Above: One of the Great Hike Huts. Right: bridal-veil Korokoro waterfall
The former national park of Te Urewera surrounding the lake has a lot of attention currently after a change in ownership in 2014. It is no longer ‘owned’ by the local iwi (tribe) or the government, instead it belongs to all people, with the Tuhoe being guardians. This is an international first following the Treaty of Waitangi and so the results are being closely monitored. The concept of guardianship or ‘Kaitiakitanga’ is one that resonated with me whilst visiting the plentiful natural wonders on my visit and is one I will take back with me to my work in Britain. Anyone that visits a place becomes a guardian of it and so reflects on our responsibility for the natural world and the resources within it. When I’m working in our National Parks I want to instil this importance in younger generations so they feel a connection to our natural spaces and will have a reason to speak up for their protection in the future.
Summer Adventures to inspire you to get outside