Project Tongariro

Our Vision Enjoy, discover, know and care for Tongariro / Taupo Our Mission Inspiring New Zealanders and international visitors to connect physically, emotionally and spiritually with Tongariro National Park and its surrounds.

Tongariro Natural History Society (aka Project Tongariro) established in 1984. The organization came into being, because of a 1982 helicopter crash in Tongariro National Park in which four park staff died. Project Tongariro (PT) is apolitical. As an entity, it has always tried to appeal to a wide range of people in local communities and beyond. For more than three decades the Project Tongariro Strategy 2017 – 2020 Page 5 of 10 organisation has worked to engage its members and volunteers in a variety of ways including hands-on conservation projects, planting days, field trips, involvement and managing events such as the summer nature program and numerous conservation projects in support of the Tongariro National Park and wider region. To appeal to a broader audience, PT has reached a point where it needs to adapt its approach and create new opportunities for people to engage with and support it PT’s support base has evolved over time from full membership, to supporters who give practical help or share their individual area of expertise. The level of support differs from one project to the next, which PT understands and has to cater for. . PT recognises that these supporters are not only potential members but also advocates and promoters of PT in general. This network of supporters, is of great value and could help create future funding opportunities. This strategy developed to support PT’s aspiration to continue as an influential conservation partner and leader in the Tongariro/Taupo region. The organisation’s reputation as being useful, effective and easy to work with is important and assists to attract partners and funders alike on an ongoing basis. This strategy will guide the priorities, and focus of the organisation through the next five years and outline a vision for the next ten years. In 2017 PT will implement this strategy. PT will continue to build strong relationships with current and new funders, and promote its refreshed identity through digital and web mediums. A key focus will be to strengthen our capacity, resources and capability to do the work.

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