Pukaha Mount Bruce is launching a brand-new look. PHOTO/ MIKE HEYDON

 

Pukaha Mount Bruce is launching a brand-new look and a special new locals’ rate for residents from Norsewood to Featherston as part of its partnership with Rangitane o Wairarapa.

From Sunday, October 21, locals will be able to visit Pukaha at half of the regular entrance fee.

The lower price has a two-edged purpose, to encourage locals to visit on a regular basis, and to consider the facility as their own.

To celebrate, Pukaha are holding a community open day on October 21 from 10am until 3pm filled with entertainment, nature-inspired craft stalls, free guided tours and other activities.

Open day entry is by koha/donation.

Pukaha will be joined by their supporters and partners, including Rangitane o Wairarapa, the Department of Conservation, and representatives from the Masterton and Tararua district councils.

To add to the appeal, if a local brings along full paying visitors from outside of the region, they can come in for free provided proof of address is given.

Pukaha is also unveiling a new look for the National Wildlife Centre at this event.

The new branding incorporates the significant partnership with Rangitane o Wairarapa who gifted the reserve back to the Crown after the treaty settlement was confirmed in 2014.

“A stronger cultural presence at Pukaha is long overdue,” said Pukaha Mount Bruce general manager, Emily Court.

“Our staff, volunteers and our visitors are hungry to learn about the cultural significance of this forest.”

Pukaha Mount Bruce board chairperson, Bob Francis said they had worked hard over the last few years to improve the infrastructure and are excited about working more closely with Rangitane.

He said the board would also continue to work closely with the Department of Conservation and the local community to achieve its conservation goals.

“It is important that the community has a pride and sense of ownership in Pukaha, after all, the community has had a very strong hand in Pukaha’s ongoing success.”