Kathmandu to help fund camp upgrade

STACEY KIRK
Last updated 05:00 11/01/2014

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The Government has signed up outdoor clothing maker Kathmandu to contribute money towards conservation work at a Marlborough Sounds campsite.

The Government is spending $2.2 million on the Momorangi Bay campground in Queen Charlotte Sound, and Kathmandu will chip in with $75,000.

Conservation Minister Nick Smith welcomed the upgrade , saying it would enhance the classic Kiwi camping experience. "The campground upgrade and adjacent conservation project at Momorangi Bay reflect DOC's new direction.

"We are putting a greater emphasis on recreation and ensuring New Zealanders can get out and enjoy the great outdoors at an affordable cost.

"These upgrades mean the 23,500 people who stay at the campground each year can now look forward to an even better experience."

Dr Smith said the work was expected to be finished by March next year, and would cost $1.7m.

DOC funding has been the subject of headlines over the past year.

In 2012, the Government slashed $54m from its budget. Last year, a further $8.7m was directed to come out, with the loss of 140 jobs.

The first phase at Momorangi Bay has been completed, with $500,000 spent on water storage upgrades and a new single-lane road bridge built to the grounds.

A second phase, to start after summer, will include new showers and a swimming platform. Camp roads will be tarsealed, the seawall upgraded and site power put underground.

Kathmandu is not the first commercial funder DOC has turned to for help. It has a three-year business partnership with Air New Zealand, and a three-year deal with oil/gas explorer OMV worth $100,000 annually to help with pest eradication on Kapiti Island.

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- Fairfax Media

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