We’re highlighting the work Hawke’s Bay Regional Council staff are doing across the region. This time we hear from the new ranger, who looks after the Regional Council’s parks, trails and river spaces.
Kia ora to Mark Brinsdon, taking the reins of Ranger at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.
He’s come to the Regional Council after 19 years of public service in the Police Serious Crash Unit. Mark is dedicated to making sure the region’s parks and rivers are great places for everyone to enjoy.
Mark looks after public use of rivers, regional parks, river mouth openings, and pathways. He also educates people as he goes so that people can do what they enjoy while sharing it with others. This involves letting motorcross riders know where the best places are for them to ride, educating users on fire risk, cleaning up rubbish and teaching people how to keep our rivers clean, as well as looking out for any feathered friends who may be nesting in the river corridors.
Mark has the not-so-nice job of picking up rubbish that is dumped in Regional Council areas. In the month that he has been here, Mark reckons there have been 20 trailer loads of rubbish dumped. This is a real issue for the Regional Council, and the main reason for part of the access to the Tūtaekurī River to be closed in late 2019.
Mark said he’s really enjoying the wide range of this new role.
“I’m learning so much about biodiversity, ecosystems, and looking after our whenua and wai. I’m enjoying the conversations with everyone I meet – so please say hi if you see me round.”
A day for Mark can change with the ring of his phone.
18 February 2020
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