Are you interested in finding out more about the support services available as we as a community make a stand against Meth? Join us on 1 August at Te Pae Tata to hear all about the mahi being done around the region by a number of agencies
As part of Ruapehu Whānau Transformation’s (RWT) Te Whare Āhuru Ki Ruapehu the research team at the University of Canterbury Mechanical Engineering Department have graduated with flying colours while working on our project. To find out more, here is the pānui from the University of Canterbury Mechanical Engineering Department:
Last year as part of the final year programme, they completed cutting-edge research and development projects, sponsored by some of New Zealand’s most interesting companies. One of our team’s with Ryland Martin of Taupo and Daniel Bishop of Christchurch had a very unique engineering project. Their client was the community of people in the Ruapehu District and in particular, the Ngāti Rangi Iwi. Electricity has become particularly expensive in Ohākune because of huge winter demand peaks when skiers come for the weekend. A spike from 2 MW up to over 10 MW of demand is extremely difficult for the network operator to supply and thus becomes a costly problem. The housing stock in the area is mostly old and uninsulated, and causing health issues. The limited availability of year-round employment also causes financial pressure on many families.
From left: Graduates Ryland Martin, Lap Kei Leung and Daniel Bishop
The team took on the challenge of discovering a transition for the local problems of energy and affordable housing. Their solution was to gather all the data and model the possibility of growth of a local industry to fell, craft and build solid log homes in a new Maori-respectful style. The team found that sufficient Radiata Pine is available to the Iwi, skilled builders and carpentry training are available, and that the work could be both permanent and dovetailed with other seasonal work. A design for a house called Te Whare Ahuru was developed through meetings with stakeholders including the council building officers and discussions with many Iwi members. The team researched international standards and used modern building engineering modelling tools to determine that 300 mm diameter logs would meet the current NZ standard for insulation value, and would provide added benefits of thermal mass and moisture regulation. They researched and modeled the seismic performance of the saddle cut log design, finding that these kinds of structures are among the most earthquake safe homes possible.
The team estimated that with local labor, the cost of a new house could be around $150,000 and building 10 houses per year would generate 3 permanent jobs in the community. A demonstration version of the Te Whare Ahuru is currently being built by Natural Log Homes of Geraldine, and will be tested by University of Canterbury for thermal and energy performance. The on-going research project will help to develop a New Zealand wide standard for the home design, construction and materials which will substantially lower building costs.
The project was awarded the top prize for sustainability in design by the Engineers for Responsibility.Read More
Community, camaraderie and caring came to the fore in an epic battle at the Raetihi Rec on Sunday.
Defending their inaugural Top Town title, the meticulous military planning of Waiouru was not quite enough to beat Raetihi who also triumphed over a determined Ohākune.
Captained by Barney Warbrick, the hosts had to dig deep at the Ruapehu Whānau Transformation and Ngāti Rangi hosted event when the competition’s undeniably toughest player was forced to retire after popping his shoulder out of its socket.
Never one to shy away from physical contact, Ruapehu rugby legend Peter Rowe was the perfect team member for Raetihi to line up in the carrot competition.
Inspired by the surf lifesaving flag event, the loose forward had to be assisted from the field after coming off second best while diving for a carrot.
Mr Warbrick said despite the loss, his team were delighted win the Top Town Crown.
“How can you not be inspired by Pete’s commitment to the team?
“After popping his shoulder he just said, ‘it’s ok captain, I got the carrot’.
“It was great fun today and while each team had 20 on the field the whole community has got behind everyone.
“A huge thanks to Ohākune and Waiouru for such a great day of fun competition, Chaana [Morgan] and all the volunteers and marshals, Lilburn Transport, Pearsons, Proude Contracting, Marty McGrath, Missy, the Papahaua boys as well as Tian and Maria Beukes.”
Waiouru captain WO2 Brent Pene also congratulated all the competitors for the strength of spirit and camaraderie they had bought to the event.
“We don’t get together as a region enough and while it was pretty competitive out there, please pass on our regards to the big guy [Mr Rowe], I could understand if he had had a rugby ball, but [injured] diving for a carrot?
“Waiouru will go home and eat our humble pie, but next year in Ohākune, you better watch out.”
As a carry on from last years donations to the Raetihi Kōhanga Reo, all the money raised from this years event is being donated equally to Manu Kōrero and Te Aroha Kōhanga Reo.Read More
The epic regional battle for dominance between Raetihi, Ohākune and Waiouru is back this Sunday as the annual fight for the Top Town crown begins.
Back to defend their title at the Raetihi Domain and Recreational area, Waiouru team coordinator Warrant officer Class 2 Solomon Vaetoru said his group is starting to shape up well.
“This is a great opportunity to bring everyone together through comradeship and enjoyment, that’s what I like to think Top Town does.
“Teams were really pulling together and helping each other.
“Last year some people knew each other, some didn’t and they all came together to enjoy each other’s company.”
Bringing people together to compete in a Top Town style event also provides an opportunity to celebrate the region as a whole.
“Often as towns, because we are so isolated we’ve a tendency to do things separately.
“Last year there were a lot of people in the team I hadn’t met or seen before and having the different age groups really helps to break down the barriers within our community.
“Having the three towns competing against each other helps us grow together as a region.”
Working with Ruapehu Whānau Transformation, last year Mr Vaetoru organised a wide range of challenges for the event.
In anticipation of needing a mentally and physically team, his group for Sunday is shaping up to be a strong cross-section of talent.
“I’d like to think last year went exactly how I thought it would go with people enjoying themselves.
“The atmosphere, the feeling, it was people having fun, adults and kids doing something they wouldn’t normally do on a Sunday afternoon.”
There are still some limited places available in the Raetihi, Ohākune and Waiouru teams but numbers are capped with each team of 20 needing representatives in the 13-16, 17-25, 26-40 and 41+ age groups.
For more information on this Sunday’s Top Town or to register for one of the teams please call the Ngāti Rangi office on 0800 N RANGI.Read More