Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird stalwart Pauline Smith was recently recognised by the national organisation with a Tī Kōuka Award.
The award, which was presented last month, recognises Pauline’s voluntary contribution to conservation over a long period.
Among her achievements are establishing the Pest Free Peninsula Project (now known as Pest Free Hibiscus Coast) in 2013.
She is co-chair of the Hibiscus Coast Branch of Forest & Bird, as well as working as an art teacher.
Pauline says she is truly honoured to receive the award. “Working with a community receptive to pest animal control, restoration planting and creating art has been an amazing experience,” she says. “I am very proud to be able to say that, in my lifetime, I have made a positive difference to the local environment, by providing safe healthy habitat for our native species of flora and fauna. We are at the beginning of an exciting transformative experience, and I now challenge others to contribute towards making the Hibiscus Coast pest animal free.”