Maj De Poorter is saying goodbye to the Rotokare Scenic Reserve and Taranaki - for now.
The Belgian, who moved to New Zealand in 1986, is trading in her post as project manager at Lake Rotokare for a spot at the forefront of international conservation.
"I have been given a very unexpected opportunity with the Department of Conservation as their senior international partner liaison officer.
"I will be Wellington-based but there will be quite a lot of travel to the Pacific and to conventions around the world."
Ms De Poorter wants to take "that New Zealand attitude" global.
While many countries tended to talk about threats to indigenous wildlife, New Zealanders got on with the job of combating them, she said.
"I like that approach."
Although she had been in the job for only six months, she will miss the sprawling 230-hectare (575-acre) scenic reserve, east of Eltham.
"When I first came here, and I was new to the area, everyone was so nice. I had such a great team, it has been wonderful."
She said like so many people before her, she will find it impossible to completely sever ties with the scenic reserve - and she just might be a strong voice for Taranaki on the world stage.
She leaves her post next month, providing an opportunity for someone else with a passion for the environment, management skills and motivation.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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