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Jacquie Grant
(June 4, 1944 - living) New Zealand

Jacquie Grant

Former Councilor

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Born in Gippsland, Australia Jacquie was brought up, during the post war years, in a children's home in Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria, Australia. When he was 19, after somewhat eventful teenage years, he left Australia and settled in New Zealand, and spent several years in the merchant navy, ending up a chief cook on many ships.

In 1970 Jacquie had an operation, commonly known as a "sex change", fulfilling a lifetime dream. She got married, "had" children - adopting and fostering many kids, over 70, for which she was awarded the New Zealand order of merit by Queen Elizabeth II. She became the first transsexual member of the New Zealand to be awarded the New Order of Merit (1998). Jacquie is thought to be the only transsexual approved for fostering by the state Children and Young Persons Service.

She then entered the zoo industry and, for 15 years, managed the Moana Zoo and Wildlife park at Lake Brunner on the West Coast, of the South Island. She also runs courses for children with behavioral problems and founded Moana Zoo, a 50-acre (20-hectare) home for endangered animals. Jacquie did two terms on the Greymouth District Council as Councillor for Youth, Maori, and Roading. Very early on she developed a passion for machine knitting, spinning and wool crafts in general.

Her partner Bill died in 1992. She now operates "Jacquie Grant's Eco World" which is a kind of indoor Zoo dedicated to the protection and preservation of New Zealand's native icon, the Kiwi.

Jacquie is now playing the role of granny to a lot of the children of the kids that she fostered, and is commonly known as the "Trannie Granny", or Nanny Pop as some call her. Currently, she is building a motor camp near the Arahura river Hokitika, and developing a Machine Knitting Museum which, in time, will become a physical as well as virtual museum.

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Website: http://www.jacquie-grant.com

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