I had the pleasure of speaking with Blair Walter this week who, as well as working full time and looking after his new-born baby, manages to find the time to volunteer with the Mokihi Trust where he was a founding trustee.
Born and bred in the Waikato, Blair moved to Central in 1996 to start Felton Road winery, where he continues to work as winemaker and general manager.
He also enjoys spending time with his partner Sarah and their very young baby, gardening, cooking, wine, sailing, flying and restoring his Messerschmitt bubble car.
So how does he find the time and energy to volunteer?
‘‘I have been involved with the Mokihi Trust since the beginning.
‘‘It’s a passion of mine so I find the time!
‘‘It’s been reported that Central Otago has the most modified landscape of any region of New Zealand.
‘‘We desperately need to restore pockets of native vegetation and educate the community on the importance of reintroducing the fabulous range of native trees and shrubs that used to thrive in our unique environment.
‘‘This in turn will provide habitat for the return of native birds, lizards and insects that are hugely threatened.
‘‘Mokihi was established in early 2016 after a period of encouragement and assistance from Te Kakano in Wanaka.
‘‘I was involved right from the beginning. We held community meetings to band together likeminded enthusiastic individuals to set up a native plant restoration trust for Cromwell.’’
Like so many volunteers I meet, Blair has clearly found his passion and is committed to the