Responsible Tourism Initiatives List

Property / Business:  Wairere Boulders  

Wairere Boulders was qualmarked for a number of years,  but in 2013 it was decided to get out of it, because our tourists have no interest in Qualmark.

The initiatives on the list are still followed.
 

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Electricity in InfoShed is off

The power supply to the InfoShed is off, so no electricity can be switch on by accident.

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Toilet and hand washing water is untreated

This water is coming straight out of the river and therefore no burden to the environment

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Waste water treated on site

All grey and waste water is treated on site and no burden to an energy demanding treatment plant

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Work close is washed with untreated, low temperature or cold water

Little energy is used to heat water or treat water to wash work close

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Water reticulation

Water reticulation runs entirely on gravity, no supplied energy is used to distribute water for private and business

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Water heating

During winter water is predominantly heated with local sustainable fire wood

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Only environmental friendly cleaning agencies are used for washing and closing

No harmful chemicals are used to wash work close, clean toilets, machinery and items used for the tourism business

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Reuse paper

We use old envelopes and letters as notepads

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Reuse paper hand towels

All paper hand towels are used to light the fire or are getting composted

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Recycled paper

All toilet paper and hand towels are recycled paper

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We share a car for business and private

We use our private car and a trailer to do business purchases to save on fuel and mileage and to be friendlier to the environment

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Pest control

The following pests are regularly controlled (possum, rat, mice, weasel, goat, pig, magpie, mynah)

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Non toxic possum control

Possums, rats and mice are 90 % controlled by FeraCol (vitamin D3) which is a natural non toxic ingredient and has no effect on the environment or predators eating the cadavers, no secondary poisoning

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Recycle dead possums

Dead possums are buried under our fruit trees for fertilizer

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Clean weed control

Weeds in the Wairere Boulders are 95% pulled or cut by hand, not to harm the environment.  Only a few weeds (for instance Lantana, Gorse, Blackberry, Pampas) are destroyed by chemicals as they cannot be eradicated by hand

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Weeding exotic plants

The Wairere Boulders are permanently weeded to preserve the unique natural environment of the valley. (gorse, pampas, lantana, wooly night shade, black berry, thistle, ragwort, Mexican devil, etc)

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Tree planting

Trees species that got logged in the 1800 are replanted in their original place (Kauri, Rimu, Pohutukawa)

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Bush protection

All bush boundaries are fenced with 9 wire post and batten electrical fencing

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Envelopes

We only use recycled paper envelopes

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Recycling, composting

All recyclable waste is recycled or composted

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Surplus produce

Surplus fruit and vegetable are not wasted, but given away to tourists

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Environmental education

We often explain our environmental actions to tourists and schools

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Free entry

All local schools and residents have free entry to the Wairere Boulders

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Broadband initiative

We organised wireless broadband for the Hokianga with our work and finance

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Tourism charter

Wairere Boulders are one of the pilot businesses for the Northland Sustainable Tourism Charter

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Waste oil

Most waste oil is reused as bar lube for chain saws.

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PR by website and internet

All information and our brochure is available on the Net, so brochures for individuals do not have to be sent by mail

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Other tourist attraction

Paper notes are handed out to help travellers to find other nature attractions easily

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Advise on health

People with pains and health problems are advised how to help their ailment with low-cost natural remedies

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Carbon zero

We conserve 90 ha of bush to offset our carbon consumption

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Office heating

Office is heated by double burner stove and local fire wood

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Drinking water

We offer free filtered local drinking water, instead of processed and reticulated water in plastic bottles

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Walking sticks

Free recyclable walking sticks are offered to visitors (Tea Tree)

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History

We research the local history and display it in our InfoShed and website. Also we tell passing tourists about the history of our place and the surrounding area

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Collaboration with NRC Enviro Fund

We closely collaborate with the NRC in conservation issues to preserve the unique and special environment in the Wairere valley

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Charity

We regularly donate money to NZ charities

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Batteries

We only use rechargeable batteries for business cameras and GPS

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Advertisement

We created A2 posters for advertisement to save on distribution of numerous A4 brochures

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Community support

Creating, maintaining and paying for two websites,  tourism in Hokianga and town of Horeke

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Furniture

Only use second hand furniture or timbers used from sustainable logging