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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.
The step from year 12 to here (level 2 to level 5) is a challenge in self-discipline, but I’m so much more motivated...
“I went overseas with my family, and by seeing the extent of what needs to be done, I renewed and deepened my interest in conservation. I realised this was what I want to do and I was keen to start on that journey as soon as possible. By doing the certificate here straight from year 12, I kick-start my career a year earlier, it’s cheaper and more practical than uni, and I’ll have my degree by the time I’m 19.”
“The step from year 12 to here (level 2 to level 5) is a challenge in self-discipline, but I’m so much more motivated to learn. I also love that we have a small class with direct access to the tutors.”
“I’m from Waipu, so it also means we’re learning about our own region. Already I have a new-found appreciation for the inter-connectedness of the environment.”
“I know I want to be part of the change on the planet and I’m keen to travel more with my knowledge. I don’t have long term plan yet, but I know I’m in the right field, that this is what I want to learn, and that opportunities will present themselves as I go on.”