Hi, I’m Donald

I’m currently self-employed in several roles, including landscape and wildlife photography. Being a former mountain guide I’m very “at home” in the outdoors. This included volunteer search and rescue work with the Department of Conservation. Back in the days when this was their task.

Back in the ’70s also, as a legitimate ‘ski bum’ I authored a ski area guide book with a close friend. Which led to a job doing ski area avalanche control work on areas near Wanaka. Before Central Otago and Antarctica based geo-physics field work.

Odd as it may seem the above led to over two decades in IT. With one emphasis being web site design and implementation. And founder of Southern Lights web site initiative:


I was recently employed by the Department of Conservation. The summer periods 2014-2017, saw me looking after huts, tracks, people, and native birds in Mt. Aspiring National Park. In the case of the latter there has been a noticeable uptick to the dawn chorus. This relates to happy native bird populations.

Currently I’m in a role new to me on the Otago Conservation Board. Strategic planning honouring statutes and legislation is keeping me very busy!


Donald Lousley
Wanaka NZ

Glenmary being climbed by Donald Lousley
On Mt Glenmary in the Lake Ohau Catchment

email to don@likeminds.co.nz