Dr. Heike Schiele
Apart from being an eternal traveller and a keen horse rider, Heike's great passion in life is water. Kei te ora te wai, kei te ora te whenua, kei te ora te tangata - if the water is healthy, the land and the people will be nourished. This vision, chosen by the Manawatū River Leaders’ Forum (MRLF), guides her in her daily actions as an individual, a community member and a business person. She loves challenging what is, changing perspectives, envisioning what could be – and last but not least, contributing to make it happen by being an active member of ENM, MRLF, Te Kāuru, and the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.
Stewart has been involved in Local and National environment focused action since 1991. As a local volunteer and activist in Education, Green Politics, Preserving Open Spaces, Library, Business and Professional Womens Group, Harvest Festival, PNCC working parties advising on process, to mention a few. Though law has been her main employed life interest, the natural environment is her passion. She says that we cannot leave the responsibility to preserve and maintain our natural environment and resources to Local Authorities and scientists.
The Environment Network Manawatu now having over fifty member groups is testament to growing urgency as a result of climate change and general awareness of our individual responsibility. Having lived in the Manawatu for 46 years she appreciates the enormous contribution that the local Community Sector makes. Active Environmentalism she says is a gift, not only to personal wellbeing but to future generations which will benefit in a tangible way from good people who actively care.
Alastair has a wide range of Environmental, Conservation and Wildlife interests and skills, all resulting from his childhood growing up on a bush property in Wellington. After completing his degree at Massey University in Environmental Science, Alastair worked in Ranger and Technical Freshwater roles with the Department of Conservation, and then took on a role with Regional Council undertaking Environmental Planning. He has been Regional Co-ordinator Manawatu–Whanganui for the New Zealand Landcare Trust since 2011, working with communities to form catchment groups and to undertake good environmental projects. Alastair is Chairperson of the Manawatu Estuary Management Team, which looks after the internationally significant Manawatu Estuary Ramsar Site, a Trustee of the Wildlife Foxton Trust and also is a previous board member of the Palmerston North City Environmental Trust.
When Alastair is not working, he spends his time with his wife and young family whilst juggling his hobbies; creation of a self sufficient smallholding, the breeding and captive management of New Zealand native geckos, the breeding of exotic waterfowl, poultry and game birds plus a touch of tramping and hunting.
Richard has been involved with ENM for the last couple of years and brings 20 years plus of digital and marketing experience. He’s worked at a range of big corporates locally and overseas and more recently focuses on helping local businesses navigate the new digital landscape.
He sees huge opportunities to use new and emerging digital channels to educate and motivate people to be more aware of what’s going on globally and locally and encourage people to get involved in environmental challenges in different ways. Richard is a member of the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce and is interested in the synergies between business, volunteer groups and local government.
Richard is quite good at growing vegetables and weeds. You’ll often find Richard out and about walking his dog.
Kendall is a Palmy local who has studied and worked in the area her whole life. She has a background in auditing and achieved her Chartered Accountancy by the age of 25. She is now working in a local accounting firm helping small and medium sized businesses, as well as individuals, to achieve their goals and maximise their outputs. She is an avid animal lover and has an interest in living a sustainable life and minimising her carbon footprint.
When she is not working you will find her either curled up with a book or out and about with her two retired greyhounds who are well known as the fashion hounds of Palmerston North.
Nola comes to ENM with many years involved in governance with not-for-profits. She is a Trustee at Wildlife Foxton Trust, holding the positions of Secretary/Treasurer and managing the day-to-day operations. After completing accounting qualifications, Nola moved into business analyst and educator roles, living in the United States for four years before returning to New Zealand to have children. At that point she got get involved in sharing her knowledge with groups such as Petone Community House and Playcentre. After living and working in Feilding, as well as volunteering with many different groups over the years, she and hubby moved to Foxton Beach in 2014, joining the Wildlife Foxton Trust to support administration and grant applications (but now also back up animal feeder, educator and bug handler).
When Nola is not working, she and her husband Graeme are travelling the countryside visiting their three adult daughters, or acting as driver support for her husband’s volunteer work as a Roller Derby referee. Spare time goes into raranga (weaving) and reading, with some computer gaming when not attending meetings.
Madz comes to ENM after a number of years immersed in family life. While raising her five children, she has been active in helping to organise and facilitate activities and communication channels for the local home school community. She is the founder and coordinator Community Fruit Harvest Manawatu, and was instrumental in helping to establish the Manawatu Urban Foraging online community. Madz is also a playing member of the community music group, Palmerston North Brass. In her down time, she loves to get outside into her garden where she has a lot of old fruit trees to reinvigorate and lawns to turn into vegetable gardens amongst an overgrown park of tree and flower gardens.
I was born and raised in New Zealand, and gained a Masters degree in Ecology at Victoria University of Wellington in 1997. My university divided it into two separate subjects, plant ecology and animal ecology, and humans were mostly not considered as part of the ecosystem. I took cloth shopping bags to the supermarket, to the puzzlement of checkout staff and other customers, and rode my bicycle to work and to the shops; this was very unusual in those days.
To me, the solution to our ecological problems lies, not in yet more scientific or technological advances, nor in individual survivalism, but in radically changing our values and the structure of our society to fit sustainably into the planet’s ecosystems. ENM is in the vanguard of this change, and I'm pleased to have worked for the organization for a few years now, first as a volunteer, and now as part-time paid Communication Coordinator.
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