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.
Carla GeeOperations & HR Manager and Team Leader - Housing Initiatives
My role here at EcoMatters is Operations & HR Manager, 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: email@example.com, Ph. ext. 102
Tina IvoryAccounts 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 09 827 4997
Dr Dan DuckerResearch & Strategy Lead
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: email@example.com
Jessie JellickAdministration and Accounts Support
I am the administration and accounts support person here at EcoMatters.
Being on my own ‘eco journey’ for many years has meant that I have often taken advantage of EcoMatters' many awesome offerings.
Now it is wonderful to be part of this passionate team creating change for wellbeing and to deepen my own journey.
During summer you will find me splashing in the ocean alongside my daughter and our little dog. In the winter I will be walking the beach with the family enjoying the birdsong and peace and quiet. I also love gardening, meditation, eating out with friends, or tucking up with a good film or novel.
Lorna PainterRetail Assistant
You will find me at the EcoMatter Store. I love the daily interaction with customers and fellow EcoMatters staff as there is always something to learn from every person. Whether they are well on their way with sustainability or just taking their first step, everybody who pops into the store is helping towards an effective change and I love being part of that! I am interested in building up and widening our range of products, gathering feedback and connecting with people, so if you have any ideas or suggestions for products or crafts you would like to see in the store, please stop into the store or email me.
When I am not in the store, I love growing plants and trees which are a really big part of my life. Watching the trees change colour along the valley and different birds that come and go as the seasons change is bliss for me.
Emily Harris (ML)Team Leader - Partnerships & Events
My team creates EcoMatters' big events like EcoWest Festival and EcoDay, works with our wonderful partners, and shares with our supporters all the ways they can get involved. I also look after the Co.Starters for Causes programme where I get to support participants working through turning their ideas into impactful social enterprises. I currently work part-time and spend the rest of my time chasing after my toddler, exploring Auckland's beautiful beaches, bush and streams, and trying to grow as much of our own fruit and veggies as I can.
Myrthe BraamProject & Events Manager
I work at EcoMatters as Project & Event Manager, dividing my time over a few different projects. I am looking after the Love Your Neighbourhood campaign and I help the Homes Team with the administrative side of our Love Your Water project.
I'm also organising our annual festival EcoFest West and several smaller cycling events, like the Power Box Bike Challenge.
Working remote from Wanaka means I'm in the perfect place to spend all my spare time either hiking, trailrunning, cycling, climbing, mountaineering or paddleboarding. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah TehMarketing and Communications Lead
My job is to tell stories about how our community cares for the environment, and why. I'm often found with my nose behind a camera, and when I'm not at work I'm partial to sunny weekend bike rides and river-side reading. Email: email@example.com
Anna KaryDigital Media and Communications Coordinator
The best part of my role here is getting to share the amazing stories of all the different ways people in our community are helping the environment.
When I’m not at work, you’ll find me walking our dog, listening obsessively to podcasts, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
Melanie Hull (ML)Marketing Support
Ana DavisonEvents and Community Engagement Specialist
I am new to the EcoMatters team, working part-time organising key events like EcoHub Market Day and the Love Your Place Awards, as well as community engagement with the Whau Low Carbon Network. My background includes delivering community events for Auckland Council, and film and television production. I am a passionate West Aucklander and Laingholm local, wife and mother of two young boys. In my spare time I love gardening, yoga and being with family and friends.
Lisa BaudryGraphic Designer
I work in the marketing team here at EcoMatters and create all the visuals used to communicate what EcoMatters does. That includes everything from photography, signage, video editing, social media graphics, and design for print and web.
Brent BielbyTeam Leader - Bike Hub Initiatives
I manage the bike related activities across Auckland for EcoMatters. I love cycling... it's got to be best form of transport ever created! I enjoy being able to help out with basic bike maintenance advice, and am always happy to chat about bike stuff (like bike routes). I've been a bike commuter most of my life, and have also tried some road racing, mountain biking, and have cycled toured around NZ and Europe.
My colleague Bruce (in the middle) can be quiet and unassuming, but make no mistake...he is our spiritual leader at the Bike Hub. Stan (on the left) is a bit sheepish, but is a real dag when you get to know him!
Josca Craig-SmithCommunity Bike Mechanic
I'm usually found at the Bike Hub in New Lynn working alongside our trusty volunteers. We guide visitors through their own bicycle repairs or adjustments, help with cycling advice, get donated bikes back on the road and stock recycled bike parts.
I love helping get Aucklanders started on bikes or on the road to happier, more efficient and comfier cycling.
At home I am a proud father of two. Since 2003 I have been a bike mechanic and tinkerer with a love for retro and custom bikes. I also have a passion for classic boats, recycled wood furniture, sign painting and other crafts. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eugene DranovskiyCommunity Bike Mechanic
I manage New Lynn Bike Hub on Sundays and happy to see more and more people spending their weekends cycling around the area. I maintain my own bikes from the age of 5 and work as a Mechanic in Auckland bike stores. I like to share all my experience with our visitors and volunteers, and I am very proud when they use this knowledge to improve their lives. I believe that our team and community effort to the environment will make it healthier and more comfortable for everybody.
Outside of work, I enjoy exploring new frontiers around Auckland and New Zealand with my family.
Jackie MakasaniCoordinator - Bike Hub @ Glen Innes
I’m a Glen Innes local of 18 years and love my neighbourhood, where my five daughters have grown up.
While I trained as a motor mechanic, this is my first foray in to the cycling world and I’ve very quickly become a convert.
With the growing number of bike paths being built in Auckland, I’m looking forward to introducing the Glen Innes community to the joy, convenience and environmental benefits of riding a bike. Call past and say hello!
