Community

Emergency Response Group (ERG)   

KPCA is responsible for the development of the capability of the Peninsula community to cope with  and respond to any civil emergency. The role of the ERG is multi-faceted: building resilience on the Peninsula; acquiring the necessary equipment to support the community in the event of, say, a major earthquake; and building a communication network so everyone on the Peninsula can be reached. Check out our Emergency Response page for detail that you need to know.  The ERG is also in need of residents who can assist in the community during an emergency so if you would like to help contact us via our Volunteering page.

Predator free 2050

 

Operating under the umbrella of the Wakatipu Wildlife Trust since 2016, KPCA’s pest busters team has been eliminating hundreds of rats, stoats, ferrets, weasels and possums. Different methods are required for different predators; and we actively consider expanding the range of traps for the team. There is much work to be done to make the Peninsula predator free, including working both with other groups such as Jack’s Point and with individual property owners. The risk to domestic pets has to be constantly monitored. Ultimately, it will require achieving a balance between effective trapping and freedom for pets to roam off the walking tracks.  As at the end of March 2020 the team has eliminated 935 pests from the Peninsula, Read their report here.

The Working Group   

The environment is key to our enjoyment of Peninsula life, in particular the walking tracks, Jardine Park and the Lake shore. The Working Group of volunteers toil away tirelessly at keeping tracks clear; removing fallen trees and producing firewood in the process; and dealing with wilding pines and broom. Liaison with the key landowners, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Department of Conservation and the Crown, is a crucial part of this work. This Group has a long pedigree going right back to the early days of the KPCA in 1981 that saw volunteers create the tracks we now all enjoy. Known then by the nickname, Dads’ Army, funds were raised by the wool clip from sheep grazing in Jardine Park until 2005.  They are now raised by selling firewood.  New volunteers welcome!

KPCA continues to add amenities to the Park in consultation with the Council. First the multisports courts and now a flying fox which was recently completed. A spatial plan for the whole of the Park is under development. Meanwhile, QLDC  has removed the trees in the wind damaged area of the Park.

Community orchard   

KPCA volunteers have created a Community Orchard of fruit trees in Jardine Park.  They care for the Orchard throughout the year, including holding an annual pruning workshop or community busy bee open to all. New Volunteers welcome!

Community nursery   

The Jean Malpas Community Nursery located in Jardine Park is part of the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust.  Volunteers prepare plants for the upcoming planting seasons every Wednesday.