Committee

Alastair Cole

Co-Chairperson

Alastair has a wide range of Environmental, Conservation and Wildlife interests, 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, Regional Council Environmental Planning. He has been Regional Co-ordinator Manawatu–Whanganui for NZ Landcare Trust for the past four years. Alastair is Chairperson of the Manawatu Estuary Management Team, which looks after the internationally significant Manawatu Estuary Ramsar Site, a Trustee of Wildlife Foxton Trust and also is a 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 small holding, 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.


Heike Schiele

Co-Chairperson

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, the Te Apiti Manawatū Gorge Project as well as EIANZ.


Rachel Keedwell

Secretary

Rachel has lived in Palmerston North for much of the past 30 years and has always been passionate about all things environmental. A keen tramper and gardener, she appreciates the outdoors and is keen to encourage as many people as possible to value and enjoy our environment, both in Palmerston North and beyond. Rachel was originally trained as a scientist and has a PhD in Ecology. She worked for ENM as the office administrator for two years and after resigning from the job decided that she wanted to stay involved with ENM so joined the management committee. Rachel is a councillor for Horizons Regional Council for Palmerston North, and is also involved in a wide range of community groups.


Heinz Fellerhoff

Treasurer

Heinz is passionate about getting active for the environment and is keen to see more young people involved. He can be found at working bees, especially at Waitoetoe Park, and he is a regular part of the public outreach team when ENM participates in community festivals. He is also a member of the Manawatu branch of Forest and Bird. He brings his skill and experience in accountancy to the board, and his past governance experience with the Coast Guard. He also currently serves on the governing committee of Manawatu Home Budgeting Service.


Stewart Harrex

Stewart Harrex brings to ENM her considerable experience in the environment sector. She was a Green Party organiser in its formative days. She is part of Railway Land Action Group and was part of the leadership for the region's (now discontinued) highly acclaimed Harvest Festival. ENM appreciates the depth of commitment and all the knowledge she brings to the role.


Russell Poole

Russell's love of NZ nature and the outdoors goes back to childhood holidays in Te Anau where his uncle guided foreign anglers and deerstalkers on their expeditions into the Fiordland bush and his aunt experimented with bush restoration. Other influences have been an elder brother who took a leading role in setting up the tuatara breeding unit at the Southland Museum and a daughter who has done many bird monitoring contracts with DoC. Russell holds degrees from Otago University and the University of Toronto and Fellowships of the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society of New Zealand. He worked for many years in the Department of English at Massey University before finishing his career at Western University in Canada. Now in retirement he is active locally and internationally as a researcher, writer, editor and translator. He has served as chair of Green Corridors, has also assisted on revegetation projects with DoC, Forest and Bird and other groups, and has led guided walks for DoC and Forest and Bird. He is an active member of the Manawatu Tramping and Skiing Club and participates in community music as a player and committee member with the Manawatu Sinfonia.


Beth Tolley

Beth is a physiotherapist in her day job. She has been passionate about finding ways to live sustainably and in tune with the natural environment since first reading "Limits to Growth" in the early 1970's. Currently Beth is a member of the Pit Park People Inc and has been on the Management Committee of ENM since 2011, including 2 years as the Chairperson. She has four little grandchildren and is concerned about the impact climate change and loss of biodiversity will have on them. She is keen to support ENM member groups as they work to care for the local environment.


Staff

Sally Pearce

Sally is passionate about nature and the great outdoors, which can be traced back to childhood spent helping to grow vegetables, enjoying the bush, tramping and spending time on the upper reaches of rivers while her father went fishing. Living sustainably has also been a long-term priority. She has been a long time member of Forest & Bird, and coordinator of a bush restoration project in the Rangitikei. Her formal education includes completing a BA in social sciences and a post graduate diploma in International Studies (environmental endorsement). Previous work experience includes work in the health and disability sector and at the PN City Library (customer service role). Sally has worked as environmental coordinator for eight years, and has a great overview of the local environmental sector and of what ENM does. She particulary enjoys connecting people who may be able to work together, and is the staff member responsible for the development of the “biodiversity cluster”, a sub-network of biodiversity groups, to help build capacity in that area.


Madz BatachEl

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.