Part-time rangers to educate

Phoebe Morrison (left), Dunedin City Council parks and recreation planner Stephen Hogg (second from left), Department of Conservation ranger Richard Seed and Lorena Smith start ranger training at Sandfly Bay yesterday. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Phoebe Morrison (left), Dunedin City Council parks and recreation planner Stephen Hogg (second from left), Department of Conservation ranger Richard Seed and Lorena Smith start ranger training at Sandfly Bay yesterday. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Two part-time rangers will be conservation defenders on Dunedin beaches this summer.

Phoebe Morrison and Lorena Smith were being trained yesterday on distributing information, taking surveys and checking facilities on Department of Conservation and Dunedin City Council land.

Their roles are part of a new joint initiative from the organisations, partly around encouraging the protection of wildlife.

They will be patrolling beaches and reserves from 1pm to 8pm seven days a week until April 30 next year.

Doc acting operations manager Craig Wilson said the department was pleased to be working with the council.

''The rangers are about encouraging positive behaviour from visitors so that they stay safe, protect our natural environment and wildlife, respect our culture and preserve our places, spaces and species for generations to come.''

Dunedin City Council parks and recreation planner Stephen Hogg said the advocacy role was about educating, ''not handing out tickets''.

jono.edwards@odt.co.nz

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