|Case Study Wairere Boulders|
|1. Business Background|
|Business Name||Wairere Boulders Nature Park|
|Business Type||Geological attraction|
|Main Products||Eco-tourism boulder encounter|
|Number of staff||Two owners|
|Number of sites you operate from||One – Horeke, Hokianga Harbour|
|In business since||November 2002|
|Main markets||Domestic and international visitors of all ages|
|What key factors affect the success of your business?||
|2. Sustainable Business Practices|
What does sustainability mean to your business?
|Sustainability has been a life long commitment for the two owners of Wairere Boulders, and has been focused on the environment. It also now means that sustainability includes the business.|
|What sustainable business practices was your company using before being involved in this project?||
Due to the life long commitment to sustainability, Wairere Boulders had a significant number of key actions and initiatives in place:
|What was involved for your company in the project?||
Our business examined and monitored its activities from the Triple Bottom Line perspective. The Northland Sustainable Tourism Charter provided focus.
The process focused on issues like minimising waste, preserving nature, good communication with employees and fair social treatment, while still thinking about the financial bottom line.
This process requires personal honesty and some in depth thinking on how to implement good actions, such as above. This needs time and energy.
Where did the motivation come from to become involved in this project?
Sustainability and protection of the environment has been the goal of the owners since arriving from Switzerland in 1983. This background, coupled with personal curiosity, the opportunity to gain exposure for the business and to spur other businesses in the right direction, led to Wairere Boulders becoming involved.
|Who has been involved in the project to date and why?||Both owners were involved in all decisions and at all stages of the project.|
|How much time did your business spend on this initiative?||
Over six hours were spent preparing for the High Level Assessment.
The onsite assessment needed one day.
Additional time has been spent preparing the action plan and in talking to other businesses about the project.
|What steps has your company implemented since the start of the project?||
How do you see your company maintaining its commitment to the process started by this project?
||Wairere Boulders will maintain its commitment to sustainability as it always has – through personal conviction, dedication, passion and energy.|
|3. Commitments to Sustainability|
The Action Plan included a Statement of Intent, which set out the steps we have committed to take in support of the Northland Tourism Charter over the immediate, medium and long term. In summary, these were as follows:
Commitments to the Environment
Commitments to our Community
Commitments to the Company
|4. Advice to Others|
|What advice would you give to other businesses interested in becoming involved in a similar type of initiative?||
|5. Benefits of being in the project|
The benefits for Wairere Boulders were not so much in the areas of specific tools but more in terms of the following:
|6. Roadblocks to Sustainability|
There were a number of challenges in the project:
Organisation: Wairere Boulders Nature Park
Contact Persons: Felix or Rita Schaad
Address Postal: R.D. 1, Okaihau 0455
Physical: 70 McDonnell Road
Horeke, Hokianga Harbour
Phone: 09 401 9935