burning huts in Te Urewera
More than a dozen back country huts in Te Urewera have been dismantled and the timber burnt as the Tūhoe iwi authority moves ahead with its controversial plan to remove huts in the former National Park.
Stuff revealed earlier in October that the governance entity Te Uru Taumatua (TUT) was removing 48 back-country huts, which it claimed were either near or past their end-of-life. The plan has the full support of the Department of Conservation (DOC).
Some huts would be replaced by bespoke, “fit-for-purpose” structures, providing a base for workers and better access and facilities for visitors, TUT said. However, no details of the replacement buildings have been released yet, and it’s unclear how many new huts would be built.
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