Newsletter, September 2012

Sue & Paul Henley, Gina Andrews & Kate Krawezyk


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There are a number of items of interest on our club calendar; stuff I need to bring to the fore.

At our AGM, our president advertised an
extra meeting set for Monday 17 September to discuss the club involvement with Flora Hut. DoC staff are making the effort to attend, so I think we should. This will be an open forum to decide whether the club goes ahead with maintaining this historic hut, or not.

We also modified the Committee. The notable change was farewelling Merrick Mitchell as Minutes Secretary. He is replaced by Andrea (see Member Profile, below).

Some of you have expressed the feeling of being ‘trapped’ ... with access to the Wangapeka, Flora Saddle and up the Maitai being cut off. Despite the wet winter, a number of trips succeeded in attracting good numbers.

Well done to Lawrie for initiating a cycle trip, and for our club mascot, Stella, who did the entire route on all fours. It will sad to see her owner Marijke cross the ditch, as she follows Lee to live in Australia. They will definitely raise the average IQ.

We must also acknowledge the passing of Jenny Revell. She was very much involved in many community activities including school help, Trade Aid and singing groups.

FMC have done an admirable job in publishing the 11th edition of their Safety In The Mountains guidebook.

See you in the Hills...

Raymond Salisbury, EDITOR

MEMBER PROFILE > Andrea Cockerton

1. Occupation: Nurse

2. Where were you born? I was born in Hampshire in the United Kingdom when Diana Ross was at number one on the music charts, singing Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

3. How long have you been a member? 7 months.

4. What benefits have you found being a member? Sharing of experiences as a team, supporting each other and learning new skills and lessons. Also being with a neat bunch of people who appreciate the wilderness, each for their own reasons ...mine, spirituality.

5. Best tramp: Each walk brings something new and rewarding and has its own merits, so it would be hard to choose. I love walking up!

6. Worst tramp: I would rather say ‘unexpected outcomes’ than ‘worst tramp’ ... for example:

(a) exiting Mt Richmond via heli-chopper and

(b) being incapacitated with anxiety when coming across a herd of cows, then being ‘rescued’ by a man with a good pair of binoculars. Incidentally, (b) was not the cause of (a)!

7. Funniest moment: A crazy dare on the Heaphy Track.
8. Bucket List: Any which way but work. Two dreams I have are: i) Standing in the shadow of K2. i) Experiencing the Bering Sea.

AGM Report

The 70th Annual General Meeting of the club was held at the usual venue, with 26 members and 7 visitors present.

Lawrie Halkett presided over the formalities, which included the nomination of Committee Members. The election of officers was as follows:

  • President: Lawrie Halkett
  • Correspondence Secretary: Patrick Holland
  • Minutes Secretary: Andrea Cockerton
  • Treasurer: Brenda Griffin
  • Newsletter: Ray Salisbury
  • General Committee: Dion Pont, Mike Glover
  • Programme Sub-committee: Jim Maxwell
  • Gear Custodian: Mark Stevens
  • Website: Mike Drake

Lawrie requested members to put their names forward to replace himself and Pat Holland at the end of this new committee’s term.

Brenda Griffin presented the financial report, before Ray Caird entertained us with his adventures tramping over the Pyrenees and through Spain for 30 days.

In 2011 Ray (and Rosalie Hosefield in 2001) walked this famous pilgrims trail. The Camino de Santiago is the world heritage trail that meanders for 800 km from France through the mountains, the villages and the plains of Spain to the coast at Santiago de Compostela. Ray presented videos and slides with Spanish music. He and Rosalie shared their stories about the Refugios, the wine, and the blisters.

Flora Hut > Special Meeting 

Future for Flora > SPECIAL MEETING

  1. What: Special club meeting
  2. When: Monday 17 September 7:30-9:00pm
  3. Where: Staff room, Nelson Intermediate School, Tipahi Street

The NTC committee has been in discussions with DOC, Motueka re the club taking some responsibility for maintaining historic Flora Hut, Kahurangi National Park.

This meeting is an opportunity to hear about the options, advantages/disadvantages and to have your say before the committee makes any commitment.

Three DOC staff will be in attendance and will give a brief overview of current DOC activities in the region.

Evening Format:

a) What DOC has been doing in the region for the past 12 months and the priorities for the next year.

b) Flora Hut history, current uses, needs, vision for future.

c) Lawrie Halkett (Club President) summarises the options with input from the floor on the potential roles for NTC.

Please put this in your diary – a degree of commitment will be required now and in the future if the club is to proceed.

It is also an opportunity to meet with DOC staff who are
under considerable pressure due to funding cuts.

Pat Holland, Secretary

CLUBNITES > Put on your calendar!
7:30pm Nelson Intermediate School, Tipahi Street. Gold Coin.

