Rounds seven and eight of Kawhe for Koha saw the mountain folk of the southern lakes district give back to their local environment. The first 100 Otis Oat M!lk coffees sold at @trebleconenz went to their chosen charities, the Plant-a-Seed project which is a major replanting project all about making our maunga as beautiful as it can be, and POW (Protect Our Winters) who connect passionate outdoor enthusiasts and everyone who loves and needs winter to generate positive climate outcomes.
The first 100 Otis Oat M!lk coffees sold at @cardronanz Little Meg Cafe and Apres Cafe in Wanaka went to their chosen charity, the Kārearea Conservation Project, which is a community project led by Cardrona Alpine Resort to protect NZ’s only native Falcon, the kārearea. The kārearea is a taonga (treasure) within our environment. A massive thank you to the amazing teams at Cardrona and TC for hosting and @allpressespresso for providing the caffeine.
Hi Daisy, can you let the people know Cardrona AND TC’s offering and reason for being? Cardrona/TC's primary reason for being is to provide an exceptional winter sports and mountain experience. We wish to promote outdoor recreation, and get everyone on board with mountain life.
Besides caffeine, what gets you out of bed in the morning?
Living in the stunning town of Wanaka and working at Cardrona provides me with a daily dose of motivation that goes beyond caffeine. The connection with nature here is unmatched. I get to witness the apricot sunrise over the white peaks and the serenity of the early-morning ski runs. It's not just a job; it's a lifestyle. There's a feeling of kinship among the ski resort community, and that shared passion for the slopes and the outdoors is something I look forward to each day.
Thank you for being a part of Kawhe for Koha, could you tell us a little about the charity you’ve chosen and why?
We have chosen The Cardrona Kārearea Conservation Project. It's a community project lead by Cardrona Alpine Resort. The project is supported by the businesses and people of the valley who all share a passion for the environment and are keen to help conserve the kārearea and help it thrive. The kārearea is New Zealand’s only native falcon species and is a taonga (treasure) within our environment. The species is our most threatened bird of prey, with threats such as predation by introduced mammalian predators, loss of habitat and wide-ranging human impact. The totemic presence of kārearea in the Maunga of Te Waipounamu (mountains of the South Island) is of vital importance to our ecological, cultural and societal health.
2024 is just around the corner (which is terrifying), what are you hopeful for in our next spin around the sun?
I am excited to involve myself with more sustainable initiatives within Cardrona. I'm also stoked to spend the summer in Wanaka and immerse myself in its abundant outdoor beauty.