The Hauraki Gulf is integral to the fabric of Alison Henry’s professional and family life. With her husband Alan, three adult children and four grandchildren she enjoys catching (and eating!) fish, diving and snorkelling, helping with restoration activities and spending the days of early summer as a dotterel ‘prefect’.
Alison worked for the Department of Conservation in Auckland in the 1990s. She was responsible for public awareness of conservation issues and activities and was involved with projects to protect native species and restore island habitats in association with community groups and tangata whenua.
In a private capacity Alison was a trustee for the Motutapu Restoration Trust, the Te Araroa (the Long Pathway) Trust and Project Crimson as well as being part of the QEII covenanters group with a large block of regenerating forest on the Whangapoua Harbour.
Alison and husband Alan moved to Cooks Beach in 2002. Alison was elected as a member of the Mercury Bay Community Board, serving for nine years. She represented the Thames Coromandel District Council on the Hauraki Gulf Forum, completed Resource Management Commissioner training, was a member of the District Plan Review Committee, and a trustee of Kauri 2000 carrying out replanting of kauri on the Coromandel Peninsula. In all this involvement, communicating with communities has been an important part of the work.
“Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari brings together many strands of interest and concern about the connection between land and sea, and about the tensions between the use and protection of the resources of this special area,” said Alison.
“Everyone has a role to play to protect, enhance and sustainably manage the inner Gulf, the islands, the coasts of the Coromandel Peninsula, and the Firth of Thames. These are precious places.”