Benefactor humbles Kiwi conservationist rammed by fleeing tourist driver

A kiwi tracker and his highly-trained conservation dog have received a goodwill gift worth over $3000 from a stranger moved by their plight and work.

An Auckland woman who wishes to remain anonymous called with the good news after Fair Go shared the story of Paul Gasson and his Irish setter Dillon.

“It's quite, quite humbling actually to find that there are people out there who just have that much generosity,” Paul told Fair Go.

In February, Paul and Dillon were wiped off the Whataroa Highway on the West Coast when driver Ludovic Le Roux crossed the centre line.

Police ticketed the 34-year-old from Luxembourg, who then left New Zealand without making amends.

Rental hire company Happy Campers eventually accepted it has a direct liability for damages done by one of its vehicles and settled with Paul for $3350.

Paul estimated his losses at $7000 and the fairy godmother told him she wanted to pay him the difference.

Paul says she may also support his future efforts to conserve titi in the Catlins.

“When they want to back what you're doing, it's a real shot in the arm, it's real heartening,” Paul said.

“It just helps to let me know that I'm on the right course, doing the right thing.”

An Auckland woman was moved by the story of Paul Gasson and his Irish setter Dillon. Source: Fair Go