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Efforts underway to preserve Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track

Victoria University is about to sign an agreement with the Tuatapere Hump Track Board to develop a joint research programme into tourism, ecology and community development in the region.

The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track in Fiordland is a 55km, three-day loop walk that takes trampers along the south coast of New Zealand, up to the sub-alpine zone of the Hump Ridge, and over historic viaducts in the heart of native forest. The Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track is a private walk, operated by a community charitable trust.

As part of the agreement, Victoria University will offer two summer scholarships each year to senior students who will live in the area and carry out research on the track for 10 weeks, with the results of the research to be used by the Hump Track Board.

“The Hump Ridge Track is located in such a stunning setting, and research into fields such as predator control and tourism management in the area will help safeguard it into the future," says Professor Neil Quigley, deputy vice-chancellor (research) at Victoria University.

The university will also offer one undergraduate entry scholarship each year to a student from the Waiau Valley area, who wishes to study tourism, ecology or another closely related field.