Johnnie Tangaroa – Suwarrow Park Ranger

Beyond his military career, Johnnie has been actively involved with organisations like New Zealand Outward Bound and the Department of Conservation (DOC). His contributions extend to community projects such as the Gore Walkway in Bluff and the pier in Chatman Islands.
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Meet Johnnie Tangaroa, one of the new Suwarrow Park Ranger.

With a background in the military as a combat engineer, Johnny has seen action in various conflict zones including Iraq, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, Haiti, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, and Samoa. 


His military experience includes construction, water management, and cross-training with institutions such as the NAVY, New Zealand Police, Australian training programs, and overseas institutions such as the FBI, DEA, and US Marshall services. Bomb disposal developed as Johnnie’s primary role and passion, often on call in New Zealand for combat-related emergencies.

Beyond his military career, Johnnie has been actively involved with organisations like New Zealand Outward Bound and the Department of Conservation (DOC). His contributions extend to community projects such as the Gore Walkway in Bluff and the pier in Chatman Islands.

In his personal life, Johnny finds comfort in his roots, aspiring for stability and cultural understanding. He was part of culture group Orama back in his dancing days and performed in Japan. Among his adventurous life, Johnny has had his fair share of memorable moments, including a daring parachute jump in 1988, which almost led to his arrest in Rarotonga.

Johnnie brings a great wealth of knowledge and experience, and the National Environment Service is delighted to have him be part of the team.

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