Ali’s passion for and interest in Fiordland began when she moved to the area in the early 1980s.
During her tenure as Environment Southland Chairman and Councillor, she advocated for the formation of the Guardians and for the ongoing support and assistance the Council provides for them.
Under her watch as Chairman, biosecurity threats in Fiordland were prioritised, which resulted in the initiation of the Fiordland Marine Pathways Plan.
Ali has been involved in wilding conifer issues in Southland and nationally for over 20 years, chairing the Mid Dome Wilding Trees Charitable Trust since its formation in 2007. She also holds governance responsibilities for MPI’s National Wilding Conifer Control Programme.