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He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.
What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, the people, the people.

The Sanctuary employs a small but dedicated team of staff profiled below.

The Trust employs a small, hard-working and skilled team.

Ru Collin; Our People Volunteers Staff Trustees

Ru Collin

Ru Collin is our Chief Executive. Ru was a Trustee of the Sanctuary for two years before stepping down to take on the CE role in mid-2019.

Click here for a short video of Ru discussing his work at the Sanctuary.

Nick Robson; Our People Volunteers Staff Trustees

Nick Robson

Nick Robson is our Operations Manager, coordinating the volunteers’ and staffs’ efforts to maintain and develop the Sanctuary’s assets for everyone to enjoy.

Click here for a short video of Nick discussing his work at the Sanctuary.

Robert Schadewinkel; Our People: volunteers staff trustees

Robert Schadewinkel

Robert Schadewinkel is our Ecologist and takes care of protecting the Sanctuary against pest and predator threats. Robert is the primary response person when we have fence breaches and pest incursions to deal with, and is also our technical resource with species introduction plans.

Click here for a short video of Robert discussing his work at the Sanctuary.

Deborah McConochie; Our People: volunteers staff trustees

Deborah McConochie

Deborah McConochie is the Sanctuary’s Business Development Associate and takes care of our valuable Brook Business Club members programme, and all other fundraising activities. Deb also helps with business systems development. (Deb is a contractor to the Sanctuary)

Click here for a short video of Deborah discussing her work at the Sanctuary.

Murray Neill; our people

Murray Neill

Murray Neill is our Field Operations Coordinator, responsible for fence security, training and coordinating specific projects as they arise. Involved in all aspects of the sanctuary operation, Murray is experienced in most aspects of conservation field work, and leads our Weeding Project funded by the DOC Jobs for Nature programme.

Click here for a short video of Murray discussing his work at the Sanctuary.

Nick Tilly; Our People Volunteers Staff Trustees

Nick Tilly

Nick Tilly is our Office Manager: accounts, business systems, payroll, the website and much of our social media activities, and anything else that needs doing come under his rather large hat!

Click here for a short video of Nick discussing his work at the Sanctuary.

Rick Field; our people

Rick Field

Rick Field is our tours’ host, enhancing understanding of the Sanctuary’s aims and wider conservation issues via education talks with schools and other groups interested in improving our environment. (Part time)

Steffi Kuenstle; our people

Steffi Hebberd

Steffi is our Biosecurity Ranger. She is originally from Germany, where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning. She is fascinated with the flora and fauna in New Zealand and she is very excited to become a part of the Brook Waimārama Sanctuary.

Click here for a short video of Steffi discussing her work at the Sanctuary.

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Olivia Gallagher

Olivia is our Events, Promotions & Media Coordinator and is the newest member of the team. Olivia is interested in native ecology and conservation, and is also passionate about the arts. She hopes to promote the intermingling of these worlds during her role with the Sanctuary.

Click here for a short video of Olivia discussing her work at the Sanctuary.

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Shani Bennett

Shani is our Education Support person. She thrives on helping connect those who visit the Sanctuary with nature through storytelling. She aims to work collaboratively with local iwi to promote the rich mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) held about ecosystem restoration.

Click here for a short video of Shani discussing her work at the Sanctuary.

Chelsea Haley

Chelsea joined our Noxious Weeds Project team in October 2021 as it fits with her interest in native plant conservation. Chelsea has work in horticulture sector for the previous six years, primarily in nursery work.

Chris Sheehan

Another member of our Noxious Weeds Project team, Chris joined the Sanctuary in October 2021.

STRATEGIC SUPPORTERS

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