13 year old Zoe Luffman has been looking after the environment since she was seven, inspired to take action after observing the rubbish on her local beach. She been an active member of CKNZ (Conservation Kids NZ) for 7 years, the last couple in more of a leadership role helping out with activities for the younger members.
With CKNZ, Zoe has given numerous talks at schools on Ocean Health, and has volunteered her time running conservation-themed activities at the Picton Maritime Festival.She has also supported Plastic Free Picton and given time to promoting reusable bags on various promotional days.
Zoe has organised two well publicised beach clean ups at Rarangi, attracting over 80 people, and regularly supports many other beach cleans up. She learnt to dive when she was 11, and now gets involved in local seabed clean ups with the local dive club.
She is part of the environment committee at Marlborough Girls College, and was part of a successful campaign to stop the school releasing balloons at graduation.
This year she is organising and hosting a public clean up at Rarangi beach as part of the Massive Marlborough Clean Up, a multi-location, multi-group campaign facilitated by DOC.
Zoe has been recognised by the Marlborough District Council with a Marlborough Youth Civic Award for her efforts in environmental work and is also involved in the new Envirohub in Picton.
Not letting her youth hold her back, Zoe has and continues to demonstrate leadership in ocean health. Through both her actions and advocacy, Zoe influences not only her peers but adults as well in looking after the ocean environment.
Nominated by: Wendy Sullivan, Department of Conservation on 31 January 2018