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Rayonier Matariki Forests receives award for supporting the Pauanui Tairua Trail
New Zealand's Rayonier Matariki Forests received an Outdoor Access Champion Award today for its work supporting the Pauanui Tairua Trail. The Walking Access Commission Ara Hīkoi Aotearoa presents Outdoor Access Champion Awards each year to people and organisations who have made significant and lasting contributions to public access to the outdoors in New Zealand.
The forestry company was nominated for the award by the Hikuai District Trust, which has been building the Pauanui Tairua Trail.
Asher Wilson-Goldman, Walking Access Commission Strategic Communications and Partnerships Manager, explained "Rayonier Matariki Forests has been really supportive of the Pauanui Tairua Trail, which passes through a section of forest which it manages."
The Hikuai District Trust has received financial and physical support from Rayonier Matariki Forests for half a decade. Rayonier Matariki Forests has adopted the trail as its environmental flagship project. Last year it was particularly proactive, sending a team of experienced foresters to remove a number of problem trees that were causing potential safety hazards for walkers and bikers.
Andy Warren, Regional Manager for Rayonier Matariki Forests, Bay of Plenty, said lending support to community projects such as the Pauanui Tairua Trail is very important to the company.
Warren added "we are delighted to be an ongoing part of this great initiative which is a real asset to the community and a wonderful drawcard for visitors. Forestry has a long history in the area and with views of our Tairua Forest all around the walkway, it was important that we be a part of this ambitious project."
19th September 2018 - Walking Access Commission appoints new Chief Executive
22nd January 2018 - Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei launches augmented reality walking tour app
30th October 2017 - New Zealand Recreation Association applauds new conservation moves by Government
31st July 2017 - More New Zealanders walking Te Araroa trail
15th June 2017 - Record numbers take to New Zealand’s national walking trail
3rd February 2016 - Massive growth in bushwalking as ‘green exercise’ and holiday activity
2nd June 2013 - Outdoor access projects to receive walking access funding
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