A week of firsts at Te Pae Tata 

The buzz at Te Pae Tata in Ohākune continues to build.

Created as one of the 23 community-based solutions currently being implemented as part of Ngāti Rangi's Ruapehu Whānau Transformation Plan [RWT], the Ruapehu Community Learning and Tech Hub is just a week away from opening.

Project Manager Erena Mikaere-Most and the team have had an exciting few weeks as painters put the finishing touches to the old senior block at the College.

"Phase one of transforming this space into a one-stop community learning centre and conference facility is nearly complete and planning is well underway in developing courses and programmes that are going to cater to the needs of our Raetihi, Ohākune and Waiouru communities whether you are 100-years-old or just five.

"Earlier this month we ran a highly successful computer science trial programme for kids and last Thursday we hosted Poutama Trust who bought together some of the country's leading high-tech Māori entrepreneurs and experts for their Digital Cluster conference.

"It was perfect timing for us, the team is buzzing after the 'Silicon Maunga' hui.

"It was good to have that korero in this whare ahead of opening next week.

"The wealth of knowledge shared with us by the speakers showcased the world of exciting high-tech possibilities, it was inspiring."

Photo: Last Thursday the Poutama Trust's Digital Cluster hui bought together some of the country's leading high-tech Māori entrepreneurs and experts to share and inspire.

On Saturday a small karakia was held at the space to receive blessing from Ngāti Rangi ahead of all the new activities and initiatives being launched.

"This was also an opportunity for us to share our RWT journey and Te Pae Tata vision with some of our uri who haven't heard it in detail, particularly those who don't live at home.

"This was an important step for us, for our team, to set us on the right path to make this space a success for everyone as we embark on an exciting new journey."

Te Pae Tata opens to the public next Tuesday and an official launch and community open day is also currently being planned.

 

Posted by 31 May 2016 16:59:00

Volcanic advisory modified for Ruapehu’s summit craters area 

From the Department

DOC recommends people do not enter the crater basin area beyond Dome Ridge or low points on the active crater rim, or camp anywhere in the summit craters or in the upper parts of valleys draining the crater basin. This reduces the area of caution from 2 km (the Summit Hazard Zone) advised by DOC on 11 May 2016. 

Normal operations continue for visitors to all areas outside the summit craters and upper valleys. 

GNS Science issued a Volcanic Alert Bulletin on 11 May raising the Volcanic Alert Level from 1 to 2 (elevated volcanic unrest) due to heating of the Crater Lake and other associated indicators of increased volcanic unrest. 

GNS Science has continued to monitor the volcano closely and on 17 May issued a second Bulletin noting early signs the heating might have peaked. Their ongoing monitoring has clarified some of the uncertainty about the unrest situation. 

"The lake temperature has started to fall, although the gas emission and volcanic tremor remain elevated, so the Volcanic Alert Level for Mt Ruapehu remains at Level 2”, says Nico Fournier GNS Science Head of Volcanology. 

“There is now less volcanic risk to climbers and others wanting to visit the upper part of the mountain,” concludes Dr Harry Keys, DOC’s Technical Advisor Volcanology.  

“However, climbers and others visiting the summit area, should minimise their time in this area and in the upper parts of valleys on the mountain”, he says. “This includes the floors of the higher valleys draining the crater basin area.” 

People away from the volcano are not affected and visitors are not being warned to stay away from the mountain. “The public at all three ski areas, roads and areas surrounding the mountain were not, and are not, affected by this advisory” says Paul Carr, Operations Manager for Tongariro National Park. 

“We know Ruapehu continues to be one of the more unpredictable volcanoes, which is why we issue advisories when there is extra concern for public safety on the mountain” he said. 

“Full winter conditions now exist on the mountain. People going above the parks’ road ends should be fully equipped with alpine clothing, crampons and ice axe, know how to use them and take account of the weather forecast ” he said.

The level of unrest at Mt Ruapehu is continually monitored by GNS Science through the GeoNet project. The aim is to ensure any changes in the volcanic state are detected at the earliest possible time and communicated to DOC and Ruapehu Alpine Lifts so appropriate procedures can be put in place.

Posted by 25 May 2016 12:17:00

Volcanic gas output increases at Ruapehu, Volcanic Alert Level raised to Level 2 

From GNS

We made two monitoring visits to Mt Ruapehu yesterday, one was a gas flight to measure the gas output and the other was to sample the Crater Lake water and make additional ground based gas measurements. Volcanic gas measurements indicate an increase in the amount of both carbon dioxide (CO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) output. The ground based gas measurements were complimentary to the airborne data.

Seismic activity at Mt Ruapehu is usually dominated by volcanic tremor. Since the volcanic earthquakes in late April the seismicity has been dominated by volcanic tremor at varying levels. The level of tremor has increased but is not exceptional in terms of the last few years.

The temperature of the Crater Lake as measured by a data logger near the outlet has been rising and since mid-April 2016 and has risen from 25 °C to 46 °C. For the last couple of days it has ranged between 45 and 46 oC.

