AGM and committee elections.The TOSSI AGM was held on 4 September at the Woolshed. Ngarie Wallen and Matt Maitland gave positive
reports for the year. James Ross took over for the election of the committee. Ngaire Wallen stepped down from
being Chairperson and retired from the Committee. Gilbert Barruel was elected on to the Committee. Alison
Stanes moved from Deputy Chair to Chairperson and Roger Grove is taking on the role of Deputy Chairperson.
Alison thanked Ngaire Wallen for her time given first as treasurer and then as Chairperson. She commented on
how her good humour will be missed. Alison said, “that joining TOSSI becomes an adventure not knowing where it
will take you”. For example - Paul Williams never realised he was going to manage building a nursery, James Ross
knew little about Grey-faced Petrel, Ray Blackburn found himself calculating how many trees would fit in
allocated blocks of land, Kerry McGee has been grovelling around the forest floor gathering dirt to be sent to
researchers for study of micro snails, Roger Grove is on a learning curve with improving the TOSSI website, David
Stone a lawyer, is now working with geckos, Sally Richardson moved from reptiles to managing a whole team
monitoring takahe, and Karyn Hoksbergen stepped into a void, became treasurer and on it goes. Alison feels
privileged to be working with passionate volunteers and looks forward to being their leader.