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DoC ranger awarded for hard work

Department of Conservation’s East Coast biodiversity ranger Jamie Quirk was awarded a Te Ra Ratonga Tumatanui Public Service Day award for his work in the region.

Former conservation minister Eugenie Sage said in a Facebook post that Gisborne-based ranger Jamie Quirk has played a big role in working with Ngati Oneone at Puhi Kai Iti/Cook Landing Site and working with Ngati Konohi to establish and care for Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve.

Te Ra Ratonga Tumatanui Public Service Day awards celebrate the ethos of public service and a commitment to the country.

Receiving the award was totally unexpected but it was a great honour to receive it, Mr Quirk said.

“While this is a recognition of me, it is also a reflection of the hard work of all DoC staff.

“It gives an insight into the superb work that public servants do all around New Zealand.”

Mr Quirk was one of 14 recipients of the award.

“While this is a formal award, it is the informal recognition that makes it worthwhile.

“It’s things like seeing a kid at the Marine Reserve screaming with delight because they have seen an octopus, or a group of mountain bikers having a superb time on the Pakihi track, or a tourist at Puhi Kai Iti getting a better understanding of the history of that special place,” Mr Quirk said.

“It has also been great for my parents. They are so proud that I am receiving this award.

“Along with the various emails and texts from people congratulating me, it is humbling to see the impact that I have had.”

“It is strange to be put up on a pedestal.”

SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY: From left, Public Service Commissioner Peter Hughes, East Coast biodiversity ranger Jamie Quirk, and Minister for the Public Service Chris Hipkins at last week’s Public Service Day Awards. Picture by Elias Rodriguez