Newsletter, September 2016


Tom Otjens, Dana Clark, Ian Phillips, Katie Gray,
Kazuhiro Abe & Paul Henley


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PRESIDENT's PIECE | Annual Report

Teddie and I have just returned from 8 weeks travelling in Canada. Thank you to Kate and the rest of the committee for keeping things going, not only during my absence but also over the past 12 months.


A special thanks also to our trip leaders. Without their efforts the club cannot meet its primary goal of encouraging people into our wonderful backcountry. In the last year we have run 52 club trips that went ahead. So, one per week is a good average. There were 31 day trips and 21 overnight or multi-day trips. Of course, there were also a large number of private trips by members.

I hope that the next year will see the club continuing to operate in good heart, with many enjoyable and companiable trips. This all depends on your input. Again, I encourage your active participation – and please do put your name down to lead a trip of your choice. As always, the committee welcomes your feedback on any aspect of the club’s operations and appreciates your support.

 My thanks goes to all those who contributed to the renovation of Flora Hut which we completed last summer. This has received praise from DOC and the community. We are now committed to the relocation of Mt Fell Hut. An airforce helicopter has moved the hut to close to its new, safer location. Planning is well in hand for our next big effort at Labour Weekend which is being led by Silvano Lorandi and will put the hut onto new foundations. This is a strategic hut in the Richmond Ranges and DOC would have almost certainly removed it without the community inputs led by NTC.

Teddie and I did many day walks in Canada and there were interesting comparisons and contrasts to New Zealand front-country facilities. Banff and Jasper National Parks are hugely popular tourist destinations. There are similar issues with over-crowding in the townships and local attractions to Milford, Queenstown and Rotorua. But Canada is a vast country and their parks have huge areas of essentially undeveloped wilderness where one might occasionally see a bear but very few people. We like to think of our national parks as large but, in reality, they are relatively small in area and ecological terms. We all have to work harder for their preservation.

Backpacker tourism is fine, but we must be careful of overdevelopment of front-country facilities and pressures on DOC, which is under-funded, to support large-scale tourism.

The excellent provincial campgrounds in British Columbia with road access are all pleasantly wooded with large lots and basic facilities. We could do a lot better for visitors and locals alike with our generally ugly Kiwi campgrounds.

Pat Holland,

 CLUBNITES: add to your calendar

CLUB NIGHT @ Nelson Intermediate School

Date: Monday 3 October. Place: Nelson Intermediate School staffroom, Titipahi Street, Nelson. Time: 7.30pm.
Speaker: Kieran McKay, caver extraordiaire

Discovery of Stormy Pot & Exploration of Bulmer

Arguably New Zealand’s best caver, and undoubtedly the most famous, Kieran is scooting over the hill from his new residence in Takaka.

Just a few years ago, Kieran spear-headed the discovery and exploration of Stormy Pot, linking with Nettlebed to make NZ’s deepest cave, deep within the bowels of Mt Arthur.

Not satisfied with this, Kieran has been delving further underneath Mt Owen to extend our longest cave system.

Kieran has been rescued, blogs extensively on FaceBook, and has been featured in numerous articles and movies. Miss him at your peril.

PUB NIGHT @ Honest Lawyer, Monaco

Date: Monday 31 October. Place: Honest Lawyer pub, Monaco
Time: 7.30pm  (6.30 for Committee Meeting)

Catch up with club members and talk about upcoming trips.

Bring along maps and ideas so that we can fill the programme for the next couple of months.

Email: Kate Krawczyk for info.

PHOTO COMPETITION @ Nelson Intermediate School

Date: Monday 5 December. Place: Nelson Intermediate School staffroom, Titipahi Street, Nelson. Time: 7.30pm.

Judge: TBA.

Our club’s annual, informal get-together around the table; a chance to show off your skills with a camera – and show us where you’ve been tramping all year.

Rules: are the same as last year. Read them on the club’s website (or Dec 2015  Newsletter): 

BLAST FROM THE PAST | humour from the archives

In leiu of a proper editorial, here’s a humorous piece from the club March & July 2000 newsletters:

Understanding The Two Cow System:

Socialism: You have two cows. You keep one and give the other to your neighbour.

Communism: You have two cows. The Government takes both and shares the milk with you, and your neighbour.

Fascism: You have two cows. You give the milk to the Government and they sell it back to you.

Capitalism: You have two cows. You milk them both and pour the milk down the drain to keep the price up.

Nazism: You have two cows. The Government shoots you and takes both cows.

