OUR TEAM

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Damon Birchfield

CEO

I’m the CEO here at EcoMatters Trust, and I have the privilege of leading our great team of passionate and talented ecowarriors and environmental experts. This is an exciting time at EcoMatters as we look to grow on our past success and multiply our effectiveness within the communities we are involved. We are very approachable and love to hear from anyone who wants to get alongside and get involved, be it volunteering in our community garden, or partnering on new and ambitious projects. So please don’t be a stranger, get in touch! Email: damon@ecomatters.org.nz

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Carla Gee

Executive & Operations Assistant

My role here at EcoMatters is Executive & Operations Assistant, and as such, I work closely with Damon, assisting with HR, Heath & Safety, Payroll, Board requirements and general administration for the team. I am relishing working with such an amazing team of talent and dedicated people, and I feel reinvigorated to be exposed to and learning about caring for our environment on a daily basis. Outside of work, I am kept busy with my two sons, who love soccer, kung fu, motorbike riding, swimming, and fighting zombies! Email: carla@ecomatters.org.nz, Ph. ext. 102

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Tina Ivory

Accounts Manager

I’m the accounts manager at EcoMatters. Outside of work my hubby and his business, kids and menagerie of dogs, cat and chickens all keep me pretty busy. For downtime I enjoy Pilates/yoga, walking, exploring the outdoors and curling up with a good book.  Email: tina@ecomatters.org.nz Phone: 09 827 4997

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Myrthe Braam

I spend half of my time at EcoMatters working as Event Manager, organising our annual festival EcoWest including EcoDay as well as other smaller events. I also look after the Love Your Place campaign, which includes organising the Love Your Place Awards, and I help Olivia with the administrative side of the Water Advice Line. The hours I don’t spend at EcoMatters, I’m exploring New Zealand while running, hiking, orienteering, camping or riding my motorbike. Email: myrthe@ecomatters.org.nz Phone: 09 826 4276, ext. 110

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Sarah Jane Murray

I blaze the Waste Minimisation trail at EcoMatters. Some of my projects include Project Manager for the Compost Collective, the Love Zero Waste Trailer, managing the Wesley Produce Market, and the New Lynn Night Market’s Zero Waste initiatives. I am currently one of the executive trustees for the Community Recycling Network (CRN) and a trustee for Muriwai Environmental Action Community Trust (MEACT) in my beautiful hometown of Muriwai. In my spare time, I love kite surfing and hanging at the beach. Email: sarah@ecomatters.org.nz Phone: 09 826 4276, ext. 141

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Olivia Tukuogo

At EcoMatters my mission is to assist Auckland households in their endeavours to reduce water usage. When not water warrioring I enjoy watching my children’s colourful renditions of NZ Idol performances, coaxing edible fare from my garden, chewing hastily through a few pages of the National Geographic, and coercing my reluctant husband into upcycling rescued furniture. Email: olivia@ecomatters.org.nz Phone: 09 826 4276, ext. 151

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Meg Liptrot

Meg has a background in sustainable land management and green design so can advise you on organic, productive solutions for your backyard or block of land. She has also been through an eco renovation and can help with ideas and eco products for your place. She is currently researching products and services for a new eco house. Meg has worked at the Centre since 2005 and over that time has developed a comprehensive workshop programme and network of expert tutors for the centre, the line-up is refreshed every season. Email: meg@ecomatters.org.nz Phone: 09 826 4276, ext. 121

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Barbara Folkard

I co-manage the Visitors Centre at EcoMatters and co-ordinate the volunteer programme. I have been interested in the health of our environment since I was a child perusing Project Jonah leaflets (no internet back then!). Relatively recently I attended university as an adult student gaining a BSc in Geography and Environmental Science. Outside of work I continue to save the world (where possible!) and do yoga whenever I can to relax. Email: barbara@ecomatters.org.nz Phone: 09 826 4276, ext. 122

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Pamela Gill

I am the Manager – Restorative Projects here at EcoMatters. Many of the projects I work on are focused on restoring stream side areas out west or dealing to pervasive weeds. I love working with the community to restore their environment. When not at work you’ll most probably find me further out west enjoying the beautiful bush & beach environment I live in. Email: pamela@ecomatters.org.nz Ph: (09) 826 0554

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Dr Dan Ducker

As the resident geek at EcoMatters, my primary role is developing our research and strategy capability. I love hearing about, creating, or trialling new and interesting ways that communities (including businesses) can work together to make progress on the complex social and environmental issues we face. You’ll often find me at a desk but I’m more at home in the ocean, watching sunsets over our beautiful west coast lagoons, or chatting with mates with a beer in hand. Please do get in touch if you have any cool ideas for projects, or want to bounce any thoughts off me. Email: dan@ecomatters.org.nz

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Emily Harris

I’m the Events and Sponsorship Manager. I coordinate our annual EcoWest Festival and other events, and look after our wonderful business partners. When I’m not at EcoMatters, I am helping to put on other community events, trying to grow veggies in New Lynn clay, or out enjoying everything our beautiful city has to offer. Email:emily@ecomatters.org.nz Phone: 09 826 4276, ext. 202

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Fiona McCallum

I wear a number of hats at EcoMatters and love connecting the community to our unique West Auckland environment. I look after Little Sprouts, Love Your Place, and Project HomeWise, and love anything to do with upcycling. When I’m not at work I’m spending time with my family and my dog, Moss. Email: fiona@ecomatters.org.nz Ph: 09 826 4276, ext. 201

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Simon Grant

I had notions of being an explorer in Africa when I was a kid but I’ve ended up with something almost as challenging; tackling weeds in Auckland city. I like coffee; I like cats and getting a job done with my workmate Phil, because he makes hard work seem like fun. Ph. 021 308 132 or email: simon@ecomatters.org.nz

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Phil Needle

I work alongside Simon, connecting community with their environment. My favourite part of the job is making challenging projects worthwhile and fun. When I’m not lending a hand in the bush you’ll find me with the family, having more fun!! Ph. 027 904 5514

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Chrissy Yates

I joined EcoMatters in January 2016 to set up small native plant nursery with the aim of contributing to environmental restoration activities in our local community, as well as providing an enjoyable setting where people can connect, share knowledge, learn and grow to love our native bush. I love my work and from a very early age I was fascinated with our native fauna and flora. The Waitakere Ranges was the perfect playground and over the years my passion for protecting our natural environment has grown. I am a resident of Glen Eden and for the past 15 years have gained much experience in native plant propagation and forest restoration. Contact details; Email: chrissy@ecomatters.org.nz Mobile: 0274 810 688