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Encouraging more young people to join clubs/Empowering more young people to explore the outdoors: Are organised club trips too regimented for youth? Can club environments be changed to make young adults feel more empowered, inde- pendent, and that they ‘own’ trips (including planning/decision making)? Would a scholarship to encourage backcountry adventure/ exploration be worth considering? How can clubs be better marketed as useful resources to this age group that are available for them to tap in to?

The above list and topics are not intended as exhaustive and all input is welcome. We hope that a representative from your club would be able to attend. If this is not possible, but you would still like to provide us with your thoughts and ideas, then electronic submissions sent to the co- ordinators (in time for inclusion with the discussion on the day) are welcome.

For those that do wish to attend, we would ap- preciate it if you could please send an RSVP to (Jane) by no later than (21/04/10) to assist us with our planning and so that we can send you an information sheet with final arrangements. Note that morning and afternoon teas would be provided but that attendees would need to make their own arrangements for lunch.

Jane Dudley (09-815 2281) jane.dudley@gmail.com Dennis Page (04 970 6901) dennis.page@bdg.co.nz

Opportunity for submission- Mining in our National Parks

The government is currently looking at opening up areas in Coromandel, Great Barrier, Papa- roa and Rakiura National Park for mining opera- tions. In order to mine in national parks and on public lands the government must amend Sec- tion 4, which would mean no notification of min- ing is required. While this would make life eas- ier for the mining companies, amending section 4 could set up a precedence leading to further mining in national parks.

Here is an opportunity for NZAC to put in a submission. We would like everyone in the club


to be informed and add to make a submission under the Otago section.

For more information read: http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/what-we-do/pu blications/media-releases/forest-bird-reveals-go vernment-mining-plans

http://www.med.govt.nz/templates/MultipageDo cumentTOC____42792.aspx

Or check out “No mining in national parks” on Facebook.

Public submissions close on the 4th of May. Please send comments by 20 April to the editor. www.wildthecity.wordpress.com

Centre for Science Communication University of Otago, Dunedin


Do you recognise this character who was out tramping recently? If you can name him and identify the bridge he is standing on, a bottle of

pinot is yours !

Guesses to the editor.

..... (unfortunately, Pinot

prize only applies to Dunedinites! )


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