News | 8 September 2021
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Community heroes in conservation: Peter Reimann

Pōneke recently celebrated the planting of its two millionth native plant, following a 20-year programme involving Wellington City Council staff and thousands of community volunteers.

Conservation Week/Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Tūroa is happening 4–12 September, so we’re highlighting some of the awesome people who have contributed to making our wonderful city greener.

Five men and woman holding cups of tea, wearing hiking clothing, standing in a bush setting in front of steps and a wooden walking bridge.

Meet Peter Reimann (pictured right). Peter is Chairperson of the Trellisick Park Group (TPG), which is one of Wellington’s older planting groups. TPG aims to maintain and restore the natural environment and wilderness character of the park, while enhancing public appreciation of these values. TPG has been instrumental in animal and plant pest control, restoration planting, advocacy, fundraising and promotion.

TPG has also been a strong advocate to protect and enhance biodiversity in the Kaiwharawhara catchment from the Outer Green Belt to the harbour. We caught up with Peter to find out what drives him and the TPG volunteers.

How did you get involved in conservation?

It stemmed from a chance encounter in the late 1990s with Frances Lee, Secretary of the Trelissick Park Group, while she was weeding next to Kaiwharawhara Stream. She felt passionately about the park, its wilderness character and its potential. Having semi-retired and at a loose end, I adopted a 'spot' for restoration.

Six older men and women smiling and standing on a hilly bushland with shovels, as they plant small trees, with large pine trees and houses down below.
Members of the Trelissick Park Group in 2006. Peter is second from right.

What’s your specific interest/how do you contribute?

I have been Chairperson of the Trelissick Park Group since 2006.  I coordinate and work in the park with our volunteers and groups/organisations and liaise with Wellington City Council. I am also involved in advocacy and promoting the park.

What motivates you to do this mahi?

It has led me into fascinating areas connected with the environment, botany, and opportunities to work with a wide range of enthusiastic and dedicated people. There is much to learn.

What’s been the group’s biggest achievement?

The park is well-used and the positive comments from people are very encouraging. It has been rewarding being involved in the restoration of the park over the years. It is part of the ecological corridor from the harbour to the Outer Green Belt and birdlife has increased markedly.

Four men and a young woman all dressed in warm outdoor gear, standing on a bushy hill next to a park bench, all holding a cuppa, with shovels and tools on the ground.
Trelissick Park Group members at a recent working bee.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thanks to our volunteers, community groups, organisations and Wellington City Council for all the work to restore the park to a native bush wilderness.

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