Tam Alexander


Tam grew up in South Africa where he was active in anti-apartheid politics, and ran two successful IT businesses with his brother. He lives with his partner Sandy (and two dogs) in Titirangi. His professional qualifications include degrees in commerce, politics, and an MBA. In New Zealand he has worked exclusively in the not for profit sector, for 4 years as General Manager for Amnesty International NZ, and then as a self-employed specialist in not for profit organisation operations and governance since 2005. To contact Tam, please email:


Sharon Davies

Sharon (or Shaz as she is otherwise known) is a staunch Westie and passionate people person. Besides EcoMatters she’s involved in a number of other community organisations in the West including the Waitakere Branch of Forest & Bird, the Swanson Railway Station Trust (Chair) and the Safer West Community Trust (Secretary). In her spare time she works as PA/Board Liaison to the Waitakere Ranges Local Board based in Glen Eden. She was awarded a Queens Service Medal for services to the community in June 2013. Email:


Mark Harvey

Mark is an artist and Senior Lecturer at The University of Auckland and volunteer and member of a range of conservation focused organisations. He makes public art in the area of performance and participation with an interest in public behaviours and attitudes around climate change and conservation and has shown his practice in a wide range of international and national contexts such as the 55th Venice Biennale for Visual Arts, Venice and the New Zealand Festival of the Arts. He is on the committee for the Waitakere Ranges Conservation Network and is very active in his local Sustainable Neighbourhoods conservation activities.


David Kenkel

David was born and raised in West Auckland on the land of Te Kawerau-a-Maki. He is unreasonably passionate about the West’s landscapes of ecology, culture and history. He lives with his partner Annette and they are blessed with two children. He is committed to the notion that environmental sustainability, locally empowered community development, and social justice are inextricably linked. He has a background in social practice with people and communities. He is undertaking a PhD focused on sustainability and people in place. Email:


Christine Mitchell

Christine is an environmental advocate with over 10 years experience in local government. Previously an employee of the Auckland Regional Council, she is currently working part-time at Auckland Council delivering environmental policy and strategy for a range of projects and occupies the remainder of her time running around after two pre-schoolers. Christine loves the outdoors and is passionate about the wonderful environment that the west and wider Auckland offers. Email:


Denise Yates

Denise Yates lives in the beautiful community of Huia, in the Waitakere Rangeson the shores of the Manukau Harbour. Denise was a member of the Auckland Conservation Board for 9 years and was Chair for 6 of those. As a member of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board from the inception of the new Auckland Council, Denise was Chairperson of the inaugural Board for the first 3 year term, and is currently Deputy Chairperson. Denise is has worked in her community for many years. Email: