Volunteer Volunteer news 11th June

Hi all,
This email contains:
1. Latest and forthcoming sessions
2. National volunteer week & '2 for 1' offer from the Auckland zoo
3. Bait to be bagged
4.Ark session calendar
Happy reading!
ARK IN THE PARK volunteer coordinator
Physical address: Cascades Ranger Station
Falls Road, Waitākere
PO Box 95194, Swanson, Auckland 0653
09 810 7014

1. Latest events and forthcoming sessions
We have finished baiting the northern blocks of the Ark during volunteer sessions and we are heading to the southern ones now.
If you are a line owner in one of these northern blocks and have not baited your line yet, please do it promptly. Thanks also to the team from the Alpine Sports Club for taking care of lines KOK1 to 9 on Sunday.

Usually, we would next bait the AWN block, but we will put it on hold for the moment and bait the Nihotupu block first. The N block lies near the former auxiliary dam at the South end of Ian Wells track and its middle turns into a big swamp in winter (hence why we want to bait it now before more rain arrives). This block was installed a couple of years ago on a 100x100m grid. It features mostly flat terrain with a lot of cutty grass and also the often vibrantly coloured Quintinia serrata in the swamp section, and mature bush elsewhere. The mature bush is home to numerous Ark kōkako, while the swamp area is the realm of mātātā (fernbirds).

So our two volunteer sessions this week will be held in N block, onThursday the 13thof June, starting at8:30amat theranger stationand onSaturday the 15thof June, also starting at8:30amat theranger station. These sessions are not suitable for first time volunteers who are invited to attend an induction session first.Next induction session will be run on Saturday the 13th July.

Please let me know if you are coming to the Thursday session.Also please note that if you make alast minute decision (after 5pm) or have an unexpected change of plansit's best that youleave a messageon our phone09 810 7014rather than email me.

I will be doing myoutdoor first aidrefresher tomorrow, so I won't be able to answer your emails during the day. I'll check them briefly in the evening and will answer them over the following days.

2. National volunteer week & '2 for 1' offer from the Auckland zoo

From the16th to the 22nd of Juneisnational volunteer week.

This seems an appropriate opportunity to say a huge thank you to all Ark volunteers! Without you there would be no Ark in the Park so take a moment to reflect on whichever part you play, be that in the field, supporting field activities or behind the scenes, and the value that each part adds to the whole. As we are now in winter we know it takes that extra degree of enthusiasm and commitment to head out into the bush and keep up the work that supports our native species and forest ecosystem.

A study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that the percentage of New Zealanders involved in volunteering for an environmental organisation was the highest in the world, followed by the USA in second place and Mexico and Australia together for third (ref1).

Ark volunteers are testament to this, we estimate that 10,000 volunteer hours go into the Ark annually, an awesome effort! The living wage is often used to give a monetary value to volunteer work so that would work out to be $205,500. That’s an impressive figure, of course we know that Ark volunteers are priceless though!

Happy volunteer week to you all,
Laurence and Gillian

In recognition of the work of volunteers, Auckland Zoo are offering two for one entry into the zoo from the 15th to 22nd of June. You will need to show ID linking you to a volunteer project (your personal kauri ID cards would work well for this, if you don’t have your card please contact us).
Details and terms and conditions can be found here:https://www.aucklandzoo.co.nz/visit/national-volunteer-week

3. Bait to be bagged
This is our regular call for help with bagging. Thank you to those of you who have helped in the previous weeks!
We have some sacks of bait waiting to be bagged. If you have some spare time, we would like to get your help!

4. Ark session calendar

  • Thursday 13th June, 8:30am, volunteer session: baiting in N block
  • Saturday 15th June, 8:30am, volunteer session: baiting in N block
  • 16th-22nd June: National Volunteer Week 2019
  • Thursday 20th June, 8:30am, volunteer session: baiting
  • Saturday 22nd June, 8:30am, volunteer session: baiting
  • Thursday 27th June, 8:30am, volunteer session: baiting
  • Saturday 29th June, 8:30am, volunteer session: baiting
  • Wednesday 3rd July: Matariki planting (Pae O te rangi)
  • Saturday 13th July: 8:30am, volunteer session andinduction session for first time volunteers
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