Bushman Walks with ‘Sam The Trap Man’

Date: Friday 24 May

Location: Windy Hill sanctuary

Time: 10:00am start with a lunch break followed by a short Q&A

Length: Approx. 3hrs

Description: This walk has been set up for senior class students of our three primary kura. Sam will share his story from a young keen hunter to where he is today and showcase his expert knowledge on flora and fauna. Sam works with youth and schools capturing their imaginations and inspiring them to learn more about our natural surroundings.

This walk is for students only, not open to general public

Date: Saturday 25 May

Location: TBC, likely Windy Hill Sanctuary

Time: 2:00pm 

Length: Approx. 2hrs

RSVP – make sure you get in touch! Limited numbers

Pick up & drop off available along the main trunk from Okiwi South

Description: Sam is a keen hunter gatherer. After his first visit to Aotea last year for the EcoFest, he shared a desire to catch up with locals who have similar interests and what he has learnt to look out for when out hunting over the years that just might make a difference on the next hunt. This walk will not just be for hunters though, rather anyone who loves to explore the bush, forage, hike or just wants to learn a whole heap about Aotea’s unique bush landscape is welcome. Hunting will be a focus topic for discussion as will mahinga kai.

Followed by a beverage with Sam.

Date: Sunday 26 May

Location: Glenfern Sanctuary

Time: 1:00 pm

Length: Approx. 2 hrs

RSVP – make sure you get in touch! Limited numbers

Description: The final walk of Sams stay will be for all our eco warriors out there that are involved in or have a passion for the restoration and rehabilitation of Aotea’s environment. Sam will share his wide range of bush knowledge, mahinga kai , and also discuss his experiences with pest control efforts and some of the success he has seen over the years from these. Included will be the opportunity to hear about the Eastern Whio Link Project which is hunter and fisherman-led conservation project in the upper reaches of the Waioeka Gorge (between Opotiki and Gisborne) with a goal to protect the whio (blue duck).

RSVP required for walks 2 & 3

Contact Thomas Daly at

thomas@envirokiwi.co.nz | 022 303 4562

You may remember Hamiora from last year’s Ecology Festival where he gave a riveting presentation that you can watch here.

Words by Aotea Ecology Vision