National and Auckland Regional WBC Coordinator
Kia ora koutou! I am the national coordinator for the Whitebait Connection programme and trustee of its founding trust the Mountains to Sea Conservation trust. I've been involved in environmental education since 2003 and my favourite part of the job is being out in the environment - natures classroom! I'm also an experienced coordinator of WBC's sister programme, Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR), and co-founder of the Whangarei Drains To Harbour stormwater awareness campaign and Mangrove Discovery Programme. I am a graduate of Environmental Management, Conservation, Business Administration and Computing and was lucky enough to study in Northland where I lived and worked with my husband Blair and kids Zayne and Oceana, until 2014 when we moved to Warkworth, Auckland by the Mahurangi River.
Phone: (09) 425 5681 or 027 243 4818
Northland Regional WBC Coordinator
I joined the WBC team in 2016 and am passionate about sharing the intrinsic values of Northland’s indigenous biodiversity and outdoors. My diverse background includes working on a dairy farm, in the navy and as a Project Manager for Waiora Northland Water with Northland Regional Council. This has helped me gain well established Northland local knowledge, community relationships and a depth of understanding of the Whitebait Connection mission. I have a degree in Environmental Science, a Management Diploma, and fifteen years of project and resource management experience. I’m also a member of the Project Management Institute (Whangārei Chapter) and a qualified Project Management Professional (PMP). This wide range of skills and experience is proving to be a blessing for working in this role.
Phone: 027 600 4237
Northland WBC Coordinator
Soozee has been a WBC coordinator since 2011. She was based and working solely in the Far North until 2013 when she became based in Whangarei and now delivers WBC all around Northland. Soozee has a lot of experience working with community in the field of environmental advocacy and is very passionate and knowledgeable about growing plants and riparian planting. She has recently also become a part-time tutor at NorthTec.
Northland Hokianga WBC Coordinator
Ko Whangape te wahapū,
Ko Rotokakahi te awa,
Ko Ongaro te maunga,
Ko Morehu te marae,
Ko Te Uri o Tai te hapu,
Ko Te Rarawa te iwi,
Ko Jasmine Pirini tāku ingoa.
Kia ora, my name is Jasmine Pirini I come from a beautiful isolated and rural place called Pawarenga located in the North Hokianga, in Northland.
I joined the Whitebait Connection (WBC) team in 2012 and my role is Co-ordinator for the Warawara Catchment area. I am supported also by the Kaitaia Department of Conservation office and my goal is to continue to raise awareness of fresh water quality within the local communities who have been involved in the programme.
North Auckland WBC Programme Coordinator
I specialise in environmental education, water quality monitoring, and environmental action projects including litter clean-ups, restoration planting and public awareness events. I have 9 years experience working in this field in New Zealand.
Gisborne WBC Regional Coordinator
Murray has been a WBC coordinator since 2005 and runs the delivery via his non-profit trust Te Mahi Te Taiao. He also manages the delivery of WBC's sister programme EMR in Gisborne, under his organisation and has many other partnerships and work streams including the National Coordinator for the GLOBE project.
Phone: 021 177 1926 / 06 868 7133
Gisborne WBC Project Manager
Amy has just completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration with a double major in marketing and management. She has a background in business but holds a strong passion for working alongside children. Amy has been working for Nga Mahi Te Taiao part time since 2012 and has now started working full time as manager of the education prgorammes.
This work enables Amy to grow her passion and commitment for educating children and the wider community about environmental conservation and engaging individuals towards sustainable development.
Wellington WBC Programme Regional Coordinator
Kia ora. I have been involved with the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust's work since 8 years. Ex-dive instructor (Kaikoura and Samoa), gained my marine and coastal science degree from Australia, then worked in environmental policy for several years in NZ and the US. I became involved in EMR whilst retraining as a teacher and coordinated in Wellington for a couple of years before going full time in the classroom. Missed it too much, so came back onboard in 2014 and took on delivery of the Whitebait Connection as well. I now manage the team in Wellington and, with the team, have created a wide range of services and connections within our community.
Wellington WBC Programme Coordinator
Wellington WBC Programme Coordinator
I am very excited to be working as a Whitebait Connection Coordinator with the Wellington Island Bay Marine Education Centre. I have been involved as a volunteer since 2012 and as a coordinator since 2015. I have had a passion for the ocean from a young age and decided to become a Marine Biologist when I was 8 years old. I have a Masters in Marine Conservation and love being able to pass on my knowledge and enthusiasm to students, teachers, parents and the general public. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, especially being involved in marine activities,
Wellington WBC Programme Coordinator
Hi my name is Jules and I am lucky enough to be the regional coordinator for the WBC programme in Wellington run by Island Bay Marine Education Centre. I grew up in the sea and spent my childhood exploring rock pools around the Wellington coast. I am a keen fisherman and understand the need for wide stewardship of the resource and look forward to passing on knowledge to next generation of New Zealanders. I am a trained teacher and snorkel instructor, my fav marine creature is the octopus and in my spare time I love exploring the coastline with my dog ‘Jazz’ (who also loves swimming in the ocean).
Phone: 021 585 370
Canterbury WBC Coordinator
Kirsty Brennan delivers the Whitebait Connection in Canterbury under the regional umbrella organisation EOS Ecology. This includes delivery of the Whitebait Connection Enviromental Investigators Programme and links in with the Whaka Inaka project.
Effects of catchment discharge in estuaries
Applications in urban storm-water modelling
Excited at having shifted with her family away from the busy rat-race of Sydney, Kirsty brings to the Whitebait Connection team six years of experience in estuary and coastal science from Australia.
Having completed an Advanced Diploma in Environmental Technology from Fanshawe College in Ontario, Canada, Kirsty put her qualification to good use studying the effects of catchment activities on ecological processes in estuaries. Prior to that she also gained some useful experience in wildlife management through radio-tracking brush turkeys.
“I really enjoy the job variety offered by my role at EOS Ecology. It’s also great to be part of a company with a focus on innovation in ecological management”
Already a keen surfer and skier, Kirsty has a desire to conquer a completely different challenge – to sing well. While she’s not confident of the likelihood of success, now that the declaration has been made public, she’ll have to give it her best shot!
Regional Canterbury WBC Coordinator
Shelley is the Whitebait Connection Regional Coordiator for Canterbury under the regional umbrella organisation EOS Ecology. This includes delivery of the Whitebait Connection Enviromental Investigators Programme and links in with the Whaka Inaka project.
Qualification: MSc (hons) Zoology
Urban stream ecology
Aquatic invertebrate ecology
With a first class honours MSc and 12 years industry experience, Shelley has spent time working for NIWA and the Christchurch City Council before establishing her own research consultancy with partner Erron. Recognising the valuable role high-end research should play in the management of our natural systems, Shelley is driven to enhance our freshwater and estuary ecosystems for the benefit of our communities.
Having navigated the challenges of growing EOS Ecology from a start-up business to a respected research consultancy, Shelley is enjoying being in a job where her research work has an applied outcome. “I get to work on projects where there is a ‘feel good’ vibe with a great outcome for both the community and ecology of the environment.”
When not in the big outdoors, Shelley can be found relaxing with more artistic pursuits such as taking photographs, sewing up an outfit, or bone carving.