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Fresh face for DOC huts with Dulux

Published: 7:23PM Monday April 22, 2013 Source: Breakfast

This morning it was bunk beds, thick socks and gumboot tea for Breakfast weatherman Sam Wallace.

Sam roughed it overnight to help paint Dalys Clearing Hut in Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park, Tauranga.

But he wasn't going it alone - he was given a hand from the 1st Tauranga Scout Troop, the Kaimai Ramblers Tramping Club, DOC and Dulux.

The team pitched in to give the classic heritage hut a fresh coat and better protection from the wild weather, as part of DOC's recent partnership with Dulux New Zealand.

Under this three-year agreement, Dulux is committing $1.5 million to protecting and promoting DOC's huts, providing over 18,000 litres of paint products per year.

With more than 973 iconic huts supporting over 14,000km of track throughout New Zealand, DOC overnight shelters are an invaluable part of Kiwi heritage and outdoor culture.

DOC's partnership with Dulux aims to protect these places - and ensure they're around for future generations to experience.

And as they're Kiwi huts, DOC is asking Kiwis to help choose their colours.

People can create colour schemes for their favourite hut online at Protecting Our Place  - with the actual hut scheme selected from these designs.

Thousands of people have already submitted their schemes, and hundreds more have volunteered to pitch in, like Sam, at their local hut.

Dulux is also providing expert colour advice for the scheme, creating natural colour palettes - inspired by the coast, tussock lands, forest ranges, sun plains and mountain top scenery - and the hard wearing paint product will protect the shelters from the harsh and varied NZ climate.

Plus there is still time to go online to paint your own virtual hut which puts you in the draw to win the ultimate DOC hut experience.

The competition closes on next Tuesday, April 30, so get online and start painting for your chance to win.

Plus, Dulux and DOC are now opening up the partnership to community huts as well.

If your community group has a hut on conservation land that needs a lick of paint, you can apply for free paint to help protect your place.

Some conditions apply so visit the Protecting Our Place  for details and an online application form.

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