Maxine Fraser, BA, Dip. Tchg, Dip. LIS

Maxine Fraser

Maxine Fraser, BA, Dip. Tchg, Dip. LIS

Instructor

After growing up on a King Country farm, Maxine studied at Auckland University and enjoyed tramping in New Zealand forests. She returned from travel through Europe, the Middle East & Asia, and qualified as a science librarian, before settling in the Waikato. She and scientist husband Tony Fraser covenanted a tract of nikau-rimu forest with the QE II Trust on a hill country block near Mount Pirongia. Quick-growing native shrubs were used as shelter, shade & fodder for their grazing animals. Their home orchard was run on the lines of a forest garden, with beehives, weaving materials & bird habitat. Tony, with Maxine’s support, started the group Tui 2000 in 1989, & ran regular gully bus tours around Hamilton. After his death, she returned to the city, where she has been restoring her own gully, & working voluntarily in the Mangaiti Gully with Rex Bushell and the Mangaonua system with George Lusty. From 2004, she has worked as a weedbuster in Claudelands Bush, regularly planting & weeding in the Waiwhakareke Reserve, and potting & weeding at the Tamahere/WERT native plant nursery. Over the years, Maxine has been inspired by conservation concepts and tree cropping. Together, they provide ecological services for the planet and habitat for us living creatures.