A trip down memory lane

Department of Conservation —  04/11/2015

By Chloe Barnes, Communications Advisor

To celebrate Conservation Week we challenged DOC staff around the country to find a picture of people in nature from the past and asked them to recreate it using props, costumes and a bit of artistic license. There were some great results!

The Marine Ecosystems Team staged a whale stranding scene complete with whale (a member of the team), fake facial hair, and a seamless recreation of the pose.

On Matiu/Somes Island rangers Diane Batchelor and Alisha Sheriff recreated the WWII Women’s Royal Navy Service semaphore to passing ships.

The prize for biggest transformation goes to Technical Advisor Don Neale, who was originally pictured at Torea Rocks in 1966 and created the pose again — over 40 years later.

New Plymouth Ranger Dave Rogers took on the challenge of recreating his distinctive 1978 look, complete with an eye-catching and fashion-forward possum pelt-belt. The 1978 photo also features Bruce Wallace. Dave is joined in the 2015 recreation by Denise Goodman.

The National Office Legal Team chose to a stage photo from the opening of the Taputeranga snorkel trail in 2011.

Finally a photo from Davina Hunt in 1995 feeding kākāpō on Codfish Island/Whenua Hou, and in the same pose 20 years later.

Thanks to all the staff for helping to celebrate Conservation Week and embracing the challenge to produce these dramatic recreations of scenes from the past.