Taken together these data now indicate more volcanic unrest at Mt Ruapehu. The increased gas output coupled with high heat flow and volcanic tremor imply a higher likelihood of activity. At this time these changes at Ruapehu are considered sufficient to change the Volcanic Alert Level. The volcanic alert level for Mt Ruapehu is now raised to Volcanic Alert Level 2 (moderate to heightened unrest). The Aviation Colour Code has also changed, from Green to Yellow.

GNS Science volcanologists continue to closely monitor Ruapehu through the GeoNet project.

Recent visits to the volcano have confirmed an increase in the output of volcanic gas from Mt Ruapehu’s Crater Lake. Moderate levels of volcanic tremor continue and the lake temperature measured by the outlet data logger is 45 oC. The increase in gas output, the high lake temperature and continued seismicity suggest that Ruapehu is at a higher level of volcanic unrest. As a result, GNS scientists revise the Volcanic Alert Level to Level 2 (moderate to heightened unrest). The Aviation Colour Code is also changed, from Green to Yellow. 

GNS Science volcanologists continue to closely monitor Ruapehu through the GeoNet project 

Posted by 11 May 2016 13:27:00

Volcanic earthquake swarm declines, lake stops heating 

From GNS

The volcanic earthquake swarm which intensified at Mt Ruapehu around April 25-26 is now declining and the Crater Lake temperature has peaked at 42 °C. A short period of moderate volcanic tremor was recorded on Monday afternoon. Mt Ruapehu remains at Volcanic Alert Level 1 (Minor volcanic unrest).

Since April 25-26 we have been recording a volcanic earthquake swarm beneath the Crater Lake of Mt Ruapehu. The number of events and size has now declined. Swarms of volcanic earthquakes like these are uncommon on Ruapehu in recent years. Seismic activity at Mt Ruapehu is usually dominated by volcanic tremor. A period of moderate volcanic tremor lasting about an hour was recorded from 13:10h on Monday 2 May.

The temperature of the Crater Lake has been rising and since mid-April 2016. It has risen from 25 °C to 42 °C and is now equal to the highest recorded since 2011. The temperature appears to have reached a maximum and no increase has been recorded in the last day.

Currently we are uncertain of the implications of the recent observations. However at this time these changes at Ruapehu are not considered insufficient to change the volcanic alert level. The volcanic alert level for Mt Ruapehu remains at Volcanic Alert Level 1 (Minor volcanic unrest).

GNS Science volcanologists continue to closely monitor Ruapehu through the GeoNet project.

Posted by 03 May 2016 11:12:00

Swarm of Volcanic earthquakes at Ruapehu 

Ruapehu Volcanic Update from GNS:

Over the last few days there has been a volcanic earthquake swarm at Mt Ruapehu. 
The Crater Lake temperature is now 40 °C. Mt Ruapehu remains at Volcanic Alert Level 1 (Minor volcanic unrest).

Since April 26 we have been recording a volcanic earthquake swarm beneath the Crater Lake of Mt Ruapehu. Swarms of volcanic earthquakes like these are uncommon on Ruapehu in recent years. Seismic activity at Mt Ruapehu is usually dominated by volcanic tremor.

The temperature of the Crater Lake has been rising since late 2015 and since mid-April 2016 the Crater Lake temperature has risen from 25 °C to 40 °C. Similar temperatures and rate of temperature increase were observed in March 2011, April 2014 and February 2015.

We have not noted any changes in other monitored parameters like volcanic gas, lake chemistry or lake overflow. A gas flight was performed on March 30 and the Crater Lake was sampled on April 14.

Currently we are uncertain of the implications of the recent observations. However at this time these changes at Ruapehu are not considered sufficient to change the Volcanic Alert Level.

GNS Science volcanologists continue to closely monitor Ruapehu through the GeoNet project.

The changes at Mt Ruapehu are not related to the volcanic eruption that occurred at White Island on Wednesday 27 April.

To follow any updates head to the Genet website please click HERE or for GNS please click HERE 

Posted by 29 April 2016 16:33:00

1080 wānanga for hunters has been scheduled 

In response to a proposal by TBfree and the Department of Conservation to drop 1080 in and around the wider Ruapehu rohe Ngāti Rangi and Uenuku are holding a series of wānanga to share and collect information with uri before deciding a response

The next in this series of wānanga is on 5 May in the WPI training room from 7pm with the final in the series on 8 May at Maungārongo Marae from 9am here, all three options, for, against or possibly with conditions will be discussed.

Posted by 19 April 2016 18:56:00

Second 1080 wānanga on this Sunday 

In response to a proposal by TBfree and the Department of Conservation to drop 1080 in and around the wider Ruapehu rohe Ngāti Rangi and Uenuku are holding a series of wānanga to share and collect information with uri before deciding a response

The next in this series of wānanga is on THIS Sunday at Mangamingi Marae on the Ohākune-Raetihi Road starting at 9am with a Pōwhiri. Whether for or against, we extend this invite to all our uri to come, share your views and learn more about 1080 and it's use in pest management. Representatives from TBfree and DoC will also be there to help answer any questions you may have.

