Eco Initiatives

Environmental Initiatives At Mohua Park

Here at Mohua Park we have consciously made sustainable choices in the planning and rebuild of the property. We wanted to create an environment that allows people to connect with nature. We've achieved this by: the materials we have chosen for construction, by designing our buildings to complement the landscape, and we have setup practices for waste reduction, energy and water savings. We encourage our guests to actively participate in these practices because we respect nature and are passionate about sustainable living. Read on to learn more about the approaches we have taken that make us eco-friendly.

Pest Eradication

Close monitoring for pest control/eradication is ongoing at Mohua Park.

We use traps and bait stations for

  • possum

  • stoat

  • rats

  • wild cat

Weekly checks are done on stoat & rat stations or traps.

To date trap/station captures:

  • 15 possums

  • 40 stoats

  • 6 wild cats

These measures allow bird life to flourish at Mohua Park. Forest rejuvenation is also enhanced. Possums skins are processed by a local farmer.

Track monitoring & maintenance

Bush tracks are maintained without disturbing the ground roots or young plants. Bush weeds and vines are carefully monitored and cut down when possible as per the QE11 covenant agreement for Mohua Park

Extensive work has been done at the pond and creek on the southern corner of the property to clear silt and mud build up enhancing flow to the natural wetlands. Once the wetland has drained sufficiently, replanting of this area can begin.

Waste Management

2019/20

It is our plan to work towards a zero-waste property. We have eliminated the use of plastic bags in our cottages for rubbish bins and food waste bins. Instead of plastic use, we will wash containers at each clean.

All goods purchased for Mohua Park are being purchased as bulk items. We are providing our own containers for this to eliminate plastic bag use from primary industry goods.

We encourage our guests in the safe disposal of their waste, and active recycling of waste from the cottages.

All cottages are equipped with 2 large recycling bins for glass or paper.

Food waste bins are also provided.

All rubbish is sorted on the property, then taken to the Recycling Centre in Balclutha for disposal.

Food waste is composted and reused in the property gardens or used in our worm farm.

Green Waste is collected where possible and composted or is left to sit in its natural state in the bush, as per QE11 Covenant agreement for Mohua Park.

Organic/Natural solutions have been used for capture of wasps during the summer months. Wasps can occasionally be bothersome for guests so a sealed container using a combination of water/honey or jam is used to trap them.

Homestead Gardens

Care has been taken with clearing the homestead gardens of bothersome weeds. New soil has been added to build up the garden beds.

Research carried out for era style plantings for the villa. The gardens have been replanted with old fashioned tea/hybrid roses, herbs to be used while retaining the thousands of bulbs discovered in the clean-up. An area has been extensively cleared by the green shed, this was an area that was choking in bush vine and weeds, this has been resewed with a beautiful mix of wildflowers enhancing the area for many months, which encourages bees and butterflies to the area.

 

Alternative heating

Alternative heating options have been researched for Korimako and Riroriro cottages. At present, these have minimal heating with the use of wall heaters run by electricity. We are closed for 4 months during our coldest time of the year, eliminating high power usage. Solar power is being considered for the homestead.

Water

Natural rain collection is our only source of water at Mohua Park. Total storage 90,000L property. A water level indicator allows us to easily monitor water usage. Careful monitoring is carried out throughout the summer months.

 

Future Developments – 5year plan

We harvested 3 Ha pines on the southern end of property in 2018. Our aim is to redeveloped this into a lifestyle block with animals where guest’s can interact with them. There will be 4-6 paddocks with suitable water and grassing of area.

 

Our Garden & Produce

We try to grow as much as possible in our own gardens, use fertilizers directly from our compost and worm farm keeping our gardens as organic as possible.

We grow much of our own meat and get this processed by a registered abattoir or we buy meat from local farms such as Silver Fern Farms.

Our catered meals are all homemade goods. Wholesome home-cooked meals prepared by us. We may not be trained chefs, however, we both come from families with a love of good food, cooked superbly and well presented.

 

Our ECO Cottages

Our cottages are stocked with Only Good products including shampoo, conditioner, body wash and hand wash. We choose the brand Only Good because their products are made from 100% natural ingredients. You’ll find eco dish washing liquid and we use environmentally friendly and septic safe non-toxic cleaning products.

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Catlins Mohua Park Eco Accommodation

744 Catlins Valley Road, Tawanui, RD 2, Owaka 9586

New Zealand

+64 (0) 3 415 8613

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