The KHH has the use of a shop at 140-144 King Street, Pukekohe (the same shop as last time). We plan to be open:
Wednesday (4 and 11 July) 10am-4.30pm
Thursday (5 and 12 July) 10am-4.30pm
Friday (6 and 13 July) 10am-4.30pm
Saturday (7 and 14 July) 9am-1pm
All of our merchandise will be available for sale. If any of you have horse gear you would like to donate we have plenty of room at the rear of the shop. It can either be priced or ‘make an offer’.
We have also planned for a clothing/household goods sale with all money going to KHH. All quality items will be gladly accepted. If you can help supply quality sellable goods or can assist with manning the shop please advise Elder Jenks ASAP – 09 236 4115.
All donated goods are to be delivered directly to the shop between 6.30 and 8pm on Tuesday night (the 3rd of July) when we will also need assistance with setting up for the first day. If you cannot make the drop off time, please phone Elder to make alternative arrangements.
Please note, the shop will be open during school holidays.
Mickey, the Kaimanawa pony (as featured in the article Kaimanawa Magic Mickey moving to the UK in the last issue of KHH Mag) has now begun his journey. Beth Judson and Elder Jenks from the KHH committee were there to see him off. More photos and the story of his departure will be in our next magazine.
On Thursday 24th May, the yards were set up and a meeting for all concerned with this year’s muster was held at Waiouru. Department of Conservation staff, musterers, KWHPS and KHH representatives, observers, army personnel, vets and the helicopter pilots attended the briefing. The spokesperson for the army pointed out the dangers of un-exploded ammunition and ordinances in the Ranges. Tim Gilberston, from DoC, ran through the department’s plan for the muster.
The next day everyone assembled and entered the Ranges at 8am, meeting at the yards. Two helicopters (an R22 and a Hughes 269) were used and these flew directly to the first horses to be mustered. Over the morning several groups of horses were brought in. Due to wind there was a brief break over lunch. Once the wind had settled, more horses were brought in. At the end of the first day approximately 120 horses had been mustered into the yards. They had been sorted into separate groups of foals, yearlings, stallions and mares (plus nine mare/foal combinations). These horses spent the night in the yards.
On Saturday the same procedure was followed. Due to frost and low cloud the helicopters could only bring horses some of the way into the yards. Worried about losing them in the fog, the pilots left them nearby and waited for conditions to clear. Once the cloud had lifted the helicopters went back and herded the horses in. Over the day they brought the balance of the horses into the yards, a total of 191.