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Who Founded HutReno?

The founder of HutReno is David Moore.

With thirty years of hiking experience in New Zealand’s great outdoors, David is no stranger to spending time in backcountry huts. He is an outdoors creature of habit, as well as a motivationalist, counsellor, author, group and retreat therapist.

David and his wife Jean received an Unsung Hero’s Award in parliament for their work with Marriage and Family in 2014. The Award was in recognition for creating the STEPS Living and Loving Freely Treatment Programme for problematic sexual behaviour/s. The Award represents a first for the counselling industry in New Zealand.

In late 2019 a new retreat programme will be launched that brings together the dynamic of group therapy and the therapeutic values from nature for creating change.

The programme: embraces elements of eco-therapy that is drawn from his tramping and counselling experience over the past three decades.

David, a former Salvation Army officer also offers management and business mentoring. He also has a range of renovation and home handyman skills and isn’t afraid of mucking in. David is a member of the Auckland Baptist Tramping and Howick Tramping Clubs.

Is there Department of Conservation involvement in HutReno Projects?

Without collaboration from the Department of Conservation or other stakeholders, the volunteer services of HutReno are ineffectual. All volunteer projects and/or services are subject to the consideration, requirements, protocols, direction and signoff from DOC and/or other stakeholders.

Are HutReno projects only related to Backcountry Huts?

HutReno will undertake other volunteer services related to hut maintenance or refurbishment as time, availability of volunteers or other circumstances allow.

What is a HutReno Project Profile?

A Project Profile provides details of a completed HutReno project once the adequate number of volunteers have registered their interest. A Project Profile will detail a range of important matters for volunteers to be fully informed ahead of time.

What is a HutReno Project Calendar?

A Project Calendar comprises possible up and coming HutReno backcountry project/s that are being discussed with DOC.

What information is needed for making an informed decision on becoming a backcountry volunteer?

In addition, from what is provided on this website, once a HutReno project is complete, a Project Profile will be emailed to each volunteer. Information on accommodation arrangements, meals, and all other details will be made available in full detail in this profile so that volunteers are kept well informed. Depending on the demand for HutReno services and time available, volunteers will be kept up to date throughout each project however a Project Profile will be the most effective way of complying and simplifying all the information required. The development of a HutReno App for communicating any Project Profile updates is being considered.

HutReno Vision

HutReno validates each volunteer’s commitment to the core of conservation efforts and holds to scientific evidence-based practice to conservation efforts throughout New Zealand.

HutReno Background

HutReno came about because DOC ranger Duncan Anthony went beyond the call of duty to widen a track near Hope Kiwi Lodge on a small part of New Zealand’s Te-Araroa Trail in the Lake Summer Forest Park.

We want to hear from you

Get in touch and register your interest today. All enquiries are welcome.