Calendar of Events
Here are some of the key events that the Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust and key partners are planning for the balance of 2017.
Kiwi Release - Saturday 29th April, 2017
Tree Planting - Anzac Day 2017
Plant Native Trees in the Rimutaka Forest Park as part of Serve for NZ!
Tuesday April 25 (Anzac Day)
Catchpool Centre, Rimutaka Forest Park
Serve for NZ is a new initiative encouraging people to give an hour of their time to their local communities on Anzac Day in 2017. It’s backed by HRH Prince Harry, the RSA, and the Student Volunteer Army, amongst others. As Prince Harry says; It’s all about remembering the service of others in the past, and continuing that tradition of generosity and sacrifice in a practical way.
One of our favourite places in the Hutt is the Rimutaka Forest Park, a truly beautiful place right on our doorstep. Since 2009, the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust has been working to restore native forest in the Catchpool valley, in order to quickly restore the original biodiversity of the area and to provide plenty of food and a healthy habitat for indigenous species of birds, lizards, freshwater fish and invertebrates.
We're organising a team of people to come and spend some time in the park on Anzac Day, to help out the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust.
We’ll be getting rid of weeds and planting some new native trees and plants. Together, we can help restore the Catchpool Valley to its former glory.
We’ll meet at 1.30pm - at the Catchpool Centre - and go on from there. You just need to bring warm clothes (including a jacket), sturdy footwear suitable for the bush, sun-screen, water, and anything else you think you’ll need!
Tools, plants, gloves etc. will be provided.
Kiwi Aversion Training for Dogs - Saturday 12th November & Sunday 13th November, 2016
Attention Dog Owners:
Rimutaka Forest Park Trust is running two days of kiwi aversion training sessions for hunting or pet dogs on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November with our experienced trainer, Jim Pottinger.
This training is for dogs that are due a refresher course and also for new dogs.
The training will be held at the Catchpool Centre near the main entrance to the Rimutaka Forest Park, 300m in from the Coast Road, Wainuiomata.
This is provided to you at a small cost of $10 per dog (up to a maximum of $30 for 3 or more dogs). We have some sponsorship which will cover the remaining training fee.
Get your dog trained:
Would you ike to book in your dog/s? We will try to accommodate your preferred time; morning, midday or afternoon, but times need to be little flexible as the time taken to train a dog varies from 10 minutes to 20 minutes and some time slots are more popular. For a booking we need your preferred day and time plus full name and phone number and your dog’s name.
Please reply by email, to Rosemary Thompson .
RFPT 2016 AGM
Our Annual General Meeting was held at the Petone Library meeting room on Thursday 22nd of September, 2016.
The AGM was followed by an excellent address from Karen Fifield, CEO Wellington Zoo, on the topic "The Role of the Modern Zoo."
Catchpool Earth Day 2016
Friday 22nd April, 2016 9:30 - 12:30
Join DOC, Hutt City Council, the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust, US Ambassador Mark Gilbert and the US Embassy Team at a tree planting and conservation celebration event at the Catchpool Valley, Rimutaka Forest Park.
This will mark the official opening of our latest Eco-Hotspot in the Catchpool Valley and the US Embassy Team will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks Service in the USA.
Meet at the Trust kiosk at the top car park at 9:30am.
Wear outdoor clothes and sturdy footwear suitable for tree planting and an easy walk through beautiful native bush.
This is a Free Event. Trees and tools supplied by the Catchpool Restoration Project.
Kiwi Aversion Training for Dogs
Dear Dog owners,
We are running a one day kiwi aversion training for hunting or pet dogs on Sunday 1 May, 2016 with our experienced trainer, Jim Pottinger.
Dogs find the smell of kiwi irresistible and only have to clamp their jaws on a kiwi to kill it.
This training helps protect the 100 kiwi in the park.
The training will be held at the Catchpool Visitors Centre in the Rimutaka Forest Park, Wainuiomata. This is provided to you at a small cost of $10 per dog up to a maximum of $30 for 3 or more dogs. (We have some sponsorship which will cover the remaining training fee).
If you would like to book in your dog(s), please contact Rosemary Thompson on (04) 569 4764 or 021 044 3279 or email email@example.com
We will try and accommodate your preferred time, morning, midday or afternoon, but times need to be little flexible as the time taken to train a dog varies from 10 minutes to 20 minutes.
For a booking we need your full name and contact details, your dog’s name and your preferred time.
Little Blue Penguins avoidance training for dogs will be held in Eastbourne on Saturday 30 April with Jim.
To find out more and book in please email Sally Bain firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you From the team at the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust.
