Volunteer and keen tramper Kevin Curd.

Kevin Curd is a keen tramper and for more than 40 years he and his family have been discovering and rediscovering the wonders of our Mounga.

For the last 20 years Kevin has been an active member of the New Plymouth Tramping Club. And until recently he was President.

Kevin and many of the club’s 350 members have been volunteering their time on a number of projects for many years across Egmont National Park. This includes servicing traplines, helping with hut and track maintenance, volunteering as hut wardens during peak seasons, helping to monitor toutouwai and kiwi, and some members even grow mealworms for toutouwai monitoring.

Kevin recalls some of his volunteering times which includes scraping down and painting the windows at the North Egmont Camphouse, as well as re-staining the Wainangoro Hutt, which is 900m up the mountain and set on a cliff-side high above the Waingongoro Stream.

“Nearly all the huts have magnificent views of the mountain, the bush, then all over Taranaki to the sea,” he says. “It’s really relaxing, there is no pressure and you’re having fun.”

He enjoys working alongside DOC staff who he says have wonderful knowledge of the area and are great storytellers.

Kevin will continue to volunteer and is pleased to be supporting activities on Mounga.

“We are all part of the link. A lot of people before us have done this work. We are just continuing by doing our little bit,” he says. “And there are plenty of young people to take over from us.”