The Opoutere Member Group (OMG) was formed in May 2017.
The group's purpose is to ensure the continued operation of the Opoutere Hostel within the YHA network. To promote its use, and support its operation and longevity by the investigation of all probable means and subsequent deployment of such appropriate means as found.
Following a consultation period with the OMG and an independent report on the state of the property, the National Board took all factors into consideration and regretfully confirmed the decision to close the Opoutere hostel at the end of the first quarter of 2018.
YHA worked closely with the new owners, and the now Wharekawa Lodge provides accommodation over the summer holiday months (and other times with prior approval) while running as an adventure education facility for local schools during the remainder of the year.