DOC’S tectonic shift
and safety issues in the area meant the Whakapapa Visitor Centre would not close but Tuwharetoa might manage the centre.
DOC owns several buildings in the Whakapapa Village. Munn said there was demand for more accommodation in the area and it made sense for the facilities to be used properly.
‘‘We can’t preempt the results of the collective settlement of the maunga and it is likely to have some implications for us and we need to position ourselves to be able to make that transition, if and when it comes,’’ Munn said, referring to the Tuwharetoa settlement, which now only needs to be formalised into law by Par- liament. Check out the Taumarunui Little Theatre’s latest production -
A group makes its way over a river as part of the Tongariro Crossing. The crossing gets over 100,000 visitors a year.
[l-r] Anita Porima [DOC], Taupo Mayor David Trewavas, Joanne de Lange, Andy Hema and Allan Munn [DOC] visit the new office in Turangi.