Richard Janssen has set the standard with renovating the classic Canterbury version of the stand-up 2-person NZFS biv. In Round 5 of the funding, he was granted $10,000 to restore the neglected Mackenzie Biv in Lake Sumner Forest Park. Not only did they completely renovate the biv, including re-roofing the hut and restoring the small open fire, but they also built a toilet and woodshed for the hut. The work, pride and effort he and Al Kircher put into the restoration of this biv will take some beating. The open fireplaces of these little bivs are a unique feature but many are past it now and need restoring and Richard and Al show how to do it here so that the bivs retain their historic character but will be good to go for the next generation.
It's been a multi year project, but the restoration of one of the more remote huts on the West Coast, Frisco Hut high above Frisco Gorge on the Hokitika River, is complete. Paul Reid has masterminded this project which has involved many keen people from the Permolat Group on multiple work parties. The last group built a small woodshed for the new wood burner, cleared some more of the vegetation around the site and painted the hut. This hut hadn't seen maintenance in many years and had become run down but is in a gem of a spot and with the work the group has done on the tracks in the area it is more accessible than ever to trampers used to this sort of West Coast country.