Every project has its characters and ours is Tony Green. His energy and passion for the environment are equalled by his amazing photography skills. He has taken some of the project’s most captivating images.
His images, especially of whio, toutouwai and project volunteers, have featured not only in Taranaki Mounga publications and social media, but also in those of the Department of Conservation, NEXT Foundation and many local and international conservation groups.
As well as taking impressive images, Tony has been volunteering for the project for more than two years, the first time at a toutouwai pre-breeding monitoring, toutouwai and whio releases and a volunteer day for A24 self-resetting traps. On top of that, he volunteers for other organisations such as the Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust, DOC, Te Whenua Tomuri Trust, Pukorokoro Miranda, Purangi Kiwi, Owae Marae, Sandy Bay, Birds New Zealand and Taranaki Athletics.
“Taranaki Mounga is a wide-ranging project that allows me to pick and choose where I see a need and be able to join in or do my own thing,” says Tony.
“The team put a lot of faith in my ability to do the tasks I’m asked to do. I enjoy working on this project.”
DOC Biodiversity Ranger Emily King says Tony is treasured volunteer of the project.
“We are so grateful for the gift of his time. He is incredibly enthusiastic about everything and is very knowledgable about birds,” Says Emily. “His quirkiness and liveliness is contagious and we love having him with us.”
Emily notes his generosity of care, even when he should be looking after himself.
“He had a injury, but that didn’t stop him greeting a monitoring team after a long day with hot drinks and muffins. He is a very special man.”
In October 2018 Tony was honoured for his participation in conservation at the Taranaki Regional Council Environmental Awards.