"I originally developed an interest in the enviroment from growing up close to the Avon-Heathcote Ihutai Estuary. Over time this has led me to work across various enviromental and governance roles in New Zealand, Australia and the Solomon Islands. I currently have an interest in the role of restoration ecology to assist in creating transformantive societal change and build resilience to climate change. I believe AOFP has the ability to be at the forefront of restoration efforts in the Red Zone."
"My background is in Engineering and Manufacturing (28 years). What I bring to the group is process, systems, procurement and project management skills. At the same time, I wish to gift my time and effort to the ecological restoration of the red zone, learning from the group (AOFP) how to go about this and to create meaningful and productive connections within the community."
"I joined AOFP because I have a passion for the restoration of our native habitat and I was looking for a project that was close to home, accessible and allows me to have genuine impact. I don't have any ecological background or qualifications, but I relished the fantastic opportunity that the Red Zone presents for us to restore such a wonderful habitat for our native plants. trees and birds. Before a baby-enforces hiatus, I loved going tramping, and spending time in the foothills of Canterbury in particular. Until I get a chance to go back to that, being part of the AOFP is outstandingly rewardning and an existing opportunity."
"I am a founding member of AOFP, and I have a strong passion for, and believe that we all have a responsability to care for and get involved in what happends in our enviroment and community. I have a background with ecological work, with over 27 years of involvement in community, organising enviromental plantings, eco-sourcing seed, propagation and growing of native plants. I feel that the people of Christchurch have a huge opportunity to get involved in the development of the residential red zone as a forest park, leaving a legacy for the future generations to enjoy!"
"Ko Hikurangi toku maunga, Ko Waiapu toku awa, Ko Rauru toku marae, Ko Ngāti Porou toku iwi, Ko Tamara Poi toku ingoa.
The enviroment is integral to Māori identity and culture. The enviroment is always acknowledged in our whakapapa as evidenced from mine, above. For Māori, all parts of the enviroment are infused with mauri (life force) and are connected by whakapapa - the descendents of all living things from the original creators of life. We express this relationship by identifing with our enviroment, often with awa (river) or a landform such as maunga (mountain). We gain a sense of belonging from our connection with the natural enviroment. Kaitiakitanga is an important Māori value, relating to the exercise of guardianship of natural resources, such as land, sea and waterways. The principle of Kaitiakitanga requires sustainability and enviromental protection. As kaitiaki or guardians, we are responsible for protecting rescources for future generations - and I believe we actively practice kaitiakitanga with AOFP"
"I grew up on a rural property in South Canterbury. After finishing my schooling I spent a few years in Australia, as the assistant manager of a nursery, which specialised in propagating native Australian and South African plants for cut flower production. I’m currently in my second year of a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Canterbury. In my free time, I make the most of the cycle trails and walking tracks around Christchurch, and enjoy visiting the green spaces within our city. My studies have introduced me to the field of ecology and I’m excited to be a part of a group working towards the ecological restoration of the red zone."