The Volunteers of HSIS plan for 7 work days each year, which commence in the Spring in September and conclude in May.
The work carried out is to a prioritised Annual Work Plan which is developed and agreed with DOC representatives during the Winter, so that both parties are clear as to the works to be carried out during the Summer months.
The schedule of work days on Saturday mornings each month from September is decided at the AGM of the Society and published in the Newsletter following. They are also publicised in the monthly editions of the Ngongotaha News. If the weather is bad enough to prevent work that day, it is postponed until the following weekend.
Volunteers bring their own tools along, according to the work to be done on the day. We meet in the Carpark at 9.30 am, sign in, go through a briefing and regulatory Health and Safety briefing, and then head off into the designated area[s] of the Reserve, to get stuck in.
There is usually a break for a drink and home baking, and work concludes at or around midday. It is generally surprising how much has been done during the 2 ½ hours by a band of approx. 20 or more hard working volunteers of all ages.
The Work Day always concludes with some socialising during a barbecue and buffet lunch at a Member’s home. This is a chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company, swap a few yarns. The highlight is prior to Christmas when we celebrate with a Ham and lashings of other treats.
The Work Days are in fact very convivial and a lot of fun, rather than a chore.
Next scheduled Work Days:
Sat. October 27th 2012
Sat. November 24th 2012
(followed by end of year windup lunch)
Tues. November 20th. 2012