Big ups for do-ups of for­est park huts

Manawatu Guardian - - SERVICES DIRECTORY -

Keen to work to­gether and strengthen their re­la­tion­ship, the New Zea­land De­fence Force and De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion have been work­ing to­gether on back­coun­try projects in the Ruahine For­est Park.

The 12-bunk Daphne Hut on the east­ern side of the Ruahine For­est Park, has re­ceived a much needed ‘do-up’ by NZDF.

DOC says Daphne Hut is in a key lo­ca­tion for multi-day tramps though recorded bed nights have been de­clin­ing in re­cent years.

A few years ago DOC in­spec­tors iden­ti­fied that the roof and floor were de­te­ri­o­rat­ing but there weren’t funds for re­place­ment.

As luck would have it, in Oc­to­ber NZDF was look­ing for a pro­ject to fill a gap in the train­ing sched­ule for army trades­men. The Daphne Hut re-roof and ren­o­va­tions pro­ject was just the ticket.

The army’s 2nd en­gi­neer reg­i­ment sup­port trades­men re­placed the roof with Colorsteel iron, laid new floor­ing, added deck­ing un­der the right wing of the hut, built steps, im­proved the bunks and re­paired in­te­rior wa­ter dam­age above the fire place. DOC Manawatu¯ se­nior ranger re­cre­ation/his­toric Shaun Rud­dle says DOC and NZDF work­ing to­gether on back­coun­try projects is a big win for every­one.

“The work at Daphne Hut — which was com­pleted to a high stan­dard — would not have hap­pened this year with­out the NZDF. The pro­ject pro­vided a great train­ing op­por­tu­nity for the NZ Army’s 25 en­gi­neer sup­port squadron. And the re­sult is a bet­ter, safer hut for visi­tors. Every­one ben­e­fits. It’s big ups for the do-up.”

NZ Army 2nd en­gi­neer reg­i­ment sup­port in front of the Daphne Hut in the Ruahine For­est Park which they helped ren­o­vate.

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