Sponsor a Kiwilogo Rimutaka Forest Park Trust

Calendar of Events

Here are some of the key events that the Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust and key partners are planning for the balance of 2014-

Upcoming Events...

Annual General Meeting

 Tuesday 9th September 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust will be held on Tuesday 9th September at the Life City Church, 1-3 Parkway, Wainuiomata, commencing at 7.30 pm.  All Welcome!

We have arranged a very topical and interesting after AGM speaker, Kevin Hackwell, Advocacy Manager, Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand'.

Kevin will give us an illustrated address on a fascinating new biodiversity conservation project “A Vision of a predator-free New Zealand, Our equivalent to putting a man on the moon?”


RFPT 25th Jubilee Charity Art Sale

The Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style this year, thanks to generous donations from two local artists and a private donor.

Artists Phil Waddington and Janet Andrews are showing their support for conservation and our community group by each donating original art works to the Trust for sale.

And a private donor has offered a truly magnificent original work by Jeanette Blackburn for sale! (Details here...)

Anyone wishing to view these paintings should contact Rosemary Thompson on (04) 569 4764, or email the Trust at info@rimutakatrust.org.nz.  The prices cited here are value estimates only and all sales will be via private negotiations.

Recent Events:

25th Anniversary Celebrations

The Rimutaka Forest Park Trust will mark its 25th year since inception on Saturday, 12th October, 2013 with a celebratory dinner on the Esplanade at Petone complete with fine food, speeches and an amazing 25th Jubilee Art Sale of works by top NZ artists.

Full details here..."Time to Celebrate!"

The Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, 15th October, 2013 - 7.30pm

The Trust's AGM will again be held at the Wainuiomata Public Library and will provide members and guests with a full update on the Trust's recent activities, a financial report and an outline of our plans for the future. All Welcome!

The Guest Speaker will be Dr Barry Dent.

We hope that members and volunteers will come and support your society as it moves ahead to continue progress with Rimutaka forest conservation for the next 25 years. Some members of your committee will be retiring this year, so we hope that members and volunteers will consider election to the committee.

Conservation Week

Family Tree Planting Day - Catchpool

Sunday 8th September, 2013
10am to 2pm

All Welcome!

Get your dog trained to avoid kiwi

Our next Kiwi Avoidance Training Weekend is coming up on Saturday 3rd August and Sunday 4th August, 2013.

Training has been generously sponsored by a NZ Lotteries funding grant, so the cost to dog owners is Nil.

Bookings are essential, however.


So get yourself (and your dogs!) down to the Education Centre at the Catchpool entrance of the Rimutaka Forest Park at the appointed time.
Call Melody, on 027 452 4982 or Kelly, on 027 518 5939 to book your dog(s) in.

This is also your opportunity to have your dog re-assessed/ re-trained if they have previously completed the training in the past year or two.

Night at the Movies

Thursday, 18th October, 2012 - 7.30pm
The Lighthouse Theatre, Petone

RFPT Fundraising Movie Night - The Angels' Share
Admission $25 per person
Movie starts at 8.00pm

For details and tickets, please contact Rosemary Thompson on (04) 569 4764 - or email her at rosemary.thompson@xtra.co.nz

Kiwi Aversion Training - July 2012

Get your dogs trained to avoid kiwi for free and go in the draw for a dream hunting trip to the Motu for you and a mate (including helicopter transport for you both and up to 4 dogs!)

Terms and conditions apply... Download Details here:
Kiwi Avoidance Training

Sunday July 15th, 2012

Catchpool Centre, Rimutaka Forest Park

The Rimutaka Forest Park Trust will be running another kiwi aversion training event on Sunday July 15.

The training for your dog is free, thanks to funding from the Wellington Community Trust.

Book NOW! For more information contact Melody McLaughlin, on (04) 564 6213.

If you have a dog and visit the Rimutaka Forest Park for hunting or recreation you need to get it avoidance trained.

This is an affordable way to help safeguard our kiwi and your dog. The certification we provide can be used to take your dog into any kiwi area around the country (may be subject to regional restrictions, talk to the local DOC office first).

The 2011 Stoat Trappers' Ball

The 2011 Stoat Trappers' Ball is to be held at 7.30pm, on Saturday, 29th October. The venue is once again the beautiful Wainuiomata Golf Club on the Coast Road.

It'll be more fun than having a ferret run up your trouser leg!

Tickets are available from:

DOC Visitor Centre
18 Manners Street, Wellington - Tel: (04) 384 7770

Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre
25 Laings Road, Lower Hutt - Tel: (04) 560 4715

Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre
90 Main Rd, Upper Hutt - Tel: (04) 527 2141

Wainuiomata Book & Gift Shop
11 Queen St., Wainuiomata - Tel: (04) 564 5988

Don't miss this hilarious annual social event, which is also a fund-raiser for the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust.

Tickets are only $30 (Adults) and $20 for school-age children
(Under 5 free...)

There are fabulous prizes to be won and a number of highly desirable items to be auctioned. By way of example, last year we had fantastic donations of products and services from Interislander Ferries, Kathmandu, Wow Jewellery Design, Lighthouse Cinemas, Department of Conservation, Diocesan Car Fund, Trish Gibson, Wainuiomata Book & Gift Store and more!

More Upcoming Events...

Recent Events

Sausage-sizzle fund-raiser

Sunday, 20th February, 2011 - Petone

Come and meet some volunteers from the Trust and enjoy a tasty sausage sandwich while you learn about some of our activities in the Rimutaka Forest Park.

The team will be cooking up a storm outside The Warehouse, in Petone, so come on down!

Kiwi Aversion Training

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th March, 2011

Jim Pottinger will be down our way again to train your dog(s) to avoid kiwi.  Up-to-date Kiwi Avoidance certification for your dogs is essential for many hunting permit areas throughout New Zealand.  For further details and to book your dog in for training, please call Melody, on (04) 564 6213

Visitor Centre Catchpool Valley Entrance

Hunters and their dogs being prepared for the Kiwi Avoidance Training session

Hunting dogs and pets being prepared for their kiwi aversion training session with Jim Pottinger at the Catchpool Education Centre.

Wainuiomata Water Walks

Sunday 7th of November and Sunday 12th December, 2010

Our Wainuiomata Water Catchment neighbours to the Rimutaka Forest Park run regular free walks through rarely-seen pristine native forest so you can learn more about where our top-grade Wellington water supply comes from AND enjoy first-hand the unsurpassed beauty of unspoiled New Zealand lowland native forests and the abundant wildlife it contains!

 Book your place on a free guided Wainuiomata Water Walk here:  (This link will take you to the Greater Wellington Regional Council's website for Wainuiomata Water Catchment Tours contact and booking purposes

Kiwi Avoidance Training

Catchpool Centre - Rimutaka Forest Park
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th November, 2010

Call Melody, on (04) 564 6213 to book your dog(s) in now!

The camp kitchen in the Catchpool Camping Ground

The cookhouse in the camping ground beside the Catchpool Stream is just one of several modern amenity blocks and facilities offered to campers