Meet a volunteer! Lindsey Baker

Lindsey Baker has been a volunteer with the Karioi Project since the start of the project in 2006 when traps were put out in Upper Wainui Reserve. “When we first started, it was so intense that we had to check them everyday.” Lindsey shares three trap lines now, which have caught a total of 953 stoats and rats!

Lindsey has always worked in teams, sharing trap lines at the start with Mike Goodison, and now with Shelley Hart, Steve Clarke, and Jim McLeod. His granddaughter, now 9 years old, has been joining him since a toddler. “She loves it, and now when we don’t catch much, she says that’s probably a good thing.”

Lindsey says it’s safer to go in teams. And the team approach may be why he’s been a volunteer for so long. It’s more fun with friends!

Living at Upper Wainui, Lindsey can see the difference. “It’s a combination of what we’ve done and the 1080 drops over the years (like it or not). There’s definitely a difference in the bush.. Those white sticks that you see on the mountain aren’t actually dead, and after a 1080 drop they start to green up again. There’s no doubt that a lot of the big trees have been killed by possums over the years.”

When he’s not trapping, Lindsey keeps busy with his passions; painting, music (he has made his own Irish bouziki) and walking on the beach with his dog. When I asked him if he surfs, he said “doesn’t everyone?”

Lindsey’s next painting exhibition is 24 Aug – 11 Sept at NKB gallery in Mt Eden. You can also see his work online at

Painting : Tea Tree II by Lindsey Baker

Rebecca Towle