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Our Team Members

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Annie Dignan
GENERAL MANAGER

Annie’s role at PFK is to keep the volunteers, staff team, board and key partners all on the same waka, paddling in the same direction to an agreed destination. Annie particularly enjoys meeting volunteers and hearing about their inspiring efforts to work with the community and restore the local environment. Her favourite native is the Ruru as she loves its all-knowing look.

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Fiona Smal
SENIOR RESTORATION ADVISOR

Fiona’s role at PFK is to increase engagement with restoration at home, in reserves and the places in-between, by encouraging our community to love and protect native biodiversity. She enjoys the giving attitudes of each volunteer or resident who takes a step forward for the benefit of local biodiversity.  Her favourite native animal is the tīeke (saddleback) for its association with pecking about on the ground and for epitomising the long term success of pest free initiatives.

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Kelly Long
COMMUNITY ACTIVATOR

Kelly works on volunteer recruitment, on-boarding, and supporting PFK volunteers. The thing she most enjoys about working for PFK is working with such a cool bunch of people. Her favourite New Zealand native is the pīwakawaka (fantail).

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Nic Charlton
CONSERVATION DATA & SYSTEMS
COORDINATOR

Nic’s role at PFK is to ensure technology & data support the organisation’s conservation and community mahi. He enjoys seeing the positive impact that the PFK team has on local people and local wildlife. Nic has too many favourite natives to choose but he does have a special fondness for wētā.

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Maisie Hamilton Murray
GREENING OF KAIPATIKI COORDINATOR

Maisie works to protect and enhance the ‘green’ spaces of Kaipātiki, and to educate people about the wonderful native plants in the area. She loves the tangible environmental protection gained through this work, and that restoration is being achieved. One of Maisie's favourite native species is kauri, an ecosystem-defining tree. 

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Tania McBeth-Stanton
SPECIAL PROJECTS LEAD

Tania's role is to provide administrative support to the PFK team. She is inspired by the people, both staff and volunteers, who are working so hard to make a difference to our local environment. Tania has a soft spot for the playful native pīwakawaka and loves hearing their distinctive little cheeps in the backyard.

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Lofty Ned
TE TAIAO COORDINATOR PUPUKE BIRDSONG PROJECT (PBP) AND PEST FREE KAIPĀTIKI (PFK)
 

Born and raised in Auckland of Ngāti Whātua, Tainui, and Tuhoe descent, Lofty’s values aligned well with the role of Te Taiao Coordinator – conservation and protecting our Whenua. Lofty views his responsibility as kaitiaki and bridge between the environment and people. His background is in the arts, health and fitness, and waste minimisation sectors so he is able to strengthen his values of protecting and caring for the environment, people, and sharing Maoritanga.

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Angela Mueller
BIODIVERSITY EDUCATOR

Angela’s role at PFK is to help tamariki to take action for our native plants and animals, and coordinate the Buffer programme. The thing she most enjoys about working for PFK is being outdoors with tamariki and rangatahi - connecting people with nature and with other people. Angela’s favourite native is the tīeke (saddleback) and she would love to hear their song in Kaipātiki one day!

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Ange Wadsworth
MEDIA LEAD

Ange looks after the communication needs of the organisation. She is inspired by the dedication of volunteers, residents and PFK staff working to restore the special ecology of Kaipātiki. Her favourite bird is the ruru, with their distinctive night call.

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Lucy Kelly
KAURI PROTECTION CAMPAIGN COORDINATOR

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Louise Jury
FINANCE MANAGER

Lucy facilitates engagement with the Kaipātiki community around conservation issues, particularly focusing on kauri dieback and myrtle rust. She enjoys meeting and working with others passionate about the local ecology of Kaipātiki. One of Lucy's favourite natives is pūpū rangi (kauri snail). She loves that they are a species associated with kauri forests and an example of Aotearoa's island gigantism. 

Louise looks after all things finance, from paying staff and suppliers to tracking spend on projects, applying for funding, invoicing and making sure all finance-related regulatory requirements are satisfied. She loves how passionate everyone is about their work at PFK. Her favourite native is a tie between the pīwakawaka - so friendly and sociable - and the kereru - so majestic.

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Urs Steck
WEBSITE COORDINATOR (volunteer)

Urs is helping to keep our website up-to-date and looking awesome. 

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