My family connections to French Pass/Rangitoto ki te Tonga date back to the 1860’s. I am a retired scientist. Trained as an entomologist, my career in the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research included both research and science management roles. As a General Manager in Manaaki Whenua, I had responsibility for research on the control of environmental weeds and vertebrate pests, particularly possums, stoats and deer. I served five years as Deputy Chair of the Environmental Risk Management Authority, five years as Chair of the Cawthron Institute Trust Board, and three years on the Board of the World Wildlife Fund. I initiated the D’Urville Island stoat eradication project and have served on its Trust Board since its inauguration in 2004.