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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 of Hawke's Bay Management Committee Meeting Minutes 

19 October 2020 - Biodiversity Guardians of HB AGM Minutes 
27 August 2020 - Biodiversity Guardians of HB MC Minutes
2 July 2020 - Biodiversity Guardians of HB MC Minutes
30 April 2020 - Biodiversity Guardians of HB MC Minutes

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.

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.

Natalie de Burgh

Natalie de Burgh

Biodiversity Guardian

Natalie graduated from the University of Auckland with a BSc in Ecology in 2016. Since moving back home to Hawke’s Bay she has been working for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council in a variety of roles within the Biosecurity / Biodiversity section, and more recently part of the Predator Free Hawke’s Bay team. She is particularly interested in how research can inform adaptive management and the integration of biodiversity values into agricultural systems. Since 2017 she has also had three short stints in Greece volunteering on an in-water research project monitoring loggerhead sea turtles.

Rob Brenstrum

Rob Brenstrum

Biodiversity Guardian

Born and bred in Hawke's Bay, Rob Brenstrum has been working in pest control for the last 17 years. He manages his family business Central Districts Pest Control and has overseen the company’s diversification into the plant pest space. Rob’s passion is for recruiting and training people to work at the coalface of biodiversity, out in the bush and on farms. A keen fly-fisherman, he also has a vested interest in improving water quality.

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Contact us

027 231 9367
info@biodiversityhb.nz

PO Box 246, Napier 4140

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