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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.

Biodiversity Guardians AGM 2018

This was held at the  Fish and Game Building, 22 Burness Rd, Jervoistown, Napier on Monday 24 September 2018. Here are the reports which were considered at that meeting:

AGM Agenda

Chairpersons report, Performance report and Financial Accounts.


About us

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

Connie Norgate

Connie Norgate


Connie is the Operations Manager for Hawke’s Bay Department of Conservation and the Chair of the Biodiversity Guardians. Connie has been working in the department for over a decade having spent time working across Taranaki, Whanganui, the Chatham Islands before coming to the Hawkes Bay. She has a passion for biodiversity and how that connects and relates to landowners, iwi and the community to support a sustainable future for all.

Marie Taylor

Marie Taylor

Deputy Chair

Marie is the owner of Plant Hawke’s Bay nursery which was set up in 2005. Marie has a horticultural science degree from Lincoln University and worked for the QEII National Trust from 1992-2007, first in Nelson, and then for 13 years in Hawke’s Bay. This gave her a good working knowledge of the distribution of native species within Hawke’s Bay, and an understanding of how they fit into the landscape. Her passion is to grow rare and uncommon naturally occurring Hawke’s Bay plants, and to see them re-established throughout the Bay.

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

Biodiversity Guardian

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.

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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