The success of PFHB hinges on the strength of its governance and project management teams. We’re fortunate to have a dedicated group of people supporting the vision of restoring native species to Hawke’s Bay.
Three different types of groups are responsible for overseeing the projects: governance, project management and delivery, and community advisory.
The project management groups are responsible for the day-to-day coordination and implementation of the projects. In addition to working towards the vision and goals, these teams oversees milestone delivery and reporting, financial management, and health and safety.
Interested in learning more about what we’ve accomplished? Check out the project reports.
Cape to City and Poutiri Ao ō Tāne each have a separate community advisory group. These groups provide a broader perspective on potential project opportunities and/or issues. In doing so, community advisory groups support both projects and ensure their relevance to the community. Being a smaller community, Whakatipu Māhia does not need a Community Advisory group as the community is well represented in the Governance and Project management teams
If you’re interested in getting involved with Predator Free Hawke’s Bay, get in touch.
'If we are serious about our operating space (the Planet) then we need to ensure that the younger generation are trained to become science and nature literate.' - Ruud Kleinpaste
We're passionate about returning all of our native species to Hawke's Bay, starting from the soil up! So it's fitting that none other than 'The Bugman', Ruud Kleinpaste, is Cape to City's official project ambassador.
Author, lecturer, radio show presenter and former television host, Ruud is a tireless champion for ecology and conservation across New Zealand. A whole generation of Kiwis grew up listening to 'Ruud's Awakening' and watching him on 'Maggie's Garden Show', 'What Now' and 'Buggin' With Ruud', where he shared his boundless enthusiasm for bugs, birds and our environment. More recently, Ruud has been actively involved in supporting environmental education projects from Fiordland to the Bay of Islands, encouraging Kiwis to take part in citizen science and learn more about the world around them.
In addition to Cape to City, Ruud is a respected trustee of several restoration projects such as Project Crimson, Kiwis for Kiwi and the Air New Zealand Environment Trust. He also serves as a patron for the Little Barrier Island Supporters Trust, the National Wetland Trust, Trees for Survival, the Southland Community Environment Trust and Wingspan.
Ruud loves getting hands-on with the Cape to City project when he's in the Bay, so keep an eye out for 'The Bugman'!
PFHB governance team consists of nine key members representing partner organisations, iwi, and the farming community. This group oversees the direction of these projects and provides guidance towards achieving the projects objectives.
Bruce has farmed sheep and cattle with family for the last 10 years on the hills north of Napier and runs a small on-farm tourist business. Between 2011 and 2014 he was National President of Federated Farmers NZ, and the three years prior to this was the Chair of Federated Farmers’ Meat & Fibre section. In 2008 he won the Hawke’s Bay Farm Environmental award. He is Chair of the NZ Poplar & Willow Research Trust, Chair of the East Coast region Ballance Farm Environmental Awards, and a trustee for the Todd Foundation and for Motu Research.
Tania Hopmans brings to the governance group her analytical, strategic planning, project management and communication skills, as well as her experience from both previous and current roles as a commercial solicitor (in New Zealand and overseas), lead negotiator, general manager and member of various governance boards in Hawke's Bay. Tania’s strong connection to Maungaharuru Tangitū and established networks in Hawke’s Bay, particularly amongst local iwi groups, are also of great value and benefit.
In 2015 Charles retired from Victoria University of Wellington, where he was Professor of Ecology and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research). During 33 years at Victoria, Charles taught and undertook research on the evolutionary biology of vertebrates, conservation genetics, and ecological restoration. He served as Director of the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology & Evolution, a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence, from 2009 – 2012. Charles has over 150 scientific publications and was awarded an ONZM for Services to Conservation and Biology. As a new resident of Hawke’s Bay in 2016, Charles chaired the Implementation Planning Group for the Hawke’s Bay Biodiversity Strategy 2015 -2050. The best part of the role was making many new friends and learning about the vibrant, committed Hawke’s Bay conservation community.
Reg is currently the Director Operations for the Lower North Island for the Department of Conservation (DOC). The role stretches from East Cape to Wellington (including the Kapiti Coast, Wairarapa, Manawatu, Hawke’s Bay, and East Coast districts). Prior to this Reg has had different roles in DOC and its predecessor the NZ Forest Service, including managing Nelson Lakes National Park, Operations Manager at Hokitika, and more recently Area Manager of Fiordland.
Andrea’s research interests lie in the ecology of multiple invasive mammal species in New Zealand, and how they interact with other drivers of global change (such as climate and land use change) to damage native flora and fauna. She has worked on similar issues in Australia and Africa. Andrea completed an honours degree at the University of Otago on the genetics of freshwater copepods and a PhD at the University of British Columbia in Canada where she investigated the ecology of Arctic ground squirrels. Back in New Zealand, she completed a postdoc on the ecology of ferrets in braided riverbed ecosystems before being employed as an ecologist by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. Prior to taking up her role as BioHeritage Challenge Director in 2015, Andrea managed Manaaki Whenua’s invasive species research portfolio. She is an Associate Investigator in the Te Pūnaha Matatini Centre of Research Excellence, collaborating on projects that look at the role of citizen science in invasive species management and the biodiversity outcomes of major pest control regimes in New Zealand.
Andy is Managing Director and owner of Lowe Corporation Limited, a meat by-products processor based in Hawke’s Bay that owns and has operated plants throughout New Zealand for 50 years with annual turnover in excess of $100 million. Andy is the initiator and ‘vision keeper’ behind Cape Sanctuary, the largest privately funded mainland wildlife preserve in New Zealand. Andy’s other conservation projects include part ownership of pest-free Puangiangi Island in the Cook Strait, and trustee of the Hollyford Conservation Trust in Fiordland.
The Integrated Catchment Management Group is the largest Group in the Regional Council and includes the science, land management and resource consents teams. Integrated Catchment Management is a process, which recognises that everything that happens within a catchment is linked. The aim is to integrate the Regional Council’s activities and those of others working within the catchment to achieve overall outcomes. Iain joined the Regional Council in 2011. Iain has been working in the management of freshwater resources for over 25 years. He has worked with Nelson’s Cawthron Institute as a Senior Freshwater Ecologist, a Regional Manager with Fish and Game New Zealand and the Department of Conservation.
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