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Good Sorts: Estella Lee

Published: 7:26PM Sunday May 31, 2009 Source: ONE News

Estella Lee is a newish New Zealander who fell in love with our country and decided to do her part for the environment.

When Lee went to one of our National Parks two decades ago, she had many questions about our environment.

But instead of keeping the answers to herself, she started passing on what she learnt.

Lee is the founder and head of the Chinese Conservation Education Trust.

She holds classes at the Waitakere Sustainable Living Centre, where her students sing her praises.

"She's an amazing woman," says one student.

Twenty years ago, Lee was like her students. She came to New Zealand for a new life but didn't know much about the land she was now living on.

"We know very little because we are all townies, in Hong Kong, if we don't litter then we are a very good citizen already. To recycle the garbage is not our business," says Lee.

So she learnt, and decided it would be a waste not to share it.

"I have the chance to learn and if I don't pass it on, I have wasted the gift god gave me," says Lee.

"We need to protect the environment, we have the passion for it and I like to learn and I like share it with my fellow people," she says.

"I think everybody's got to do something."

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  • RuralWomenNZ said on 2011-06-17 @ 09:09 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Hey! We thought you might be interested in the aftersocks projects that will raise money for the Chch Mayoral Fund. The idea came from two Cantabrian sisters called Justine and Jo Ottey. Check out the website from the 20th June or

  • Jazz1 said on 2010-05-24 @ 14:59 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Love this segment! What great people!

  • margi21 said on 2010-04-07 @ 21:36 NZDT: Report abusive post

    I have this guys heart i would be dead if it wasent for him , thanks barry !

  • Jankeal said on 2009-12-25 @ 23:57 NZDT: Report abusive post

    Tim is my father and i'd just like to say that i'm proud of what he does bringing happiness to others lives and yet still finds time to talk and see his grandchildren. For a man who's had it rough the last 2-3 years it hasn't slowed him down and he still has time for everyone. Good on you dad/Pop!

  • TheHoltens said on 2009-12-21 @ 11:34 NZDT: Report abusive post

    The piece about Mark Granthams brought tears to my eyes. What an inspirational young man. Has made me look at myself and realise what little I do for the wider community. Thanks Mark :)

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