Farewell chief kiwi

08 Jul 2013

 Ann Graeme – the Kiwi Conservation Club’s leader for the past 25 years – signed off on July 5 after editing her last edition of the KCC magazine, Wild Things.

Ann has edited and written the magazine with illustrator Tim Galloway since 1992, telling stories about nature, conservation and science in a way that children understand and love. 

She’s taught important lessons through magazine characters Kiri Kiwi and Willie Weka. 

Forest & Bird Communications Manager Marina Skinner says a generation of children has learned about nature from Ann. “Ann has inspired thousands of children with her stories and she’s helped many of them to grow into today’s conservationists.”

Ann started as KCC’s national co-ordinator in 1992 and took over writing the KCC magazine. She worked with Tim Galloway to teach children about native plants and animals, science and conservation issues. No topic was too complex for Ann and Tim to tackle, and they brought climate change, biosecurity, energy and ecosystems to a child-friendly level. 

For many years Ann supported volunteer KCC co-ordinators until part-time KCC officer Jenny Lynch was appointed in 2008. Ann led annual KCC co-ordinator gatherings and was known for her adventurous programmes of activities. In 2012 she shared with co-ordinators valuable lessons in how creatures, including humans, spread their weight over a larger surface area to avoid sinking in estuarine mud.

Ann was a Forest & Bird Central North Island field officer with her husband Basil from 1988 to 1992, and has been heavily involved with Forest & Bird’s Tauranga branch and restoration of Aongatete Forest Restoration Project in the Kaimai Mamaku Conservation Park.

She will continue to write In the field columns for Forest & Bird magazine, which she has written for more than a decade. Ann was awarded a Forest & Bird Old Blue award in 2008.