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  • Writer's pictureTim Higham

Getting started at Tū Mai Taonga

Updated: May 16, 2023

This week, the first recruits to Tū Mai Taonga began orientation and training from the project’s base at Akapoua.

William West, Jordan Turanga and Scott Gibling (pictured left to right) also completed a Light Utility Vehicle course as preparation for field work planned by the Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust-led project.

William came to the island recently with his wife Mel, a teacher at Kaitoke School. The former soldier and construction worker has had an office job for the past six years in the building supply industry. He’s a keen hunter, and likes “setting targets and seeing what we can achieve”.

Jordon Turanga has previously worked for Envirokiwi and, most recently, removed wildling pines around Taupō. He likes working in the bush and is pleased to be back living with whānau at Motairehe.

Scott Gibling recently moved to Kawa to reconnect with the whenua after 35 years as a carpet layer in town. He’s excited to contribute to a project able to make a big difference to the health of the forest.

Tū Mai Taonga Project Lead Makere Jenner said the project expected to offer contracts to around 10 field workers for first phase work, creating tracks and infrastructure for trapping feral cats around Te Paparahi, over the next few weeks.

Information about the roles can be found here.

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