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It’s always great to welcome new faces to the diverse team of people contributing to advancing the TfS programme. This time we introduce Alex Wilson and Jodi Southon.

With a BSc from University of Auckland and GradDipTchgSec Alex Wilson taught mathematics and geography at Papatoetoe High School for three years, before joining the Auckland Regional Council in the sediment management team. Two years later Alex became Team Leader Land and Water, managing catchment programmes and closed landfills.

After Council amalgamation she managed the programmes and partnerships team which included contestable funding, the retrofit your homes programme (home heating and sustainability) and community partnerships contracts.

Returning recently from having her second child, Alex has become the Team Leader Environmental Initiatives, where TfS is one of the programmes, along with Wai Care and Community Shellfish monitoring.

 A recent TfS planting with Alex second from left Jodi Southon is already involved in helping youngsters plant organic gardens resulting in an abundance of lush vegetable and herbs

Now in her second year teaching, Jodi Southon has a passion for gardening, plants and science. She took on the Enviro group and with great enthusiasm entered the Beautification Trust’s competition with Wymondley Road School’s mini gardens. Having helping kick off the Community Gardens project at the school, Jodi enthusiastically took on the TfS responsibility from Daniel Tupua-Siliva, who set it up in 2010.

She comments, “Trees for Survival is such an important thing to be doing. It is vital for our future so it’s paramount that our kids become actively involved, to the point where they understand that it’s for them; for their future.”

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