2016 1080 Wānanga schedule 

Sunday 13 March @ Mākaranui Marae
9am Pōwhiri, 10am site visit to Ohākune Lakes, 11am Marae discussions and information sharing, 1pm Lunch and Karakia.

Sunday 10 April @ Mangamingi Marae
9am Pōwhiri, 10am site visit, 11am Marae discussions and information sharing, 1pm Lunch and karakia.

Sunday 8 May @ Maungārongo Marae
10am Pōwhiri, 10.30am discussions, 12.30 Lunch and karakia.

A seperate wānanga is also being planned for hunters in April, the date and venue are yet to be confirmed

 

Posted by 05 April 2016 16:59:00

RWT on the hunt for Admin support stars 

The Ruapehu Whānau Transformation team are on the search for Administration and Customer service stars to help them successfully deliver the service functions for the operations of the Ruapehu Community Learning & Tech Hub in Ohākune for two newly created positions.

Led by Ngāti Rangi Trust, this is one of the 23 innovative solutions being implemented by the Ruapehu Whānau Transformation team.

The Hub will be open from 8am to 6pm from Monday to Friday. The Lead and Assistant Administrator will have some flexibility on hours of work which will be approximately 20-30 hours per week per position.

Applications close @ 12pm Wednesday, 30 March. For more information contact Danielle Vaughan on 021 811 670 or email: info@ruapehuwhanautransformation.com or for a Job Description please click HERE

Posted by 22 March 2016 08:29:00

Top Town camaraderie celebrated 

Community, camaraderie and caring came to the fore in an epic battle at the Raetihi Rec on Sunday. Defending their inaugural Top Town title, the meticulous military planning of Waiouru was not quite enough to beat Raetihi who also triumphed over a determined Ohākune. Captained by Barney Warbrick, the hosts had to dig deep at the Ruapehu Whānau Transformation and Ngāti Rangi hosted event when the competition's undeniably toughest player was forced to retire after popping his shoulder out of its socket. Never one to shy away from physical contact, Ruapehu rugby legend Peter Rowe was the perfect team member for Raetihi to line up in the carrot competition.
Inspired by the surf lifesaving flag event, the loose forward had to be assisted from the field after coming off second best while diving for a carrot.
 
Mr Warbrick said despite the loss, his team were delighted win the Top Town Crown. "How can you not be inspired by Pete's commitment to the team? After popping his shoulder he just said, 'it's ok captain, I got the carrot'. It was great fun today and while each team had 20 on the field the whole community has got behind everyone. A huge thanks to Ohākune and Waiouru for such a great day of fun competition, Chaana [Morgan] and all the volunteers and marshals, Lilburn Transport, Pearsons, Proude Contracting, Marty McGrath, Missy [Warbrick], the Papahaua boys as well as Tian and Maria Beukes."
 
Waiouru captain WO2 Brent Pene also congratulated all the competitors of on the strength of spirit and camaraderie the day had bought. "We don't get together as a region enough and while it was pretty competitive out there, please pass on our regards to the big guy [Mr Rowe], I could understand if he had had a rugby ball, but [injured] diving for a carrot? Waiouru will go home and eat our humble pie, but next year in Ohākune, you better watch out." As a carry on from last years donations to the Raetihi Kōhanga Reo, all the money raised from this years event is being donated equally to Manu Kōrero and Te Aroha Kōhanga Reo.
Posted by 15 March 2016 18:44:00

Competition of the Top Crown is back 

The epic regional battle for dominance between Raetihi, Ohākune and Waiouru is back this Sunday as the annual fight for the Top Town crown begins. Back to defend their title at the Raetihi Domain and Recreational area, Waiouru team coordinator Warrant officer Class 2 Solomon Vaetoru said his group is starting to shape up well. "This is a great opportunity to bring everyone together through comradeship and enjoyment, that's what I like to think Top Town does. Teams were really pulling together and helping each other. Last year some people knew each other, some didn't and they all came together to enjoy each other's company."

 

Bringing people together to compete in a Top Town style event also provides an opportunity to celebrate the region as a whole. "Often as towns, because we are so isolated we've a tendency to do things separately. Last year there were a lot of people in the team I hadn't met or seen before and having the different age groups really helps to break down the barriers within our community. Having the three towns competing against each other helps us grow together as a region."

Working with Ruapehu Whānau Transformation, last year Mr Vaetoru organised a wide range of challenges for the event. In anticipation of needing a mentally and physically team, his group for Sunday is shaping up to be a strong cross-section of talent. "I'd like to think last year went exactly how I thought it would go with people enjoying themselves. The atmosphere, the feeling, it was people having fun, adults and kids doing something they wouldn't normally do on a Sunday afternoon."

There are still some limited places available in the Raetihi, Ohākune and Waiouru teams but numbers are capped with each team of 20 needing representatives in the 13-16, 17-25, 26-40 and 41+ age groups. For more information on this Sunday's Top Town or to register for one of the teams please call the Ngāti Rangi office on 0800 N RANGI.

Posted by 08 March 2016 12:15:00
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