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Tanya Cook

Conservation and Environmental Management Tutor

I have always enjoyed being in the outdoors and learning about New Zealand’s unique environment and wildlife. At University I discovered I could study something I was always passionate about, New Zealand’s flora and fauna! I completed my Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Zoology at Massey University, specialising in freshwater ecology for my Honours.

In 2003, I was fortunate enough to get a job in my home town for Northland Regional Council, as an Environmental Monitoring Officer.

I carried out monitoring in some amazing places of Northland, including some of our unique and pristine dune lakes, and worked with landowners, iwi groups, school groups and other organisations to improve the state of our waterways. I also spent several years coordinating the state of the environment monitoring and reporting programmes.

In 2008, I secured a job as an Analyst and then a Senior Analyst for the Ministry for the Environment in Wellington. This was an amazing experience, which gave me a better understanding of the machinery of Government.

In 2012, I completed a Graduate Teaching Diploma through the University of Auckland, with the hope of it leading to a job where I could get teenagers passionate about science and the environment. But even better still, in 2013 I started tutoring at NorthTec, where I am able to pass on my passion of science to others, particularly focusing on protecting the environment and conserving wildlife.