Vanessa Mander | Image: DOC
Name: Vanessa Mander
Role: Community Ranger
Based in: Christchurch
"I've been with DOC since 2017 as a Community Ranger for the Mahaanui District. I spend a lot of my time working with our passionate community groups and volunteers - everything from planting projects right through to setting up predator control and monitoring.
"I am continually inspired by all the hard mahi in our area and I really want to empower people to help New Zealand realise our Predator Free 2050 goal – because remember, it all starts with us.
"My passion (and some would say long-term distraction) is the amazing array of bird life New Zealand has to offer. Some of which are so odd that there is no real equivalent anywhere else. I have a background in biodiversity monitoring, project planning and management and have my finger in enough pies that I generally know someone who can help answer the curliest questions if I’m stumped.
"Let’s get in behind the Predator Free 2050 mission and help our native biodiversity flourish!"