Based in Auckland’s North, Kaipātiki Project is an innovative EcoHub, growing a sustainable future for people and nature. 

We do this by empowering people, inspiring connection with nature and enabling sustainable living.

Along with our regular volunteers, we run a thriving native plant nursery, facilitate forest, stream & estuary regeneration, and promote zero waste and local food initiatives.

2022 Kaipatiki Project Strategy wheel

Our Values
We seek to encourage and uplift all those we welcome and work with.
We nurture relationships and reciprocal connections that build belonging to community and place.
We continue to develop shared caring for and responsibility to our local places.

Our Culture & Practice
• Honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi
• Embrace Te Ao Māori & Mātauranga Māori
• Seek authenticity of local place
• Act with transparency
• Lifelong learning for sustainability
• World-class thinking and delivery
• Drive systemic change
• Team and volunteers’ contribution valued & recognised

Our executive team is small in number but large in impact. View our Annual Report.

Board Members
Charmaine Bailie

Charmaine grew up just down the road from the Kaipātiki Project centre and has been involved with Kaipātiki Project since 2000 in many different roles. Charmaine is also a Director of Uru Whaakaro Ltd - a natural heritage company and the Winner in Te Toa Taiao o Te Tau / the Environmental Hero of the Year 2022. 

Cerasela Stancu
Deputy Chairperson

Cerasela joined the Board in October 2016. She has had senior roles in environmental NGOs in her native Romania and in Hungary. Here in New Zealand she has led sustainability management programmes at Fonterra and Landcare Research and is now a consultant sustainability strategist.

Nigel Green
Board Member

Nigel joined the Board in October 2018. He has worked as a Manager in the Social Profit sector since 1993. He has a broad experience in all aspects of management with a particular focus on developing and supporting community.

Jenny Chilcott
Board Member

Jenny has been on the Board since July 2016. Her background is in community engagement & development, and she also worked at Waitakere City Council as a Strategic Advisor on Project Twin Streams.

Hilary Chidlow
Board Member

Hilary joined the Board in October 2018. She has over 22 years’ experience as Manager Education for Sustainability at Auckland Council.

Ben Sheeran
Board Member

Ben is an experienced resource management policy planner, environmental economist and project manager. He brings over 15 years experience in the practical application of sustainability and is actively involved in local community conservation.

Louise Young
Board Member

Louise is a public health professional by day and a sustainability enthusiast by heart. Her particular interest is food security and active transport, and has a background in contract management, funding negotiations, project management and some marketing.

Our Team
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Janet Cole
Kaihautū | Chief Executive

Leading the team since January 2016, Janet has worked at Council, in the community and as a consultant. Although residing in her beloved western beaches, she has ‘come home’ to Kaipātiki (Janet grew up in Beach Haven) where she is excited to be supporting the team to address the biodiversity and climate crisis.

Contact Janet here

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Derek Craig
Regenerative Environments Lead

Derek joined the team in May 2016 and admits he is a lucky chap to have a full-time job that represents his passion and uses all his training. Derek’s main responsibilities are to manage plant production in the nursery and work with our volunteers. His advice and support to community groups and individuals is highly sought after.

Contact Derek here.

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Joanne Kyriazopoulos
Funding & Impact Lead

Joining the team in June 2019 Joanne is keen to identify, analyse and action opportunities for organisational growth, and communicate the positive impacts Kaipātiki Project’s activities deliver across the community. She enjoys applying creative thinking to the workplace and building strong partnerships between our organisation and our funders.

Contact Joanne here.

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Blanka Ros
Communications & Engagement Lead

Blanka joined the team in July 2019, and brings 20 years of marketing experience with several of New Zealand’s leading companies. As an enthusiastic brand champion, Blanka is responsible for brand and marketing strategy, and will continue to celebrate Kaipātiki Project through authentic stories of our achievements, vision and values.

Contact Blanka here.

Sarah Colin
Sarah Colin
Finance & Operations Lead

Passionate about soil health and food security, Sarah joined the team in September 2023 after 12 years of corporate career around data-informed decision making and finance. She looks forward to helping improve processes and contributing towards supercharging the team's impact.  

Contact Sarah here.

