John lives on a 516 square metre property across the road from a neglected bush reserve in Karori, Wellington. His home is surrounded by other houses and loads of trees. In 2015, he set out to protect his trees and the native birds returning in his area.
Laurence Giles’ farm sits in the hills west of the Hauraki Plains and backs on to bush near Morrinsville in the Waikato. Most Kiwis will know this region as dairy country but Laurence’s rat problem made him feel like he was living in rat country.