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VOLUNTEER DAY AT THE VICTORIA BATTERY WAIKINO 28TH JULY 2021

9.00AM TO 3.00PM

This event is also advertised on the DOC website so feel free to share https://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/volunteer/in-your-region/bay-of-plenty/volunteer-days-in-tauranga/

Activity/Work description

Vegetation maintenance at the Victoria Battery Historic Reserve

Activity location/Workplace 

 Access Victoria Battery off SH2, sharp turn into Waitewheta Rd, then sharp turn after the bridge into the road access for Victoria Battery, or park opposite Waikino Hotel and uase the Foot Bridge and a short walk to the Battery

Activity/Work dates

JUly 28th, 2021 Wednesday 

9am – 3pm – Meeting at the Car park area at the end of the gravel road. Optional parking is in the rest bay off state highway 2 adjacent to the Waikino Hotel. Access can be by foot over the foot bridge.

Purpose of the volunteer role

Volunteers will gain the opportunity to learn about the heritage reserve and assist the Department of Conservation and the Victoria battery Tramway Society with the maintenance of the grounds.

Volunteers can apply their skills and learn about this special place from experienced and knowledgeable DOC rangers and the Victoria Battery Tramway Society.

Key tasks

  • Weed management 
  • Pruning
  • Clearing vegetation for historic artifacts

Attributes/Skills required

  • Confidence and experience working with sharp cutting tools and sharp edges
  • Listen to instruction and take care in the activity of removing pest plants.
  • Medium fitness level 

Work environment

This worksite is a heritage site with visitors on foot and bicycles.

The area is exposed to the elements of sun and rain.

It is advisable to bring any pastoral environment allergy medication, as there is an increased risk of exposure to insects, wasps, bees and grasses when removing weeds.

Equipment and other resources provided by DOC

Equipment: hand tools i.e. secateurs

PPE: First Aid Kit available, gardening gloves, high visibility vest

Transport: By request, seats are limited 

Food: Muesli bars, fruit and refill water 

Training: Onsite health and safety talk (JSA)

What to bring

  • Sturdy outdoor footwear 
  • Protective gloves (if you prefer your own)
  • Wet weather gear
  • Sunhat and sunscreen (if applicable)
  • Camera
  • Lunch and a water bottle

Other information

Learn more about Victoria Battery and the Victoria Battery Tramway Society from the links below:

Contact Person

Department of Conservation, Volunteer coordinator 

Nataalia Lunson, Community Ranger, Tauranga 

Ph: 027 536 6847 

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Named after Queen Victoria in her 60th jubilee year, the Battery had 200 stampers, the largest number at one time of any similar site in the world crushing on an average of 800 tonnes of ore per day – six days a week.

It was the largest quartz ore processing plant in Australasia and one of the biggest industrial sites in New Zealand in the early 1900’s. Then it was the country’s largest producer of gold -10 times more than the next largest battery.

Our Society provides attractions on open days to give an insight into aspects of the hard rock processing in the good ole tough goldmining days when men worked hard, often in not ideal conditions and for very little pay.

We are open

Saturday, Sundays and Public Holidays from 10:00am to 3:00pm:

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How to find us

Visitor feedback

Come and enjoy some New Zealand history.

 

Awesome history.

 

Cool - thank you.

 

Fascinating insight.

 

Electrifying.

 

Good ole days.

 

Just golden.

 

Keep up the good work – well done.

 

Wicked!

 

Unbelievable.

 

Really worth a look.

 

What I didn’t know about.

 

To be recommended.

 

Very educational.

 

Lots to learn – thanks.

 

Really friendly.

 

Don’t let history die.

Contact us

Phone Mail Email
+64 (0)21 09 017 915 Victoria Battery Tramway & Museum Society Inc.
P.O. Box 173, Waihi, 3641, New Zealand
info@vbts.org.nz