Robyn Forryan
Robyn Forryan
Sustainable Living Lead & Para Kore Zero Waste Activator

Robyn is a North Shore local and is passionate about zero waste initiatives. In addition to being part of our team, Robyn also teaches business and project management at Te Wananga o Aotearoa based at the YMCA Akoranga and is a part-time info centre staffer for Kainga Ora’s Northcote information centre.

Contact Robyn here.

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Neil Henderson
Kaiwhakahaere Taiao | Restoration Activator

After working in restoration in the Waitakere Ranges and the Whau River Catchment for over a decade, Neil joined our team in November 2018. As project manager for Weed Free Trust, Neil developed many useful tools and educational materials to assist private property owners as well as volunteers working on public land.

Contact Neil here.

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Anna Shaw
Operations & Engagement Administrator

Anna worked as a volunteer in the Kaipātiki Project nursery for 18 months before joining the team in August 2017. Originally from Sweden, she has lived in Glenfield for the past 13 years with her Kiwi husband and two daughters. Anna manages a comprehensive Compost Collective digital platform to ensure our courses are well promoted and attended.

Contact Anna here.

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Crystal Aston
Nursery Assistant

Previously one of our longest-serving and most treasured volunteers, Crystal is now on the payroll part-time, doing what she does best; tending to plant health in our Birkdale nursery, and assisting volunteers with disabilities to be part of the team.

Contact Crystal here.

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Judith Rosamund
Teaching Garden Coordinator

Judith has joined the team to coordinate and develop our teaching garden, as well as to establish a community composting hub at Hobsonville site. Judith also teaches a zero waste program in pre-schools and is passionate about getting people growing food in their backyards and communities, growing her own food forest in her backyard. 

Contact Judith here.

Maria Valkova
Restoration Group Co-Ordinator

Maria joined the team in July 2021, following a stint in restoration volunteering. Maria has MsD in Ecology, and was doing research on dynamics of the karst cave geosystems in Bulgaria, her home country. Now her interest focuses in native New Zealand forest and riparian zones and their conservation. 

Contact Maria here.

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Waiata Rameka-Tupe
Kaiāwhina ō Rongo Teaching Garden

Passionate about the wellbeing and protection of our people and Earth, and with 4 years in Para Kore and Zero Waste activation, Waiata worked alongside Auckland communities to reduce waste and inspire conscious connection with our environment from Te Ao Māori perspective. Waiata hopes to grow her knowledge in food gardens and to share and connect with our community and the Earth.

Contact Waiata here.

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Dan de Klerk
Digital Communications & Event Facilitator

Joining the team in 2021, Dan has spent the last 9 years practicing and teaching Permaculture. He is passionate about social and environmental transformation and is excited to be using his skills in communication to share the amazing stories of the Kaipatiki Project's impact.

Contact Dan here.

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Natahma Judd
EcoHub Co-Ordinator

Natahma is our Eco Hub Coordinator, as well as working on other sustainability projects. Natahma is passionate about protecting and regenerating our natural environment, working together as a community, and living sustainably.

Contact Natahma here.

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Elim Ahlers
Kaitakawāenga Hāpori | Community Activator

Elim joined team in 2023, following their previous work in the mental health, addictions & tertiary education sectors. With a passion for community centred initiatives, they utilise ecosystems thinking to craft bridges that nurture a sense of curiosity, joy and shared responsibility with te taiao. 

Outside of work, Elim can be found running, paddleboarding, or subjecting their flatmates to their love of opera.

Contact Elim here.

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Samantha Penman
Education for Sustainability Facilitator

Samantha joined us in 2023 and brings 20 years of experience as an educator in the classroom and outdoors.  When Samantha is not facilitating an awesome education experience, you can find her with a pair of gardening gloves on or playing board games with her children. 

Contact Samantha here.

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Nicola Guthrie
Regeneration Nursery Grower

Nicola joined the team in March 2024. She works in both the Eskdale Nursery and the Hobsonville Nursery alongside Derek, Crystal, and the volunteers. Her role is to assist in growing strong native plants that help the regeneration of local areas. Nicola has a background in horticulture and permaculture and has an interest in biodynamics. She has been a Beach Haven local for many years enjoying the amazing environment that the Kaipātiki region has to offer.


Contact Nicola here.