Queen’s Birthday Weekend took on extra significance for a Housing New Zealand tenant based in Lyttelton, near Christchurch.
Alison was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for her services to conservation in the portside community.
She has been a leading figure in conservation and environmental projects in the area for more than three decades.
While very modest about her achievement, Alison, who has been one of our tenants for about 35 years, also hoped it would inspire other HNZ tenants.
She helped form the Lyttelton Environment group in the late 1980s and has been secretary since then.
Another notable contribution was her role as secretary/manager of the Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust.
Until she stood down a decade ago, she helped raise $500,000 – or about $50,000 a year for the organisation which planted around 70,000 native trees in the area.
Her efforts have benefitted all parts of the community with her part in gaining funding to help the Lyttelton Environment Group sponsor low-decile schools to undertake planting days a great example of the impact her efforts have had.
Alison’s contribution has not just been in environmental matters – she served on the Board of Trustees at Lyttelton Main School, worked with the local kindergarten, is a former member of the Banks Peninsula wastewater working party and a variety of other local organisations.