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News from The Lodge at Tikana

Qualmark-Enviro-SilverTIKANA AWARDED ENVIRO-GOLD

New Zealand is the first country to have a fully integrated quality and environmental performance tourism assurance system. This was introduced as part of the Qualmark assessment criteria mid way through 2008. In December 2008 The Lodge at Tikana became the first accommodation provider in the lower South Island to be awarded the prestigious Enviro-Gold status. This is evidence of achieving the pinnacle of responsible tourism processes within our operation.

We have always had a leaning toward environmental awareness and sustainable practices. We adopt a holistic approach to sustainability where environmental, social, cultural and economic aspects are all included. Read our Environmental Policy Statement for more detail.

Southland – on the world stage

The highly regarded publication Travel & Leisure Australia, December 2008 edition identified its top 20 emerging destinations from all over the globe.

“From the chic Mediterranean to the peaceful Pacific, T & L spotlights 20 of our favourite up-and-coming places where your dollar still goes far – and authentic experiences are well within reach.”

Southland was ranked #3

“This spectacular, sparsely populated natural wonderland encompasses under-visited attractions such as the World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park, The Catlins and the Southern Scenic Route, while for the more adventurous there’s Stewart Island.”
“Visitors to this remote region will experience pristine forests, waterfalls, lakes and rugged coastlines, and glimpse endangered wildlife.”

National Accolades for Tikana Deer

Tikana Wapiti sire bulls, Kobe and Trilogy achieved unprecedented success in New Zealand velvet competitions this season.

December 2007 saw the running of the 26th National Velvet Competition where 7yr old Kobe won the Open Wapiti section and went on to win the All Comers Trophy when pitted against the best Red Deer velvet in New Zealand. Kobe produced a very tidy 17.3kg head of velvet this season to take out the award. His win contributed to Tikana's most successful on farm auction of wapiti sire bulls in January 2008. Buyers came from throughout New Zealand with a son of Kobe's topping the sale.

Further national honours were achieved by Trilogy who was named Champion of Champions at the Elk & Wapiti Society of New Zealand's annual velvet competition. Trilogy is only 5yrs old and cut 17.8kg of velvet which is a record for a bull of his age. This exciting young bull would be expected to improve on this year's performance over the next 4 to 5 yrs.

 

Trilogy

 

Autumn 2007 – Tikana supports wildlife conservation.

 

We are very fortunate in New Zealand to have the huge array of birdlife that is our heritage. New Zealand bush at one time pulsed with the sound of native birds. The introduction of opossums, rodents and stoats over a century ago has had a decimating effect on our birdlife. Many species have suffered a significant decline in population, some are now endangered species and some extinct.

Stoat control operations are an increasingly important part of threatened species recovery programmes in New Zealand. Tikana is proud to be an active supporter of the Wairaurahiri Jet stoat trapping project www.wjet.co.nz

 

“Our company operates in the heart of Southern Fiordland. Over time we have noticed that birds we once took for granted that they would always be there are now not so plentiful or are gone completely.
Gone from the area in our life time are the Kiwi, Weka, Saddleback, Kokako, Brown Teal and Blue Duck.
Under dire threat are the remnant populations of Kaka, Falcon, Parakeet, Robin, Little Shag,, Morepork and if there are any left the Mohua or Yellowhead.
Our intention is to place traps along the east bank of the
Wairaurahiri River from Lake Hauroko to the sea. (125 traps)”

 

We applaud their efforts and are confident they will help reverse the trend and help protect and restore our native bird populations for future generations to enjoy.

 

 


 

 

The Lodge at Tikana - 374 Livingstone Road - Browns - RD 1 Winton - Southland - N Z - Phone/fax: +64 3 2364117 Email: info@tikana.co.nz

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