Committee

Dr. 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, and the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

 

Stewart Harrex

Co-Chairperson

Stewart has been involved in Local and National environment focused action since 1991. As a local volunteer and activist in Education, Green Politics, Preserving Open Spaces, Library, Business and Professional Womens Group, Harvest Festival, PNCC working parties advising on process, to mention a few. Though law has been her main employed life interest, the natural environment is her passion. She says that we cannot leave the responsibility to preserve and maintain our natural environment and resources to Local Authorities and scientists.

The Environment Network Manawatu now having over fifty member groups is testament to growing urgency as a result of climate change and general awareness of our individual responsibility.  Having lived in the Manawatu for 46 years she appreciates the enormous contribution that the local Community Sector makes.  Active Environmentalism she says is a gift, not only to personal wellbeing but to future generations which will benefit in a tangible way from good people who actively care.

 

Richard Ram

Richard has been involved with ENM for the last couple of years and brings 20 years plus of digital and marketing experience. He’s worked at a range of big corporates locally and overseas and more recently focuses on helping local businesses navigate the new digital landscape.

He sees huge opportunities to use new and emerging digital channels to educate and motivate people to be more aware of what’s going on globally and locally and encourage people to get involved in environmental challenges in different ways. Richard is a member of the Manawatu Chamber of Commerce and is interested in the synergies between business, volunteer groups and local government.

Richard is quite good at growing vegetables and weeds. You’ll often find Richard out and about walking his dog.

 

Kendall Palmer-Frecklington

Kendall is a Palmy local who has studied and worked in the area her whole life. She has a background in auditing and achieved her Chartered Accountancy by the age of 25. She is now working in a local accounting firm helping small and medium sized businesses, as well as individuals, to achieve their goals and maximise their outputs. She is an avid animal lover and has an interest in living a sustainable life and minimising her carbon footprint.

When she is not working you will find her either curled up with a book or out and about with her two retired greyhounds who are well known as the fashion hounds of Palmerston North.
 

Nola Fox

Nola comes to ENM with many years involved in governance with not-for-profits. She is a Trustee at Wildlife Foxton Trust, holding the positions of Secretary / Treasurer and managing the day-to-day operations. After completing accounting qualifications, Nola moved into business analyst and educator roles, living in the United States for four years before returning to New Zealand to have children. At that point she got get involved in sharing her knowledge with groups such as Petone Community House and Playcentre. After living and working in Feilding, as well as volunteering with many different groups over the years, she and hubby moved to Foxton Beach in 2014, joining the Wildlife Foxton Trust to support administration and grant applications (but now also backup animal feeder, educator and bug handler).

When Nola is not working, she and her husband Graeme are travelling the countryside visiting their three adult daughters, or acting as driver support for her husband’s volunteer work as a Roller Derby referee. Spare time goes into raranga (weaving) and reading, with some computer gaming when not attending meetings.

 

Georgina Morrison

Georgina lives in the Tararua region just South of Pahiatua on a dairy farm with her husband and two children. She is currently the Executive Officer of Environment Hubs Aotearoa and an Enviroschools facilitator in both the Tararua and Palmerston North City. Georgina enjoys progressive governance and sits on the Eastern and Central Community Trust, Pahiatua School Board of Trustees, Lotteries Environment & Heritage Committee and is the Co-Chair of Pūkaha Mount Bruce.  Georgina studied at Massey University, and has predominantly worked in the environmental and not-for-profit sectors.  She is passionate about the interaction between people and nature and acknowledges the key role of tangata whenua in preserving, conserving and enhancing our environment. 

 

Isabella Ives

Isabella is a student at Palmerston North Girls High School who is active in the Sustainability Club, and is a keen advocate for student commuter cycling.  Isabella joined the ENM Management Committee in 2020 as the youth representative, and is keen to learn all she can about governance and leadership in environmental organisations. 

Staff

Madz BatachEl

Coordinator

Madz has been on the staff of ENM for a number of years in a variety of roles. In October 2019 she accepted the role of Coordinator, and is enjoying the challenge of keeping up with all the action in the network. She is the founder of Community Fruit Harvest Manawatu, and was instrumental in helping to establish the Manawatu Urban Foraging online community.  On her days off from ENM she helps to home educate 3 of her 5 children.

 

Kerry Jaques

Finance and Administration

I am an experienced accountant/administrator with a public sector background in large organisations. My career includes significant experience in the electricity and tertiary sectors; initially at the Ministry of Energy (13 years), followed by Massey University (22 years) and the Universal College of Learning (just over 5 years).

I have considerable experience in office management and administration, with technical expertise in financial management and strategic planning to a senior level. I am looking forward to utilising my experience and knowledge in my new role at Environment Network Manawatū.

Outside of work, my wife and I have three adult children all of whom are working professionally. Apart from family, my passions are the outdoors and sport. Currently, I am Chairman of Old Boys Cricket Club here in Palmerston North and manage the Premier team. 

 

Dave Mollard

Kai Security Strategy Lead, Manawatū Food Action Network

Dave Mollard  brings experience in Human Resources, Communications and Strategic Thinking to the Manawatū Food Action Network.  Dave has worked in the community sector for 10 years, as a HR manager of a charity in India, developing youth community projects in Fiji, Japan and Aotearoa and also working with Rangatahi in Palmerston North.  Dave is a kaitiaki of the Awapuni Community Gardens, he enjoys riding his motorbike and playing in the front row for the Ashhurst Stags rugby team.      

 

Lisa Christensen

Coordinator, Manawatū Food Action Network

Lisa grew up in the Manawatū and has recently returned home after crossing the motu to live for 15 years in Te Tai Rāwhiti. She is happy to be back amongst the greener hills, rain and wind. She has a background in Te Reo Māori education, home education and mahinga kai, growing food. She runs Tipu Ora seedlings, selling from the Summerhill and Hokowhitu Farmer’s Markets, and is a passionate food grower, forager and composter.

 

Ian Rasmussen

Coordinator, Southern Ruahine Kiwi Habitat Restoration

 

Helen King

Communications and Events

Helen has worked in the local community sector for over 15 years in a plethora of different roles focused on education, communications, fundraising and donations. Helen is well-known for her role as a local grants advisor and educator and enjoys training and supporting organisations in their funding endeavours. An Ashhurst resident, Helen is actively involved in local resilience organization RECAP and is an avid permaculturalist with a passion for earth care, people care, fair share and for planting more fruit trees than her section can probably handle. Helen has two children, and many other living creatures furry, feathered and winged that make her life colourful.