Defence Force partners with DOC to build hut

Last updated 12:00 10/03/2014

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The New Zealand Defence Force is building a new hut in a remote area of the Ruahine Range after partnering with the Department of Conservation.

NZ Army engineers and builders from 1 NZ Brigade at Linton started work last week building the hut at Maropea Forks in the Western Ruahine Forest Park.

Maropea Forks is used for tramping, hunting and fishing and is also home to the whio, or blue duck.

The current hut is being replaced after changes to the river channel left it too close to the river and in disrepair.

The hut is now closed for public use except in emergencies. The new hut is expected to be completed in late April.

DOC conservation partnerships manager Chris Lester said projects such as this benefited both agencies.

"It allows DOC to stretch our resources further and undertake more projects that might not otherwise secure funding, at the same time providing an excellent opportunity for the skilled builders and other trade personnel of NZDF to work in a different environment."

Brigade Commander Colonel Nick Gillard said the force was the perfect choice for building in an isolated location.

Supplies for the build are being provided by DOC and other partners, including Dulux.

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- Manawatu Standard

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