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Our Environmental Policy

Our company-wide commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability is best described by our Environmental Policy, which applies to all our Auckland Tours and NZ Tours:

Everybody’s Responsibility

No Rubbish or Excuses

Valuing all Natural Resources

Integrity in all Business Relationships and Practices

Recycle & Reduce Waste

Opportunity to Educate & Inform our Clients

New Approaches to Saving and Caring for the Environment

Minimising our Impact & Leaving only Footprints

Energy Efficiency

New Zealand Made

Training and Development in Environmental Practices

 

E = Everybody’s Responsibility

Our philosophy is that the environment is not something that will take care of itself but WE need to do our bit to assist in its preservation.  Many people feel that one or a few persons can’t make a difference, with the result that they don’t change their ways and attitudes.  Our view is that not only can one person actually make a difference but even more importantly, we have the great opportunity to instil a value-set in our clients that are more or less receptive to valuing the amazing places we visit during our tours.  This applies to all our tours - both our range of Auckland Tours such as Kite Fishing Tours, as well as our range of New Zealand Tours.

N = No Rubbish or Excuses

New Zealand is well-known the world over as a clean and green destination and we intend to keep it that way.  Part of this culture we have in our company is to ensure that nobody on any of our tours leaves any rubbish behind.  Furthermore, another goal is to ensure on every Auckland Tour to find at least one other piece of rubbish (i.e. someone else’s) and take that out with us too.  Nothing is more disappointing to us than when we go to some of the beautiful places we visit, only to find that others have left their own distasteful footprint by littering.  Our aim is to clean up after ourselves AND others as much as possible.

V = Valuing all Natural Resources

We value all natural resources in the areas in which we operate.  This includes plants, animals, tracks we walk on, the sea we kayak, fish and swim in etc.  It also includes the bait we use, i.e. as much as possible we use artificial, bio-degradeable baits, which means we don’t have to keep re-purchasing bait for use on our fishing tours.  Artificial baits such as soft baits and lures can be re-used repeatedly and trolled behind our kayaks while enjoying the scenery.  We also, where possible, catch our own bait beforehand and use this on our fishing tours.  This means that no packaging, transport to supermarket with emissions etc. need to be incurred when taking this approach.

I = Integrity in all Business Relationships and Practices

It is our policy to adopt a long-term, integrated approach to managing our company and the way in which we work alongside our Business Partners.  We also seek to work with Partners and Suppliers who also have integrity in their business and an environmental focus.  By this we mean that we seek out Business Partners who have a similar respect for our nation’s natural and cultural heritage the way we do.  For example, we often give our clients a little gift of appreciation to show how much we value their custom.  Souvenirs made from Paua are ideal, since it is equally beautiful and is reflected in our logo.  When buying Paua gifts we always try to ensure that the Paua was sourced in a legal way from reputable suppliers.

R = Recycle and Reduce Waste

Where possible we recycle everything we use, or at least reduce the amount of waste we produce during our tours and all other business activities.  Recycling extends to the materials we use on our tours, some of the products we select based on how much/how little packaging is used, as well as ensuring we reduce to a minimal amount any waste we produce by using those products. 

A good example is the use of food catering utensils such as plates, mugs and knives, which in all cases are re-used on our tours and are never disposable items.  In terms of our business practices we choose to use refill printer cartridges, use both side of print paper for draft purposes and recycle all plastics, cardboard and non-biodegradeable computer equipment in a responsible manner.

O = Opportunity to Educate & Inform our Clients

Unfortunately, some of the clients on our tour have little understanding of sustainability, i.e. our wish to operate in the same beautiful place in decades from now.  An attitude of “take what you can” seems prevalent in many people.  We have a unique opportunity in that we can spend one or several days with our clients in a stunning area, which means we can do our best to educate them about what all of us can do to keep it that way. 

Some of our clients come from heavily industrialised and polluted areas and marvel at the cleanliness of where we go with them, while at the same time e.g. “forgetting” to pick up their rubbish after lunch.  We do make a point of picking it up for them and letting them know that we cleaned up after them.  Normally this approach is actually more effective than telling someone off, since it gives them a bad conscience - but always with a smile.  This may increase the chances of them thinking twice the next time they “forget” their rubbish.

N = New Approaches to Saving and Caring for the Environment

We see ourselves as a company that leads by example.  After all, we have created several innovative products and our company needs to constantly look for new approaches to saving and caring for our natural surroundings to preserve them. A new approach would be the use of special hooks in our fishing to ensure undersized fish can be safely returned to the ocean.  Furthermore, while it is always easier to do so, we also DON’T look away when others are breaking the law, for example by poaching seafood or exceeding the legal limits, disturbing wildlife or when littering.  In our view such activities are unacceptable and when safe to do we advise people of their actions or contact the appropriate authority to deal with the situation. 

M = Minimising our Impact & Leaving only Footprints

We have a policy of minimal impact and ideally leaving no trace of our activities behind.  This deals with how we affect the area while on our visit. The next group or person travelling should not be able to see that we were even there, apart perhaps from our footprints.  The landscape or wildlife should not be altered in any way by our visit. 

E = Energy Efficiency

By the very nature of what we do, we leave a minimal carbon footprint.  Most of our day and overnight tours include walking, kayaking and/or fishing on a very small scale.  Minimising the energy we use is important to us and we do this during our eco-friendly tours, where no boats with large outboard motors are used that both pollute the environment to some extent and not least disturb the marine animals and fish as a boat passes through the sea. 

Our activities are extremely low-impact and have very little or no noise pollution.  Our Auckland Kayak Tours are a good example, where we silently glide through the waves, propelled only by our own paddles.  In addition, our policy is to turn off lights when they are not needed in our office, re-use leftover bait (when we use bait at all) instead of throwing it away, minimising the amount of printing we do (storing electronically instead) and down to such things as regularly servicing our cars to ensure energy efficiency.

N = New Zealand Made

Where possible, we attempt to buy New Zealand made and to support local products.  Moreover, as we are North Shore Auckland based we attempt to support the local community and business whenever we can to ensure they remain competitive and sustainable in the current business environment.  We could buy cheaper products imported from overseas but deliberately choose New Zealand made even when the price is higher.  This also extends to our partners in the tour and accommodation sector.  Where possible, we choose to work with New Zealand owned businesses, provided they have a similar approach to sustainability. 

T = Training and Development in Environmental Practices

It is easier to say there’s nothing one small organisation can do - but actually we can.   This is especially so with regard to the multiplying effect whereby we can influence many clients to change their attitude and we achieve this by constantly developing our knowledge base so we can share this with others.  We are also conscious that we are only guests in the areas in which we travel and we need to treat the area with respect and care.  This includes any land that is sacred to tangata whenua, i.e. local Māori land.  By taking a pro-active approach by training in the areas of improving our business practices, understanding the risk management issues and developing our knowledge, we take the next step on our business journey before it becomes a requirement or even accepted standard practice.



Please check out our pages on:

Environmental and Social Sustainability
Cultural Heritage and Protocols
Biodiversity Conservation
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What our customers say:
Your Auckland Tour was the best day out we have had. Great tour with lots of interesting info from someone who was more like a friend than a tour guide. Thank you very much!
Te Kaahu Ripo o Ngaa Rangi Tuitui (Gary Parata)
TIME Unlimited Tours
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Gary Parata is of Maori descent from the Eastern part of the North Island of Aotearoa / New Zealand. He is a very patient and highly-qualified teacher of Maori tikanga (customs) and has taught many a TIME Unlimited Tours guest the famous Haka Maori war dance during our Marae stays.
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