Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40Rotorua Sustainable Living Strategy Toitū te oranga o Rotorua | Page 21 Sustainable Living Portfolio Lead Councillor Janet Wepa and Steering group message Rotorua Canopy Tours Conservation Manager and legend guide Gary Coker works with the Department of Conservation to manage the conservation programme. “Our hope is that one day soon we will have the whole forest (500ha) under pest control and will be able to reintroduce some rare native birds and have safe breeding conditions to restore the ecosystem to one similar to that of pre-human times”. Back in 2012 the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve was a quiet place, that came alive at night; but not in a good way. The forest was crawling with possums and rats and unfortunately our native species we not doing very well at all. A trapping programme started in 2013 after raising $35,000 from the zipline tours. Within a couple of weeks over 800 animals were caught and the birds and insects slowly started returning to this safe area of the forest. Some amazing finds in early 2016 include a rare striped skink and more recently pacific geckos hanging out on canopy platforms. The iconic Papakura Geyser went to sleep in 1979, after 90 years of continuous eruption, highlighting the damage to geysers caused by private and commercial boring in the area. In what may be a world-first, the resulting bore closure programme of the 1980s has seen Papakura Geyser rejuvenated and showing signs of life again after nearly 35 years. Today you can view the geyser’s miraculous recovery for yourself, as it bubbles and even erupts to nearly half the size of its earlier years. Papakura was known as a constantly spouting hot spring of great regularity, and a jewel in the crown of Whakarewarewa thermal valley.