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 2016.

Upcoming Events...


Our next Annual General Meeting will be held at the Petone Library meeting room on Thursday 22nd of September, 2016 commencing at 7:30pm.

Recent Events:

Catchpool Earth Day 2016

Friday 22nd April, 2016 9:30 - 12:30

Join DOC, Hutt City Council, the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust, US Ambassador Mark Gilbert and the US Embassy Team at a tree planting and conservation celebration event at the Catchpool Valley, Rimutaka Forest Park.

This will mark the official opening of our latest Eco-Hotspot in the Catchpool Valley and the US Embassy Team will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks Service in the USA.

Meet at the Trust kiosk at the top car park at 9:30am.

Wear outdoor clothes and sturdy footwear suitable for tree planting and an easy walk through beautiful native bush.

This is a Free Event. Trees and tools supplied by the Catchpool Restoration Project.

Earth Day 2016 banner

Kiwi Aversion Training for Dogs

Dear Dog owners,

We are running a one day kiwi aversion training for hunting or pet dogs on Sunday 1 May, 2016 with our experienced trainer, Jim Pottinger.

Dogs find the smell of kiwi irresistible and only have to clamp their jaws on a kiwi to kill it.

This training helps protect the 100 kiwi in the park.

The training will be held at the Catchpool Visitors Centre in the Rimutaka Forest Park, Wainuiomata. This is provided to you at a small cost of $10 per dog up to a maximum of $30 for 3 or more dogs.  (We have some sponsorship which will cover the remaining training fee).

If you would like to book in your dog(s), please contact Rosemary Thompson on (04) 569 4764 or 021 044 3279 or email sponsors@rimutakatrust.org.nz

We will try and accommodate your preferred time, morning, midday or afternoon, but times need to be little flexible as the time taken to train a dog varies from 10 minutes to 20 minutes.

For a booking we need your full name and contact details, your dog’s name and your preferred time.

 Little Blue Penguins avoidance training for dogs will be held in Eastbourne on Saturday 30 April with Jim.

To find out more and book in please email Sally Bain pfp.easternbays@gmail.com

Thank you From the team at the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust.

Trust End of Year Barbecue

Sunday 29th November, 2015 - 4pm

Catchpool Centre

Kiwi Aversion Training for Dogs

Saturday 7th November and Sunday 8th November

Details here...


Sunday 8th November, 2014 - 9am to 3pm
Waitangi Park - Wellington Waterfront

As one of the last activities during Conservation Week, Pest-Fest is a barrel of fun and a brilliant day out for the entire family.

There'll be games, activities, demonstrations, information on NZ plant and animal pests and how so many community organisations and volunteers are working alongside local, regional and central government agencies to protect our native wildlife.

For more information, call Christine Poad, (DOC) on 027 819 1939 - or download the Pest-Fest flyer... (PDF format)


Annual General Meeting

Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust Inc.

Tuesday 20th October 2015 - 7.30pm

Petone Library Meeting Rooms,
54 Richmond St, Petone

The AGM will be followed by an address by Dr Hugh Robertson, an eminent wildlife scientist & ecologist with long experience in kiwi research.

Can the Decline of Kiwi be Reversed?’

Movie Night

Thursday 30th July, 2015 at 6.30pm

Please join us in fundraising for the Rimutaka Forest Park Trust featuring a screening of 'Mr Holmes' - starring Ian McKellen.

This event will take place at the Light House Cinema, 52 Beach Road, Petone.

The price for your ticket includes a glass of wine and nibbles. (Single admission, $25.)

Tickets are available now from Peter Harvey, on 027 446 8117 - or Rosemary Thompson, on 04 569 4764.

Open Day - Catchpool

Sunday 2nd November, 2014 - 10.00am to 2.00pm


Celebrate Conservation Week by learning more about the kiwi practically in your backyard! You’re invited to join the outdoor festivities at Rimutaka Forest Park. There will be lots of fun, exciting activities going on throughout the day, ranging from live music to painting eggs for stoat traps.

We will also be launching the highly-anticipated Wellington Kiwi Ranger! This is a free interactive programme offered to kids of all ages encouraging kids to get out and explore nature. All you have to do is pick-up the free booklet, complete the activities, and earn your official Kiwi Ranger Badge! So, bring the kids and family—this day will be chock-full of good times to be had!

This free event will include:

There is no better way to “discover the world you live in” for Conservation Week than coming to visit your local Forest Park.


Sunday 2 November 2014
10:00 am to 2:00 pm


Catchpool Centre, Rimutaka Forest Park.




Amy Brasch
Email: abrasch@doc.govt.nz
Phone: +64 4 470 8434

Kiwi Aversion Training for your Dog - 11th October, 2014

The next Kiwi Aversion Training sessions for dogs will be held on Saturday 11th October, 2014 at the Catchpool Centre, Rimutaka Forest Park.

The training for your dog is FREE, thanks to generous sponsorship (though donations to the Trust are always helpful in support of our programmes in the park.)

For full details, view this page: Canine Kiwi Avoidance Training or download the flyer here: October 2014 KAT.

Book NOW! For more information, contact Melody McLaughlin, on (04) 564 6213 or 027 452 4982.

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.

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!