John Curran is all about weed control and preparing the capital’s parks and reserves for restoration planting.
John is just one of Wellington City Council’s many staff, who is passionate about enhancing the city’s native wildlife. He is part of the Parks, Sport and Recreation team, which is kaitiaki to Wellington’s parks and reserves and works to promote wellness among Wellingtonians through recreation and the outdoors.
John is the Council’s Team Manager Operational Projects. For almost 20 years, John has been working in site preparation and aftercare for the restoration planting programme.
He and his dedicated crew look after the restoration sites, managing weeds with both spraying and hand-releasing methods. There has been a big shift over the years for less chemicals and more hands-on control. This has led to better site preparation techniques and more instances where weedy areas are converted to grass before planting.