Debs Martin, standing up for the atmosphere


Nelson woman Debs Martin has been awarded a Queen's Service Medal for services to conservation.

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Nelson girl Debs Martin has been awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for providers to conservation.

Debs Martin can keep in mind taking her two-year-old daughter swimming in a Canterbury river that she too had swum in as a toddler.

Her daughter was floating in a rubber ring and Martin watched in disbelief as the water round her started to show inexperienced. 

Seeing that cow effluent float down the river 20 years in the past turned out to be a pivotal second for Martin, one that finally set her on a journey to turning into an environmental activist.

“How has it come to this, we are supposed to stay on this atmosphere and but we’re inflicting a lot injury to it?” she stated.

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As a part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours, the Nelson girl has been recognised for her work and awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for her providers to conservation. 

Following that have, Martin grew to become actually concerned in water points in Canterbury, earlier than becoming a member of Forest and Hen as a committee member in South Canterbury. She went again to college to review environmental points, later graduating with a masters in geography.

Debs Martin of Nelson Tasman Weedbusters gets stuck in to remove Old Man's Beard weed growing in a roadside drain.


Debs Martin of Nelson Tasman Weedbusters will get caught in to take away Outdated Man’s Beard weed rising in a roadside drain.

In 2004, she moved to Nelson having been supplied the function of a regional area officer for Forest and Hen. Her unique tenure was for 2 years, which was since stretched into greater than 14 years.

In that point Martin has led quite a few environmental campaigns targeted on conservation. She recounts her opposition of the development of a dam on the Mokihinui river as a few of the advocacy work she is most pleased with. 

“Watching it a decade later, now turning into a part of the Kahurangi Nationwide Park, that was large. On the outset I keep in mind saying after we begin to battle that dam proposal that the battle wasn’t over till we get that space into the park.

“Seeing that really occur this yr has been phenomenal, that was an actual spotlight.”

Debs Martin with a gas triggered rat trap at the Pelorus Bridge scenic reserve as part of the Te Hoiere Bat Recovery Project.


Debs Martin with a fuel triggered rat lure on the Pelorus Bridge scenic reserve as a part of the Te Hoiere Bat Restoration Undertaking.

Martin has been closely concerned with the Te Hoiere Bat Restoration Programme since its inception greater than a decade in the past, working with folks from Richmond via Pelorus to Picton to assist take care of the long-tailed bat inhabitants.

“The bats are what retains me sane on this planet, I hold considering we’ve got these tiny little critters flying round, hardly anybody even is aware of they’re there and they’re really hanging on by a thread.”

Martin stated folks weren’t usually recognised for being advocates for the atmosphere, however she was proud her work campaigning in opposition to the Mokihinui Dam and defending the Denniston Plateau from coal mining had been acknowledged. 

“I believe is absolutely superior that recognition is coming to folks working in conservation, not only for placing bushes within the floor however for placing a line within the sand, I believe that’s actually vital.”

Martin stated she thought her advocacy work was like returning to the river that began all of it.

“I needed to talk for that river, as a result of there needs to be a greater method of doing it.”


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