Roger in his efforts to contribute to understanding and improving the environment has drawn on a number of ever developing creative talents, with a glimpse of Roger the storyteller provided in this excerpt.
And I tried to employ the tussock approach which was you know, people used to call me a “greenie” but in fact I used to say well I’m more of a “tussocky” really, and they’d ask me what that meant and I would say well that’s a practical “greenie”. A “tussocky” will give you . . ., it will grow on the side of a mountain and it will give your children a foothold to get to the top and we don’t wither in the storms, you know”.
Roger reflects on the success of the Friends of the Estuary Group 1990-2003, formed on the basis of his initiative, and at the same time environments and places that have had special significance for him.
I was born in the middle of the heart of Otago,(Roxburgh). I mean there is no estuaries, and no sea, it’s funny isn’t it. I sometimes don’t know what it is that drives me along. But I do know that I love the environment here [living alongside Mapua Estuary, Nelson] I loved living in Sumner. I love the open sea. The [Friends of the] Estuary I think was a vehicle which enabled me to feel as though I was doing something to contribute a wee bit and it just captured me, ah, I don’t think it became something that was overpoweringly demanding of my time, the opportunity to be helpful, seemed to be there, and so I took advantage of that. And I have met some amazing people along the road, and I…. yeah, it’s been a lovely experience.