I have always had a love for Te Moana. I value any time spent in or on the sea whether swimming, snorkelling or paddling waka.I believe that connecting people with their local marine environment will encourage them to become kaitiaki (guardians) and lead to its protection for the future.
My first taste of environmental education was back in 1990 where as an enthusiastic member of GreenPeace I organised a beach clean up for Haast School students at Jacksons Bay in South Westland. We picked up lots of fishing debris.
Twenty years later as a primary teacher living in Motueka I combined my skills as an educator and passion for the marine environment by bringing the Experiencing Marine Reserves Programme to the region.
I worked as the Lead Coordinator for six years establishing the delivery of EMR programmes to schools and Guided Snorkel Days to the community.
I now am in a more supportive role as “Ambassador” for EMR Nelson/Tasman and Trustee of Tasman Bay Guardians.