We’re proud to be part of our local community. It’s important to us to support local initiatives and groups in Otago. Here are some of the ways we’re doing that.
Research and Education
The New Zealand Falcon Research Project
We are co-funding a three-year research programme (together with City Forests, the Otago Regional Council and others) to investigate breeding success of Karearea in plantation forests.
We have commissioned aquatic scientist, Dr Richard Allibone, to survey populations of galaxids (native freshwater fish) in our forests. His work will be used to plan – and minimise the impacts of – our future operations.
Our forests have attracted many researchers wanting to know more about the species that live in this environment. Wenita is pleased to work with organisations interested in carrying out research in areas that support our goals for safety, sustainability and efficiency.
Our forests are fascinating environments for learners of all ages – whether they are visiting on a school trip or for their post-graduate research projects. University students are regularly employed to gather forest inventory information or for special one-off projects such as stream monitoring and flora and fauna surveys.
Recreation and Sport
Otago Youth Adventure Trust
Wenita is pleased to have Berwick Lodge in our Berwick Forest. This lodge provides accommodation and a wide range of outdoor activities. Many groups of adults and children have used the lodge and enjoyed the confidence course, tramping and kayaking.
NZ Rally Championships
Every second year local and international competitors look forward to testing themselves on challenging stages through Wenita’s forests.
Hunting is the most popular recreational activity in our forests. Pigs, deer, goats, possums and rabbits are all hunted. Hunters must be registered with us before they can book access and we currently have a waiting list of hunters wanting to register. See ‘Use of the Forest’ page for more details.