Tiaki & Sustainability
As a family guiding business motivated by values, we adhere to Kaitiakitanga ideals (guardianship and protection). This simply means that we believe in true sustainability and are stewards of the natural world and its resources. Where we can improve our processes to be better at what we do, we will.
Sustainability is high on our chain of values and as such the concepts of evolving our business with this in mind is forefront to our future planning.
Over the centuries, the human-environment relationship has grown from a circular one to a linear one. In the past, what our ancestors used to take from nature was returned to nature at the end of its life.
There is no easy answer to the sustainable way of life and as such each approach can only be considered as aiming for best practice within economic and social boundaries. Technologies and developments in the future will allow us to refine further in the sustainability conquest. Making a sound start now however is a large step in the right direction for us all.
In addition to employing sustainable mindsets, our properties also engage in natural ecosystem restoration and protection programmes. Ensuring a carbon sink that is not just larger than our activity footprint, but also large enough to benefit the health of the planet. These programmes also conserve our indigenous New Zealand ecosystems, which are greatly important to us.
We are motivated by our industry's sustainable growth, which generates jobs and opportunities for our community.
Backcountry New Zealand outfitters - Nigel & Myriam Birt