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  • Writer's pictureTim Higham

An Unlikely Bushman

Lindsey Davies is an unlikely bushman.

He moved to the island eight months ago to stay with his grandfather Sydney Davies.

“I grew up in Queensland and thought I might get into IT like my brothers” (who both work for Warner Brothers).

Lindsey knows his way around computers and a gaming console but was curious about the island his family is from.

“I didn’t want a desk job, or to come back to New Zealand to work on the main island, but when I heard about field jobs with Tū Mai Taonga I was keen.

“From whānau I’m learning about things like solar power systems and how to plant vege gardens.”

He’s also spending a lot of time taking with kaumatua Syd, about the history and stories of Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea, and alongside Hiku Davis, the project’s wāhi tapu adviser, while cutting trapping lines in Te Paparahi.

“I’m loving working in the bush and finding out what makes me who I am.”

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