Monday 17 September > Future of Flora Hut
Guest Speakers & Open Discussion

3 DOC staff, Mark Townsend, Tom Young & Steve Bagley will talk with us about the possiblity of NTC taking a maintenance role.

Monday 1 October > Guest Speaker: Shaun Barnett

Editor of the FMC Bulletin, and roving editor of Wilderness magazine. Prolific author, photographer & hut-bagger.

The preceding weekend is an opportunity to tramp with Shaun

Monday 3 December > Photography Competition
Guest Judge: Peter Wise

Christmas is coming! And so is our annual social 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.


  • When: 29-30 SEPTEMBER
  • Where: Balloon Hut & Mount Peel, Kahurangi National Park

Prior to his speaking engagement with us at our regular club night, Shaun (and Ray Salisbury) are co-leading a moderate tramp in Kahurangi National Park.

Starting out near Myttons Hut, we’ll ascend the old Salisbury stock route onto The Tablelands.’

After a comfy night spent at Balloon Hut, we’ll make a dawn ascent of Mount Peel, drink in the view, then return down the northern spur directly to the Cobb Valley, like surveyor James McKay (allegedly) did way back in 1858. (He named a local peak Mt Peel, and Ray is on a fact-finding mission to verify his historical journey.)

You are ALL welcome to join us. However, Shaun & Ray intend on bagging Lake Sylvester Hut on Sunday evening, and returning on Monday.

See the Programme on-line for any changes. A reasonable standard of fitness & experience is required.

DISCOUNT AVAILABLE AT > Makarora Tourist Centre, Haast highway

  • $25 per night accommodation.
  • $12 per person in a tent.
  • Use of our Top Lodge. This includes kitchen, log burner, T& V.

Deal applies to groups of TEN or more Tramping Club members.


SUBS DUE > Nelson Tramping Club

These can be paid using the following methods:

1. Pay on-line:
Nelson Tramping Club, Account No: 03 0703 0028827 00

> If using this option please identify yourself by name.

2. Post a cheque to:
Treasurer, Nelson Tramping Club, PO Box 1238, Nelson 7040

Subscription Fee options are:

  1. Individual Subscription: $30.00
  2. Individual Subscription with mail out of programme &
    newsletter: $40.00
  3. Double Subscription: $45.00
  4. Double Subscription with mail out of programme & newsletter: $55.00

Subscriptions are to be paid by 1 September 2012 (Some have paid already, thanks). On receipt of payment you will be issued with your FMC card (for discounts).

Save Cobb Valley > Proposed soapstone quarry in the Cobb Valley

We’re trying to get information out to as many potentially affected and concerned people as possible to mobilise resistance and get folk motivated to write submissions against this when it becomes publically notified. You can find more information here:

FOR SALE > 2nd hand stuff

  1. Women’s Tramping Boots: La Sportiva, Vibram soles, seude upper. Size: UK 6, US 8. Good condition, not used much. $200.
    Lynette Salisbury > Phone 546 8060.
  2. Pack: One Planet Stiletto S 60litres. Canvas fabric, suitable for woman or for climbing. As new, $200.
  3. Boots: Raichle Mt Trail GTX MS size 7 (nearer a 6). As new, $100.
  4. Tent: Kathmandu Voyager, 2-man twin-skinned. Good condition, $100.
    Margot Syms > Phone 540 3351.


We are looking for some assistance next summer to place food drops.
> Could members of your club assist?

Janis Russell and I are planning a traverse of the Southern Alps from Te Wae Wae Bay, Southland, to Fossil Point from 1 December 2012 until 30 April 2013, taking in Fiordland and much of the Southern Alps.

We can send the detailed spreadsheet of days, routes etc. We are planning to come up through Nelson Lakes, through St. Arnaud or Lake Rotoroa, over Mount Owen, traverse the Arthur Range, and then head out through the Cobb, Lonely Lake, Boulder Lake, and through Kaituna to Golden Bay.

All the planned food drops we have in your area are near road ends as follows:

  1. Lake Rotoroa (we may change this one to St. Arnaud depending upon final decisions regarding exact route through Nelson Lakes National Park.
  2. Rolling Junction Hut, Wangapeka
  3. Trilobite Hut, Cobb valley
  4. James Road-end

At the moment, the plan is come into Rotoroa on 6th April 2013 – so essentially, we are talking putting the drops in during late March and/or April 2013. Of course, all dehydrated foods will be prepared before we go, and parcelled up and posted.

We are also pretty amenable to any of your club members that might like to join us. We are both members of the Over Forties Tramping Club here in Christchurch and members of the local section of NZAC. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

Markus Milne & Janis Russell

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