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The Biodiversity Guardians of Hawke's Bay will act as Kaitiaki for the Vision and Goals of the Strategy. A formally constituted group, the Guardians will oversee the work of the Forum and help connect and advise the many agencies and community-based groups working to implement the Strategy. Anyone can join the Guardians and membership benefits include quarterly newsletters, invitation to forum events and networking opportunities with other like minded people. Sign up now - Join the Guardians here.

Read the Incorporated Society rules here.

 

About us

The Guardians have a management committee who are voted on at the Annual General Meeting. The current Management Committee include:

Kay Griffiths

Kay Griffiths

Chair

Kay’s passion for conservation and wildlife management has been strong since childhood. She has a post-graduate Diploma in Wildlife Management from Otago University and was DOC Program Manager Biodiversity Threats for HB Area from 2001 till 2005. Kay then, with partner Craig Single, set up the Conservation Company, which is a business that focuses on practical ecological restoration. Kay is also a partner is Wild Solutions, which specialises in species restoration. In her spare time Kay loves to sing and play guitar.

Mark  Mitchell

Mark Mitchell

Deputy Chair

Mark Mitchell is the Team Leader/Principal Advisor Biosecurity/Biodiversity at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. A fifth generation farmer, Mark is busy replanting trees his ancestors proudly chopped down over 90 years ago. After completing a Masters in Conservation Biology at Victoria University/University of New South Wales he has worked in the Biosecurity/Biodiversity space for the past 15 years. With a strong passion for conservation and a proud Hawke’s Bay farmer, he can see the opportunities in the farming landscape where these two activities can complement, not compete, for the better of biodiversity in Hawke’s Bay.

Keiko Hashiba

Keiko Hashiba

Biodiversity Guardian

Keiko Hashiba is a Terrestrial Ecologist who has been with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council for eight years and was responsible for the development of the biodiversity inventory and the implementation of the Biodiversity Strategy. Most recently she has been working on a system for Ecosystem Prioritisation across the region and also does other ecological work including surveying wetlands and cuddling kiwi.

Christine  Cheyne

Christine Cheyne

Biodiversity Guardian

A relative newcomer to Hawkes Bay, Christine lives on an organic orchard and garden near Hastings. She has been actively involved in community conservation in the Manawatu while working at Massey University for nearly 30 years. Christine says, "I’m passionate about the indigenous biodiversity of Aotearoa and keen to play a part in supporting the efforts of all those working to protect, restore and enhance biodiversity in our region. I bring knowledge of local government planning processes from my many years of research and teaching in environmental planning. By working together, iwi and hapu, businesses, councils and communities will see huge gains in biodiversity".

Denise Fastier

Denise Fastier

Biodiversity Guardian

Senior Ranger (Biodiversity), Department of Conservation

Nathan  Burkepile

Nathan Burkepile

Treasurer

Nathan is Hawke's Bay's first NZ Landcare Trust Regional Representative. Formerly a Senior Fish & Game officer in the Bay and Northland, Nathan brings a wealth of experience with him to both the Landcare role and the Biodiversity Guardians. With years of experience working with the farming community, Nathan says he is looking forward to making those connections stronger and supporting farmers protect and enhance biodiversity on private land. Nathan is a keen tramper and hunter and spends as much time in the great outdoors as possible.

Stephanie Murphy

Stephanie Murphy

Biodiversity Guardian

Stephanie is a recent Hawke’s Bay import after working in the aviation and electricity sectors across New Zealand for the last 25 years. This year she joined Hawke’s Bay Airport in the role of Airport Planner and is responsible for leading the development of the Hawke’s Bay Airport’s Masterplan and Environmental Management Strategy, including the consultation with internal and external stakeholders and shareholders. While working for Genesis Energy as the Environmental Manager (based at Huntly Power Station), Stephanie was involved in the establishment of Waikato Rivercare and Huntly Energy Efficiency Trust. Stephanie and her family are enjoying all that the great Hawke’s Bay lifestyle has to offer and are looking forward to exploring further this summer.

Rod Heaps

Rod Heaps

Biodiversity Guardian

Rod has had a passionate appreciate of the environment from the early beginnings. From living on the coast at Te Awanga to working on Raoul Island in the Kermadecs where mother nature was raw and at her best. Previously holding the environment portfolio at the Hastings District Council, Rod believes that we all need to do our little share to help protect this fragile and precious environment that we and future generations depend upon. Awareness via widespread education and community involvement is all key to a better way forward.

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+64 6 835 9200
info@biodiversityhb.org

159 Dalton Street Napier 4110
Private Bag 6006 Napier 4142

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