By Lou Sanson, DOC Director-General
Today, the Minister of Conservation, Maggie Barry, and the Chief Executive of Genesis Energy, Albert Brantley, will open the new whio rearing facility at the Tongariro National Trout Centre near Turangi.
The Whio Forever DOC-Genesis Energy partnership put $40,000 into the centre; the Central North Island Blue Duck Charitable Trust put $10,000 into it; and DOC funded the remainder of what is going to be a major visitor attraction.
Turangi staff started the project at the old trout hatchery facility in March this year and the new facility is a testament to the hard work of everyone involved.
This is an impressive example of a successful partnership in the region, with the Department of Corrections (through prison labour), Taupo for Tomorrow, and Project Tongariro all contributing to the project.