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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.

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Biodiversity Guardians AGM 2019

Monday 9th September 2019

Venue: Fish and Game Building,

               22 Burness Rd, Jervoistown, Napier

Time: 5.30 – 6.30pm.

 Registration and refreshments from 5.00 pm

Annual Report and Election of Management Committee to be considered.

Agenda, 2018 Minutes, Resolutions and Nomination Forms

There has been a bit of movement in the management committee over the last year. There are upcoming vacancies and we invite anyone interested in being on the committee to talk to Kay, current Chair, in the first instance through


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


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.

Dr. Amelia  McQueen

Dr. Amelia McQueen

Deputy Chair

Amelia McQueen is a lecturer at Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) teaching Botany, Concepts of Biology and Plant Physiology courses and facilitates the EIT Environmental Education Forum. She has a MSc and PhD with a focus on Botany and Ecology from University of Otago. She has worked with the Department of Conservation, Guthrie-Smith Arboretum, National Aquarium of NZ over the years, developing education resources and programmes and co-ordinating environmental programmes involving multiple agencies.

Mark  Mitchell

Mark Mitchell

Biodiversity Guardian

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.

Troy  Duncan

Troy Duncan

Biodiversity Guardian

Troy is the QEII National Trust Rep for Hawke’s Bay. Born and bred in the Bay, he travelled extensively overseas before returning to raise his family. He is kept busy with a small block of land at Pakowhai and as much hunting, rafting and fishing as possible. Troy has considerable knowledge of the rural landscape through both his QEII work and his work as a TB Vector monitoring contractor, assessing possum populations for the Animal Health Board’s programme from Wairoa to Porangahau.

Ngaio Tiuka

Ngaio Tiuka

Biodiversity Guardian

Nathan  Burkepile

Nathan Burkepile


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.

Genevieve Bennett

Genevieve Bennett

Project Manager

As project manager of the Biodiversity Strategy, Genevieve plays a secretariat role for the Guardians.

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