New Zealand Guide
MJ is as outdoorsy as they come, with a passion for not only adrenaline filled activities, but for native flora, fauna and conservation efforts. She has spent much of her time growing up on the South Island and can dazzle you with facts all day long.
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in South London, but moved to Aotearoa when I was 10 years old. Aotearoa was definitely a missing puzzle piece for me- I belong here! I have spent my time here in North Canterbury, about 40km north of Christchurch.
What are your hobbies?
I spend most of my time inland tramping on top of mountains, exploring forests and swimming in rivers. I am very passionate about the native flora and fauna of Aotearoa, so spend a lot of time studying and observing them. My bedroom in my flat is a mini forest as it is full of plants- 27 to be exact! I am also a rock climber, white water kayaker and skier.
Do you have any special talents?
I am full of random fun facts (‘Fun Facts with Mj’), and I am very empathetic no matter the circumstances.
What has been your greatest outdoor adventure?
A 10 day tramp from the West coast to the East coast of NZ.
What did you do before you became a guide?
I just finished my second year of my degree in Sustainability and Outdoor Education, so mainly studying. Other work I've done is with the City Council and DOC working to trap pests and monitor native species on the coastline and porthills of Christchurch. Apart from that I was a barista for 2 1/2 years even though I hate coffee!
Do you have a favourite quote?
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Suess
Describe a life experience that has shaped you today?
I spent my GAP year in Africa travelling, and it really opened my eyes to what is happening around the globe in terms of conservation- its really fueled my passion moving forward!
Have you studied beyond school? If so in what?
As mentioned before- I’m at Ara Polytechnic in Christchurch studying my Degree of Sustainability and Outdoor Ed at the moment, and I plan to gain my masters and PHD afterwards in something such as zoology or ecology.