News | 3 December 2021

Welly Walks: Ranger Frank shares his top spot

Being “the eyes and ears of the city” – that’s how Frank Williams describes his role as a Park Ranger for Wellington City Council.

Frank Williams wearing his dark green ranger work t-shirt, holding the black #WellyWalks plastic box with yellow lid while giving a big wave and smile as he stands on a green lawn surrounded by shrubs and tall hills behind.

Frank began in the role nearly three years ago, looking after Pōneke’s south coast.

“I work closely with the community, volunteer groups, and schools – all people from all walks of life. I like to think that the rangers are the eyes and ears of the city.”

He says highlights of the job include meeting new people, learning and understanding new things, and helping groups and individuals where he can.

“I also really appreciate the scenery and the south coast sunsets. Other highlights for me would be planting season. I love seeing all the hard mahi from the Berhampore Nursery and all the beautiful native plants they produce.”

Prior to Frank becoming a Park Ranger, he worked in the Operations Weed Control Team for eight years at Council’s Parks, Sport and Recreation Newtown Depot.  He also has a foundry background and was a spring engineer.

“I made springs to customers specifications. Car springs, torsion springs, extension springs, compression springs. You name it, I did it!”

The father-of-four “beautiful girls” says keeping everybody happy can sometimes be challenging in the role, but the amazing views and passionate community make most days a delight.

In his spare time Frank is all about off roading, and cooking.

And speaking of views, Frank’s favourite Welly Walk has some beautiful ones spanning Wellington city and Lower Hutt - and is the first walk of our #WellyWalks series. 

CLUE: Head to Frobisher street to join the City to Sea Walkway, where you’ll get epic views of the city. Keep a look out for the Lizard Garden, and you may also spot the Welly Walks box with some delicious Cinnamon Brioche Buns from Betsy.

You can either loop back to the entrance, or continue along the City to Sea Walkway if you’d like a longer walk.

Frank loves meeting new people and has a special message for his fellow Wellingtonians.

“If you see me or any of the rangers out and about, please come say hi!”