Date: 16 April 2014
By Steve Brightwell
Eastern Bay of Plenty has recently welcomed two new Kiwi Ranger programmes in Te Urewera and Whakatane.
Kiwi Ranger is a fun, interactive programme offered free to kids of all ages, and is available in a range of places around New Zealand.
Nukuhou Saltmarsh provides a close up experience with fernbirds and other wetland species as part of Footsteps of Toi
Kiwi Ranger Te Urewera
The sea to the sky vertigraph features as part Footsteps of Toi's treasure hunt
Kiwi Ranger Te Urewera was launched during the Variety Club's annual bash when a celebrity travelling roadshow stopped overnight at Lake Waikaremoana Holiday Park.
The launch was well-received by a small but enthusiastic group of children who undertook a special Kiwi Ranger-esque scavenger hunt within the holiday park grounds.
Kiwi Ranger Te Urewera is based on the locations in and around Waikaremoana.
At its heart, the programme is very much about the culture—Ngāi Tūhoe—which pervades Te Urewera.
Kiwi Ranger Whakatane
Footsteps of Toi
Footsteps of Toi is about discovering a whole lot of exciting things in public spaces.
The programme takes in reserves, urban areas and beaches all around Whakatane, introducing children and their families to the rich history and the wealth of biodiversity restoration in the area.
Partnership Ranger Bridget Palmer said that everyone who took part in the launch had a great time. Even dyed-in-the-wool locals made a few discoveries.
"That's what it's all about for us really—making the visit to Whakatane a richer experience and hopefully giving people a better connection to the place."