There have been some changes to the Trust in the last months. Many of you…
Mark Pengelly, an experienced and well qualified biosecurity professional, is Rangitoto Birdsong’s new Project Manager, carrying on the work begun by the project’s first manager, Andrew Macalister. Committed and enthusiastic, Mark has twenty years of experience implementing and managing pest eradication in Marlborough, Nelson and Northland.
He comes to the project from 10 years as Pest Control Manager of the Tapora Mainland Island Project, a 10,000ha peninsula in the Kaipara Harbour. Mark has held many environment related roles including Senior Biosecurity Advisor for Auckland Council, consultant for Pest Free Auckland and Animal and weed pest eradicator for the Native Forest Restoration Trust, Tupare Reserve on South Kaipara Head.
From 2000 to 2008 Mark managed the Pelorus Wildlife Sanctuary. He has a clear and abiding love of the region, owning property at Bulwer and on the TeKopi Peninsula at the head of Pelorus Sound. Mark says the Rangitoto Birdsong role allows him and his family to return to the region he loves. Mark is a keen and talented photographer who also trains predator and indicating dogs and collects and propagates native seeds when time allows.