Environmental Sustainability at Tikana
We are privileged to live in a beautiful environment.
We aim to minimize the footprint of our business and that of you, our guests on that environment. At Tikana we adopt a holistic approach to sustainability – we consider environmental, social, economic and cultural elements are all integral to our functioning.
As a pilot business of “Sustainable Tourism South” we adhere to their charter and “live the principles of Kaitiakitanga and Manaakitanga.”
Kaitiakitanga – to look after the land, sea, air and living creatures
Manaakitanga – mutual respect between hosts and visitors
The straw-bale construction of the Lodge at Tikana and extensive use of recycled materials was testament to our awareness of environmental sustainability and we are now committed to improving our environmental performance across all aspects of our business practice, and in the experience we offer.
To achieve this we:
Think before we buy – informed buying decisions can help us reduce the amount of raw materials used in manufactured goods, eliminate air and land pollution, cut waste volumes, support local businesses and encourage good employment practices here and overseas. Ultimately this helps stop the destruction of native forests and natural habitats around the world.Where possible we use local suppliers that are carbon neutral or are aiming for a carbon neutral status.
Think before we use – efficient use of energy, water, office products, fuel and other resources we use to ensure our business reduces our environmental impact. We are monitoring electricity use with the aim of identifying areas we can reduce consumption. All the water used at Tikana (for both human and livestock) is rainwater collected on the property.
Think before we discard – recycling and composting as much waste as possible can reduce air and land pollution, and reduce the amount going into landfills. We recycle glass, plastics, paper and tin – all materials are taken to the Winton transfer station. All food scraps are fed to the pigs and/or chickens.
Protect wildlife and natural habitats – our property is maintained in an environmentally sensitive way, which helps ensure native trees, insects and birds thrive, and that run-off from our property does not pollute waterways. We have an ongoing planting programme of native trees and shrubs which attract bird life and provide shade and shelter for livestock. Tikana is a sponsor of the conservation project on the Wairaurahiri River trapping stoats and rodents.
Involve our local community – we provide educational initiatives with local secondary and tertiary institutions. Tikana is used for school fundraising activities and exhibitions. We facilitate exposure of local artists via display of their works.
We invite you, our guests, to be involved in our sustainability ethic to the degree you are comfortable. Your comments are welcomed.