Anarchism: You have two cows. The cows kill you and milk each other.

Apartheid: You have two cows. You give the black cow’s milk to the white cow to drink, and don’t milk the white cow.

Welfare State: You have two cows. You milk them and then give them the milk to drink.

Bureaucracy: You have two cows. To register them, you fill in 17 forms in triplicate and don’t have time to milk.


LABOUR WEEKEND [ 22–24 October 2016]

NTC received an Outdoor Recreation Grant of $10,000 to assist DOC with the relocation of this key hut in the Richmond Ranges. Without this project, DOC would likely have removed the NZFS six-bunker, as it is located on a slip zone and is regarded as under-used. This would also threaten continued maintenance of the track up from Middy Hut in the Pelorus valley which has strong club associations (e.g. 1960’s water barrel).

Silvano Lorandi recently participated in the initial shift of the hut about 250m to a new site in early June by DOC and the Air Force, using a heavy-lift helicopter from Ohakea. The chopper also brought in a large quantity of building materials that we had ordered.

We now need to construct new foundations, winch the hut on and then do some renovations and a range of other tasks (e.g. water tank, toilet, fireplace).

We do need able-bodied workers to assist with the digging associated with the foundation work and new toilet. The first of two major working bees will be at Labour Weekend, 22-24 October.

A local helicopter can carry six people, albeit at high cost. We will also run a club trip for those wishing to tramp in. (It takes 4–5 hours from the Timms Creek road-end). Jot this in your diary and watch the Club Programme online for more details on an exciting and very worthwhile project.



Our previous club stalwart Ted Brooks died 5 July, aged 86. Condolences to his wife Joyce and family. The recent death of

The recent passing of local longtime campaigner, tramper and author Andy Dennis is a big loss for conservation. While not a club member, he was very influential in promoting local Parks, and a member of Forest & Bird.

PHOTO COMPETITION 2016 : Entry Details

Dig through those shots from the past year. Get those pics printed out & ready for judgement. Come along to enjoy the fun, wine, cheese and nibbles, and social atmosphere of this last club night of the year.

Date: Monday 5 December. Place: Nelson Intermediate School staffroom, Titipahi Street, Nelson. Time: 7.30pm. Guest Judge: TBA

National Competition:

The club competition is aligned with the national competition. The winners from our club will have their photos sent off to Wellington. National winners will have their photos printed in the FMC Bulletin, and receive great prizes.

Rolling Slideshow:

A rolling slideshow will also be held at the club night of pics people submit to Ray Salisbury by e-mail before December. Images should be no larger than 2Mbytes. Email:


All photos need to meet the following criteria for judging by Don:

•   Prints must be 6 x 4 inches in size.

•   Photos are to have been taken within the past 12 months.

•   No manipulated photos (except for cropping & sharpening.)
Exception is category 7 below.

•   Person submitting the photo must be person who has set up the photo.

•   Entries are limited to three prints / per category / per person

•   First Place-getters from each category will receive a Camera Shop voucher. 1st, 2nd & 3rd get a certificate.

• On the back of the print put the category and the title of the picture.

• Do not include the name of the entrant.

NTC Categories:

1. Landscape (no people)

This includes wide angle shots (which may even be predominantly sea or sky) or an ‘in your face’ close-up (a rock in a stream or part of a tree). What’s important is that the mood of the landscape which is being captured comes through in the image. It’s acceptable to include man-made structures (huts, power lines, sign posts, etc.) providing they add to the scene.

2. Hut or Camp Life (including portraits)

3. Above the bushline (people allowed)

4. Below the bushline (people allowed)

5. Nature flora & fauna (no people)

Informative, artistic images showing non-domestic flora and fauna (so no garden roses, cats or dogs). Geological or meteorological phenomena, (e.g. dramatic clouds, formations or details of rock strata are also acceptable if they are accurately titled). Ensure that the shot is as sharp as you can make it, that the subject is large in the picture and that the background is not intrusive. The ‘hand of man’ should be avoided – no fences, power lines, buildings, etc. Try to give an accepted common name, or a formal Latin name for the title.

6. Historic

Pre-1980, featuring an aspect of club life. Black & white encouraged but not essential.

7. Anything Goes (Not an FMC category – just NTC.)

Includes humour and manipulated images. Also, larger format prints, panoramics, and shots older than 12 months can be submitted here.

8. People’s Choice (Not an FMC category – just NTC.)

Attendees vote on their favourite amongst all the pictures on offer.

Winning photos from previous year’s competitions can be viewed on the NTC Photo Galleries webpage.


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