and his team from neighbouring Hinewai to foster biodiversity recovery. Hugh will be leading a preview walk on a new track in the festival, prior to the reserve’s formal opening next year.
Panama Reserve – the Trust has added 104ha to the Josef Langer Trust’s reserve at Le Bons Bay. Reserve Manager Robin Burleigh will lead a walk including new track areas under the Panana lava dyke.
If you want to find out more about all the public walks on Banks Peninsula, check our comprehensive new website www.bankspeninsulawalks.co.nz or pop into a Peninsula Visitor Centre or the DOC Visitor Centre in Christchurch to obtain our reference book “Banks Peninsula Walks Overview”. You will also find our new brochures detailing the many walks around Akaroa and the Bays and we hope to have the first of our new brochures on walks in the Lyttelton Basin available in time for the Festival.
THE PURPLE PEAK CURRY RESERVE was opened on Saturday 27 February 2016. . Guest speakers included Hugh Wilson. The purchase of the new 192ha reserve formerly farmed by the Curry Family was made possible through a three way funding partnership between the Native Forest Restoration Trust, Christchurch City Council and The Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust. The new reserve, which includes a mix of remanent old growth and regenerating forest with wonderful views over Akaroa, will be managed by the Maurice White Native Forest Trust under the watchful eye of Hinewai Reserve manager and renowned botanist Hugh Wilson.
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