RAL granted renewal of Tu¯roa ski field license
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) has been granted a new license to operate Mt Ruapehu’s Tu¯ roa, New Zealand’s second largest ski area.
The licence has an initial term of 25 years plus seven fiveyear extensions totalling 60 years.
Approved by the Department of Conservation, the new approach to re-licencing was first developed by former RAL chief executive Dave Mazey as part of the Whakapapa application and further developed for the Tu¯ roa license in conjunction with Ruapehu’s Southern Iwi partners Uenuku and Nga¯ti Rangi.
‘‘We’re absolutely thrilled to reach this historic agreement together with Nga¯ti Rangi, Uenuku and the Department of Conservation,’’ RAL chief executive Ross Copland said.
‘‘To have security of tenure is of huge significance to the company.
‘‘With less than five years to run on the existing licence, it was essential that we reached this agreement to allow us to invest, ensuring that Tu¯ roa continues to anchor the winter economy of Ohakune and the wider Ruapehu region.’’
Iwi have significant influence over the granting of licence extensions which occur at 5-yearly intervals ensuring a partnership approach to management of the ski areas by virtue of governance-level relationship groups which meet regularly to discuss major projects, set objectives and monitor performance against agreed KPI’s.
Nga¯ti Rangi Chair Shar Amner, and Uenuku Chair Aiden Gilbert says they are both looking forward to working with RAL in line with their Relationship Agreements.
The new licence includes protection of the peaks, waterways and their sources.
Both Iwi Chairs agree that upholding their cultural values has been paramount to discussions. ‘‘This was to ensure we are all able to continue to enjoy the magnificence and uniqueness Koro offers us’’.
RAL Chairman Murray Gribben said RAL has a very long term view of its role in the community.
‘‘If not managed appropriately, the impact ski area operations can have on the maunga,’’ he said.
‘‘We respect the longevity of our relationships with iwi and the wider community.’’
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts has been granted a renewal license to operate Turoa ski field.