Born and raised in Auckland’s North Shore, Steve left school at 18 to take up a trainee position with the Agricultural Pest Destruction Council. After two years, he was presented with a Diploma in Pest Control, which set him on a path working around the country for different organisations.
Steve came to Tasman in 2005, eventually becoming a private contractor.
“I really enjoy the difference we can make to the environment when we apply meaningful pest control,” he says.
As his experience grew with controlling various pests, including rooks, possums, mustelids, goats, cats, rabbits, pigs and deer, he found himself training and advising others in pest control methods.
“Students are excited to come to the workshops as they are as passionate as I am about the environment and go away with new skills and enthusiasm,” Steve says. “I also learn something new on every course we run.”
Steve works with volunteer groups in Tasman, including the Kea Conservation Trust, and is a self-employed contractor involved in pest control, landscape planting and riparian plantings.
“I enjoy passing my knowledge to students and future guardians of the environment. I have great support which makes teaching fun and enjoyable,” he says.
“NMIT is a great brand and the partnership with DOC in these workshops works well.”