Trust End of Year Barbecue
Sunday 29th November, 2015 - 4pm
Kiwi Aversion Training for Dogs
Saturday 7th November and Sunday 8th November
Sunday 8th November, 2014 - 9am to 3pm
Waitangi Park - Wellington Waterfront
As one of the last activities during Conservation Week, Pest-Fest is a barrel of fun and a brilliant day out for the entire family.
There'll be games, activities, demonstrations, information on NZ plant and animal pests and how so many community organisations and volunteers are working alongside local, regional and central government agencies to protect our native wildlife.
For more information, call Christine Poad, (DOC) on 027 819 1939 - or download the Pest-Fest flyer... (PDF format)
Annual General Meeting
Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust Inc.
Tuesday 20th October 2015 - 7.30pm
Petone Library Meeting Rooms,
54 Richmond St, Petone
The AGM will be followed by an address by Dr Hugh Robertson, an eminent wildlife scientist & ecologist with long experience in kiwi research.
‘Can the Decline of Kiwi be Reversed?’
Thursday 30th July, 2015 at 6.30pm
Please join us in fundraising for the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust featuring a screening of 'Mr Holmes' - starring Ian McKellen.
This event will take place at the Light House Cinema, 52 Beach Road, Petone.
The price for your ticket includes a glass of wine and nibbles. (Single admission, $25.)
Tickets are available now from Peter Harvey, on 027 446 8117 - or Rosemary Thompson, on 04 569 4764.
Open Day - Catchpool
Sunday 2nd November, 2014 - 10.00am to 2.00pm
Celebrate Conservation Week by learning more about the kiwi practically in your backyard! You’re invited to join the outdoor festivities at Rimutaka Forest Park. There will be lots of fun, exciting activities going on throughout the day, ranging from live music to painting eggs for stoat traps.
We will also be launching the highly-anticipated Wellington Kiwi Ranger! This is a free interactive programme offered to kids of all ages encouraging kids to get out and explore nature. All you have to do is pick-up the free booklet, complete the activities, and earn your official Kiwi Ranger Badge! So, bring the kids and family—this day will be chock-full of good times to be had!
This free event will include:
- free sausage sizzle
- live music and entertainment
- kiwi Ranger launch
- seed collecting and plant activities
- specially trained kiwi dog demo
- kiwi crafts
- a visit from Rimu the kiwi
- tracking kiwi game
- talk on freshwater critters.
There is no better way to “discover the world you live in” for Conservation Week than coming to visit your local Forest Park.
Sunday 2 November 2014
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Catchpool Centre, Rimutaka Forest Park.
Phone: +64 4 470 8434
Kiwi Aversion Training for your Dog - 11th October, 2014
The next Kiwi Aversion Training sessions for dogs will be held on Saturday 11th October, 2014 at the Catchpool Centre, Rimutaka Forest Park.
The training for your dog is FREE, thanks to generous sponsorship (though donations to the Trust are always helpful in support of our programmes in the park.)
Book NOW! For more information, contact Melody McLaughlin, on (04) 564 6213 or 027 452 4982.
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 9th September 2014
The Annual General Meeting of the Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust
will be held on Tuesday 9th September at the Life City Church, 1-3
Parkway, Wainuiomata, commencing at 7.30 pm.
We have arranged a very topical and interesting after AGM speaker, Kevin Hackwell, Advocacy Manager, Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand'.
Kevin will give us an illustrated address on a fascinating new biodiversity conservation project “A Vision of a predator-free New Zealand, Our equivalent to putting a man on the moon?”
RFPT 25th Jubilee Charity Art Sale
The Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style this year, thanks to generous donations from two local artists and a private donor.
Artists Phil Waddington and Janet Andrews are showing their support for conservation and our community group by each donating original art works to the Trust for sale.
And a private donor has offered a truly magnificent original work by Jeanette Blackburn for sale! (Details here...)
Anyone wishing to view these paintings should contact Rosemary Thompson on (04) 569 4764, or email the Trust at email@example.com. The prices cited here are value estimates only and all sales will be via private negotiations.
25th Anniversary Celebrations
The Rimutaka Forest Park Trust will mark its 25th year since inception on Saturday, 12th October, 2013 with a celebratory dinner on the Esplanade at Petone complete with fine food, speeches and an amazing 25th Jubilee Art Sale of works by top NZ artists.
Full details here..."Time to Celebrate!"
The Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, 15th October, 2013 - 7.30pm
The Trust's AGM will again be held at the Wainuiomata Public Library and will provide members and guests with a full update on the Trust's recent activities, a financial report and an outline of our plans for the future. All Welcome!
The Guest Speaker will be Dr Barry Dent.
We hope that members and volunteers will come and support your society as it moves ahead to continue progress with Rimutaka forest conservation for the next 25 years. Some members of your committee will be retiring this year, so we hope that members and volunteers will consider election to the committee.