Meet Sally Coates, one of our guardians and friend of the Ōpāwaho.
What is one of your favourite childhood memories?
Watching storms tumbling over and down the mountains during holidays in Glenorchy, a small town at the top of Lake Wakatipu.
When did you meet the Ōpāwaho for the first time?
Around 11 years ago, during the earthquakes.
Was it love on first sight?
No, I was preoccupied with the quakes.
What does the Ōpāwaho give you?
It gives me a community connection.
What do you give to the Ōpāwaho?
Time, consideration and respect.
If you had a magic wand for the Ōpāwaho, what would you do?
I would turn it into a thriving ecosystem with corridors of biodiversity, trees, fish, birdsong, and people happily enjoying all of it.
A few words to describe your connection with the Ōpāwaho?
To apply and help with my knowledge about water resource management.
What is one of your favourite the Ōpāwaho memories?
Just walking along the river, enjoying the moment.
Photography and interview by Stephanie Defregger