Neighbourhood Champion runner up! – Ngaire of Mt Tiger Landcare Group

By - February 22, 2017

This month it was crazy difficult for our guest from Orania to choose a Neighbourhood Champion so what they did, which we think is pretty awesome, is as well as a winner they chose to send a wee thank you gift to the three ‘runners up’.  Very cool! Over the next day or two we’ll …


This month it was crazy difficult for our guest from Orania to choose a Neighbourhood Champion so what they did, which we think is pretty awesome, is as well as a winner they chose to send a wee thank you gift to the three ‘runners up’.  Very cool!

Over the next day or two we’ll be sharing their stories too!  Here is our first – Ngaire.

Nominated by Quinn who said when he found out Orania wanted to thank Ngaire as well.  “Ngaire is an extremely modest person & I believe she works harder than most ‘paid’ conservationists do.  Thank you for helping to show Ngaire how much she is appreciated.”

Ngaire is directly behind our sign (which was stolen recently).Ngaire is of course wearing her ‘Plant More Trees’ shirt.

Here is the story that Quinn sent in about Ngaire.

I have occasionally worked alongside (& in conjunction with) Ngaire for almost a decade now.  I met Ngaire after I moved here & I became involved in the local Landcare Group- then called, “Mt Tiger Landcare Group”.  Some time after that, I believe a merging of 2 landcare groups saw us renamed, “Whareora Landcare Group”.  I believe that Ngaire has been our ‘driver’ behind a number of communal projects for our whole area.

Ngaire is a ‘tireless pursuer of pests’ in our area (animal & vegetable); all the while looking out for signs that Kiwi are migrating here. She is often cruising around in our forests, setting baits & traps for the ‘furry vermin’; vermin which are infesting many areas through-out NZ & causing the decline of Kiwi.

Ngaire connects & supports every other Landcare Groups locally (as well as the rest of NZ) in the pursuit of maintaining a viable breading environment for Kiwi in NZ.  She has been instrumental in organising meetings where we can all go & ‘meet’ live Kiwi in person- even hosting the event herself at her house and she was our group Chairperson for years.

A large slip took out Mt Tiger Rd a few years ago; once the road was re-built, Ngaire provided the native trees (including some Kauri) to replant the slip face; these seedlings she planted & raised herself at home and organised us as a neighbourhood group & we planted these trees.

Ngaire is a wife & a busy mother to her young kids, so her time & efforts of the above ‘Community Works’ is a major achievement, which I believe needs to be recognised fully.

At our AGM this month, the pest control results for 2016 clearly show the level of commitment from Ngaire- 139 Possums, 163 Rats, 10 Stoats, 4 Weasels.

From Whareora Landcare Group AGM, I have received a whole hearted ‘Aye’ to my proposal of nominating Ngaire for Neighbours Day. (the only objection came from Ngaire )

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