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For almost seventy years, RealNZ is privileged to have been able to share some of the world’s most remote rainforests and wilderness areas with generations of guests.
Many have let us know they have gone home with a greater appreciation and love of nature and our planet.
As the world around us changes, we are acutely aware of the need to do even more to nurture and care for what is left of our precious wilderness areas.
We’re still working on it but here’s what we do to reduce our carbon emissions and minimise waste.
RealNZ appointed New Zealand tourism’s first Chief Conservation Officer, former RealNZ General Manager Paul Norris, who leads a dedicated conservation and sustainability team. Paul’s leadership was recognised this year in the New Year’s Honours with an MNZM for services to tourism and conservation.
This team is tasked with ensuring everything we do is looked at through a conservation and sustainability lens for the long-term benefit of our people, our partners and our planet.
We have signed up with Toitu Envirocare to help us with our carbon reduction aspirations and to independently verify and certify our measurements.
We have a long way to go but so far we:
TSS Earnslaw: Launched in 1912, the TSS Earnslaw is the oldest coal-fired passenger-carrying steamship in the southern hemisphere. Almost lost (scuppered) in the late 1960’s we have carefully maintained her (including her original boiler and engines) for over fifty years. She has become a unique historical icon, and whilst over the years we have continued to improve the efficiency of the vessel to minimise emissions - the steamship is our biggest barrier to reaching our carbon reduction goals. Our Head of Asset Management, the TSS Earnslaw Chief Engineer and his team, are tasked with investigating alternative fuel options whilst preserving the steamship’s authenticity and heritage value.
Our procurement guidelines ensure sustainability is built into what we purchase in the first place, with environmental, social and economic criteria that reflect our values. The procurement team actively works with suppliers on several fronts including reusing, recycling and promoting product stewardship. We prioritise buying local where we can.
We have completed a full audit of all the waste types (e-waste, food, oil, packaging, textiles, etc) and the amounts involved. Since 2018 we have been working through our key areas, investigating the recycling/reuse methods for each material and reusing or recycling wherever possible.
Some of our initiatives: