Success to the Wairakei team is ensuring that the community enjoy these areas – they can get out of their cars and homes and be part of the environment, learn about the land, bird watch and understand both the future and the past.
Wairakei Estate is committed to the local community and aims to offer support in meaningful and practical ways, including sponsorships for local organisations and services.
Wairakei supports the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, and sponsors events such as the Lake Taupo Winter Festival, and the annual Taupo Ironkidz Triathlon with nearly 800 students participating from over 110 North Island schools. Wairakei also supports Bird Rescue New Zealand, Ducks Unlimited and Wetlands New Zealand.
Tahorakuri Wetland Development
To support the development of the Tahorakuri Wetland, the team at Wairakei Estate were keen to involve the local community. Because of its environmental significance, the team wanted to create an opportunity for the local community to take ‘ownership’ of the new wetland and to have pride in its development.
As well as having local schools help with the planting, Wairakei received sponsorship from local businesses such as Timber Merchants, Plant Nursery Suppliers and other local contractors who all either supplied materials for either the timber boardwalk, plants, construction of the public walkway or labour.
Wairakei’s Propagation Project
Wairakei’s Propagation Project drives a new style of intergenerational community initiative, creating an opportunity to bring together the young school students of Taupo to interact with wiser, and more experienced retirees. The school students and the retirement village residents come to Wairakei Estate to work together to plant root trainers into pots, which are then planted on the Estate the following year. Currently, this project has generated 10,000 plantings per year.