Waimea Tramping Club AGM - Wednesday 6th May 2015
I would like to begin this report with an acknowledgement of the 2014/2015 committee and trip leaders. They are the heart and backbone of the club and contribute so much time and energy in providing a programme for all the members to enjoy. Without the hours put in to the development of the programme, arranging for guest speakers, and the pre-trip checking of the tracks to be travelled, and the numerous phone calls to be made there would be no club. So a heartfelt thank you for everything you have done in the past year.
The approval of our application for a partnership with DoC is very good news for the club as we can now begin the work of replacing the old gas heater in Balloon Hut with a new wood burner. This will be an excellent project for the 2015/2016 incoming committee and no doubt there will be a call asking for volunteers from members.
We have endured a very wet spring and as a result some planned tramping trips have been cancelled. But most of the scheduled trips were completed, travelling over a wide area. Three trips were in the local Nelson area, three in the Kahurangi area, one in the Abel Tasman and one on the Paparoa Range.
The next programme features a good range of trips travelling from the Paparoa Range in the west to Marlborough in the east. A leader wasn’t available for the usual New Year weekend trip, but this trip should return in future years. Reappearing on the programme is the Big Beach Clean Up. This DOC organised event was held from 2010 to 2014, but it is now scheduled during March instead of November to avoid the bird nesting season.
The recent Kaikoura earthquake and the resulting numerous landslips is a reminder how seismically active New Zealand is. The Nelson region escaped any serious damage but major landslips after storms have affected tramping in the Nelson region in recent years, notably the Graham Valley in 2014 and the Wangapeka Valley in 2012.
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