Meg LiptrotCommunity Garden & EcoHub Education Coordinator
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. Meg has worked at EcoMatters 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: email@example.com
Pamela GillPrincipal: Restoration, Community & Iwi Relationships
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph: (09) 826 0554
Chrissy YatesNursery Manager
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.
Mobile: 0274 810 688
Alanah MullinStream Ranger
I'm proud to have been a Stream Ranger at EcoMatters for 8 years, working alongside West Auckland neighbours restoring streamside environs together.
In my spare time I love following the Womens Professional Tennis Circuit, going to local music performances, working, swimming and yoga where possible. Email: email@example.com or phone (09) 813 2285 / 021 308 268
Melissa WardNature Team Assistant
A self confessed Nature Lover! I am at my best in the outdoors and love connecting with people and sharing my passion. I always look for ways to improve the environment - even small things like banning glad wrap in my home. I like to compost, reuse, recycle and grow my own vegetables.
Having started off as a volunteer at EcoMatters, I have now come on board to help with a few projects including Pest Free Olympic Park, the Waitahurangi Wildlink & the Albert-Eden Pest Quest - all of these projects have an emphasis on reducing pests in our local areas.
I believe that reducing pests is essential & a great way to improve our environment for the future.
Erika KuschelWeed Ranger
My work as a Weed Ranger for EcoMatters finds me scouring the foothills of the Waitākeres, searching for wild ginger and climbing asparagus. It feels good to stop the spread of these weeds in our beautiful Waitākere Ranges and work with the residents in these communities to help remove them.
I love the outdoors and meeting big fat kereru every day is the best part of my job!
Previously I worked as a Park Ranger for Auckland Regional Council in my local area of Muriwai. For relaxation I love to rest and go fishing, in between taxi-driving my two teenagers and walking my three dogs.
Sandra MacLeanWeed Ranger
Kia ora, I work in the EcoMatters Nature team as a Weed Ranger for the Bufferzone Project in Te Wao Nui o Tiriwa, aka the Waitākere Ranges. I've worked previously in species recovery, biological monitoring and stream side restoration in both Aotearoa and Scotland. I feel blessed to live in West Auckland, working to protect such a beautiful piece of bush - plus I get to stretch my legs every day with an awesome cycle to work. My downtime involves lots of bush time, cycling and botanising, so I'm in my element with this job.
Sarah Jane MurrayTeam Leader Waste & Food Initiatives
I am the Waste and Food Initiatives Team Leader here at EcoMatters. My projects include Compost Collective, Zero Waste Events, Love Food Hate Waste, Adopt-A-Resource, and the Hope Learning Centre Garden. I am extremely passionate about reducing any type of waste from ending up in landfill and do my best to encourage others to take action towards a less wasteful future for Aotearoa.
In my spare time, I love to kite surf and take my dog Chilli for walks on the beach.
Thomas PetersAssistant Manager Waste Initiatives
My role at EcoMatters involves managing the site of operations of our waste minimisation initiatives based in Avondale, otherwise known as the Resource Recovery Depot. I dabble in all of the waste minimisation projects that we run from this site: Sustainable Salons, Electronic Waste Recycling, Zero Waste Events, and Compost Collective.
I have been with the EcoMatters whanau since mid-2018, and before joining I had just finished a degree in Environmental Studies. Outside of EcoMatters, I love to get involved in volunteer climate action groups, building things out of old pallets, and immersing myself in the boundless natural beauty that NZ has to offer.
Amanda Hookham-KraftWaste Project Assistant & Schools Education Coordinator
I carry a background in Waste Wise Advisory, Regenerative development, Design and Holistic Plant medicine.
The various projects at Ecomatters allow me to share with others this diversity of skills through the platforms of education, community resilience and waste development.
Through nurturing co-operative and collaborative practices we continue to deepen our innate connections back into the living world.
Growing awareness and change together that brings holistic health for ourselves and the living world is what inspires my work on a daily basis.
I love West Auckland, practising yoga, biodynamic gardening and being a part of the regenerative development of the land at Titirangi Rudolf Steiner school where our three daughters attend.
Shannon OteneDriver & Waste Project Assistant
I have two different roles at EcoMatters, but both are for a sustainability project under the Zero Waste Team at our Rosebank Road depot in Avondale. Both roles are varied and busy, which I love as it keeps me on my toes. I’m not the type to dilly dally with tasks or jobs, rather just jump in and get stuck into it! Although I did not come into this environment with the same experiences and knowledge as many of my EcoMatters whanau, I am proud to say they have taught me so much and am eager to learn more about protecting 'to tatou aorangi ataahua' (our beautiful planet) and be more resourceful in our everyday living.
Outside of work I enjoy being active by playing sports of all types and enjoy spending quality time with my children.
Dominique CroweSustainability Advisor
I am a sustainability advisor for the Homes Team, mainly working on the Love Your Water and Homewise projects. I studied ecology at University and am really passionate about working within communities. I am thoroughly enjoying working with a group of such passionate people and working with communities to be more sustainable. When I'm not at work, you can find me outdoors hiking and taking photos along the West Coast. I am also partial to a good boardgame and frequently play Dungeons and Dragons.
Penelope BaberSustainability Advisor
My role is in the Housing Quality Initiatives Team as a sustainability advisor undertaking in-home water usage assessments and education in the Auckland area with a view to helping people reduce their water consumption and costs. I really enjoy the positive team environment at the EcoMatters office and helping people in a practical way in the community. In my spare time, I enjoy being involved in all the different sports my family play. My work background is commercial property management which actually has a lot of cross over in terms of the people contact.