November 2009

  • The Red Hut, Nov 2009

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    The Red Hut on Poronui joined another building on the banks of the Taharua Stream about 1928. It was built to last from native Kauri wood. Unfortunately the original building is no longer there, but the red hut has withstood floods, lightning and many storms. During the 1994 flood it was hard to know which side of the hut the river would ultimately choose to flow past. When the floodwaters receded, the silt from the flood was simply hosed out and the hut was none the worst for wear.

    Originally the hut was a rabbiters' camp, and in later years became an outpost for Poronui Station. The Red Hut was used by government deer cullers, hunters, possum trappers, eelers, shepherds, fishers, hikers and even the odd poacher. People came from far and wide to stay at this iconic hut. To quote Tuulla Wall 'every man and his dog has slept there'. The names etched on the walls are testament to the number of people who visited the hut over the years many returning year after year after year. The earliest date above the fireplace is 1934. It oozes history - imagine the stories the walls could tell!

    Today it continues to draw many of its old friends to revisit it and continues to provide shelter for fishers, horse riders, hikers and hunters. 

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  • Trophies Look Good for 2010, Nov 2009

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    The warm weather in August is good news for stags and hunters alike! The influence of early grass growth, boosted by the warm August weather, is very apparent in the stags seen around Poronui, and bodes well for the autumn trophy hunting. Rusa are still in hard antler and will be until the New Year. 

    The quality of the antlers grown each year is heavily dependant on the condition of the stag when it drops its antlers, which happens in late August or September and begins to grow velvet. Stags that are in good condition will begin to grow new antler immediately whereas those that have not fared so well during the winter will need to wait for body condition to improve before velvet antlers will begin to grow. 

    While red, Sika and fallow deer have cast their antlers and are busily growing new velvet antlers it is good to see the Poronui Rusa doing so well. Rusa stags will remain in hard antler until the New Year offering a late season hunting opportunities. The additional forage available this year will also benefit Rusa as they are of tropical origin and can struggle in the colder climate if not able to get access to good quality food. 

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  • All About Eve, Nov 2009

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    Our Lodge Manager Eve Reilly was born near Clonmel in County Tipperary and had an alarmingly ordinary upbringing. One of five children and the eldest girl, it was the early death of her father that tipped her into a career in hospitality. 
    Rather than pay the excessive death duties on the family home when her father died, Eve and her mother Evie turned the family home into successful country guest house. After an eight-year apprenticeship in hospitality, Eve turned her special talent for making people feel at home to children, and qualified as a Montessori teacher. 
    In 1981, on one of her overseas quests, Eve discovered the land of the Long White Cloud. Enchanted by the people, the outdoor lifestyle and the proximity to fantastic wines, Eve returned to NZ in 1983 and settled in the North Island’s western most city - New Plymouth. It took six years for the pull of family and Ireland’s forty shades of green to take effect and Eve returned to County Tipperary via a spell teaching Montessori in Finland (where there is very little green!). 
    Realising she had made the right decision all along, Eve soon returned to New Zealand and took up her current role at Poronui in January 1993. In the sixteen years she has been at Poronui, Eve has been a steady steward through three changes of ownership. 

    In 1993, Poronui Lodge was owned by Simon Dickie, cox of the legendary rowing eight that won gold at the Munich Olympics. The 16,000 acre property was separately administered by Carter Holt Harvey, one of New Zealand’s biggest businesses. In 1998 the Blake family of California acquired the property, and a year later took ownership of the Lodge. Finally, in 2007 the Tuscaloosa-based Westervelt family purchased the combined entity, and are working with the team to build Poronui into one of the world’s finest outdoor pursuits properties.

    Westervelt’s passion for the natural environment and conservation, makes them the ideal partner for Poronui and it’s loyal staff. With Westervelt’s country manager, Steve Smith and his support team handling many of the administrative tasks, Eve is able to spend more of her time with our valued guests as warm and congenial host.

    Eve at work, Poronui Lodge

    When she’s not helping chefs Lisa and Claire select a menu for the evening’s festivities, or organising the minute detail of a guest’s itinerary, Eve can usually be found on the deck in front of the Lodge. A glass of Central Otago pinot noir in hand and a creamy blue cheese on the table, Eve will relax with her guests, sharing stories and tall tales of the one that got away or the trophy won. At her feet will be Tippet the terrier, born at Poronui eight years ago and now blind in one eye. As Eve tells it, rabbits are still in extreme danger around Tippet, except when they are lucky enough to appear on his ‘blind’ side! 

    And when the sun goes down and the last guest has retired to their luxury cabin for the evening, it will be Eve who washes the wine glasses and sets the breakfast table, ready for the beginning of another magical day at Poronui.

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  • New Season Fishing - Nov. 2009

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    The new fishing season is now well and truly up and running with some great early season results. Fish are in excellent condition, although the weather has not always been the kindest. After a relatively short winter and warm early spring, the snowfall in October brought us back to earth with a resounding thump! The long range prospects are for some rain at times throughout the summer, which is encouraging as droughts in recent years have made for challenging conditions at times. The weather this year looks like it will be very average – not too hot and not too cold which will suit the fishery just fine.

    It is still too early to know whether we will experience the full force of a mouse plague this season. After a record seeding of the native beech forest Department of Conservation were predicting a huge increase in mouse numbers this summer. It is likely that the heavy October snowfall will have slowed the population explosion though if the numbers of mice now prowling the stables are any indication there are still likely to be a few around for the trout. 

    Genesis Energy report that they are clearing numbers of drowned mice from screens in the Tongariro Power Scheme on a daily basis, and there have certainly been extra mice prowling the stables of late.

    In any event the abundance of seed is likely to make a noticeable difference to trout condition. The massive fall of beech seed of up to 10 cm in depth is thought to increase abundance of terrestrial insects as well as the nutrients that enter the rivers of the area that in turn boosts invertebrate production. Fingers crossed though there are a few extra mice swimming our rivers this summer as it certainly makes for exciting fishing!

    There is nothing surer than during tough economic times businesses look even closer at how they can do things better. We are no exception to this rule! While we very aware of the need to maintain the essential elements of the Poronui experience – the great service, fishing and welcoming friendly staff – we have also wanted to add still more exciting aspects to the Poronui mix. Inclusion of more activities such as a field archery course with 3D animal targets and air rifle target range will give clients more options during their stay. On top of this expanded horse riding and hiking programs we are thrilled to be able to offer a unique Maori cultural experience on neighbouring Tuwharetoa tribal land. Add in the authentic Kai Waho experience to your Poronui stay. 

    Regular visitors to Poronui will also see some changes to the landscape. We have been steadily removing some of the eucalypt forest that has prevailed over much of Poronui for the last 15 years or so. The changes are opening up the landscape, slowly changing it back towards the low intensity farming and high country parkland setting that existed before the 1990’s. While it will take time to complete the program we are sure the changes will make Poronui even more interesting.

    The positive energy surrounding a new season also seems to be rubbing off on staff and clients alike. After pretty tough year in most parts when many people seemed to waiting to see how bad economic conditions would get, there seems to be a new enthusiasm and confidence coming through. Bookings reflect this situation and it is great to see the summer season filling steadily. There are still some opportunities available in February and March, that may provide a last minute chance to miss the worst of the northern winter and experience southern hemisphere fishing at its best.  Please call us on +64 7 384 2080 with booking inquiries or contact us by email.

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  • Sika Study Progress, Nov 2009

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    Eight Sika stags are now proudly showing off their new bling! Bright orange radio tracking collars have been fitted to these stags as part of a study on stag movements and home range, that is a first for New Zealand.

    The stags have been captured by helicopter net gun during the past month and will be monitored monthly for the next 2-3 years, depending on how long the batteries in the collars last. Aside from showing the movements between Poronui and the surrounding Kaimanawa Forest Park the information will be vital for the management of Sika deer in New Zealand. 

    The timing of the study could not have been better with a New Zealand Game Animal Council being formed in the coming months. The council promises a new and very positive era in deer management and one that will be reliant on better information on the deer populations of New Zealand.

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  • Ascending Pheasant Tail, Nov 2009

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    This pattern is a variation on a basic Pheasant tail and other descending nymph patterns, but has a more buoyant effect when fished behind a weighted nymph, or as a dropper off your leader.

    The big difference is the behavior of the fly. The buoyant effect of the foam thorax when fished behind a weighted nymph or as a dropper off your leader causes the fly to swim to the surface, often evoking a strike. The fly is great later in the season or when fish are becoming particularly choosy. Fished in smaller sizes (12-16) the different presentation provided by the ascending nymph can make all the difference to a successful day’s fishing.

    1 Tie a standard Pheasant tail to the thorax.

    2 Attach a thin strip of fly foam at base of thorax.

    Ascending Pheasant Tail - Step 2

    3 A few turns of synthetic seals fur.

    4 Pull foam over the thorax, and whip finish.

    Ascending Pheasant Tail - Step 4

    This could not be any easier for a very dramatically changed effect. Give it a go - fishing is all about trying new techniques and patterns! 

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To discriminating anglers, Poronui is an historic fly fishing lodge where they go fishing for superb NZ brown and rainbow trout in pristine waters.

To sportsmen, Poronui is a supreme hunting lodge where they can hunt majestic deer in a hauntingly beautiful landscape. To others, Poronui is the ultimate luxury wilderness retreat, a place where they can relax or explore 16,000 acres of timeless wilderness.

To match the premier quality of the outdoor experience, Poronui offers three supremely comfortable accommodation options: the legendary Poronui fishing lodge, luxury camping down by the Mohaka river at Safari Camp or stately Blake House - the choice of celebrities, captains of industry and royalty.

Whether your passion is New Zealand fly fishing, hunting or hiking, our guests talk of the magic of Poronui – the breathtaking location, the genuine Kiwi warmth, and the camaraderie they share with guides and fellow adventurers.

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