Kristel van Houte
Leading the Karioi Project on all fronts, from behind her laptop to the top of the mountain, Kristel is a trained marine ecologist passionate about sharing her love for nature. Kristel has taken her experience in biology, conservation and education in Kenya and Samoa to her home in Whaingaroa, where she started A Rocha New Zealand and the Karioi project. Kristel is a keen surfer and active mum who‘s always up for an adventure.
Volunteer & Advocacy Coordinator and Seabird Ranger
Enthusiastic in the outdoors and a gem in the kitchen, skilled communicator and educator Bexie brings her varied skills and passion for community to the project since 2011. When she’s not supporting our volunteers to get trapping up the mountain or keeping tabs on our seabird population, she’s teaching yoga to all ages, walking her dog or hanging out with the people she loves.
We love Nic’s bright smile and enthusiasm for bird life and bush walks. And trapping predators is Nic’s forte. Nic left Waitakere to settle in Whaingaroa/Raglan a few years ago and has jumped in boots and all. Her creative, nurturing and generous enthusiasm helps keep us on track. When not catching stoats, Nic is an active mum, enthusiastic photographer, and keen tramper. Nic launched our Backyard Hub programme, and now spends more time poking her nose into seabird burrows.
Karioi Biodiversity Ranger & Manaaki Ao Outdoor Classroom Coordinator
Ranger Dunc - innovative and passionate - Ranger Dunc loves the maunga about as much as he loves surfing and our magnificent coastline too. Duncan is all about getting the job done. Supporting our amazing team of staff and volunteers to be the best we can be. He is also passionate about education, reducing waste and being a great mentor to our young enterprising students. When he's not on the mountain, Duncan is a pro at glassing surfboards and loves eating - especially pizza and cake!
Manaaki Ao Outdoor Classroom Leader
A people person with a big voice and a big heart. Annie’s outdoor instructor background and occupational therapy experience brings a unique perspective to her educational role. She is one of the key drivers behind the Maanaki Ao Earthcare program at Raglan Area School. A keen paddle boarder, gardener, and energetic mum, Annie loves to get messy on the job.
Karioi Kids & Rangers & After School Programme Coordinator
Amber’s love of life shines through in all she does. While working on the Karioi Project she easily balances children’s learning while maintaining the fun factor. She’s quick with a smile to assure even the most timid child that they are heard, supported and welcome. When not teaching for Karioi, Amber is a qualified early childhood educator which explains her incredible patience and care. Her off-the-clock fun includes being a professional massage therapist, lover of live music, mountain biker and a keen surfer.
Anne’s love of nature and children shines through in all she does. She is an experienced outdoor instructor, who loves to help children step out of their comfort zone and try new things; whether it’s caving, canyoning, rock climbing, or just building a hut in the bush, Anne’s patient and warm nature helps even the most timid child blossom. Off the clock Anne is a wizard in the kitchen, a keen surfer and climber, a devoted mom, and she loves singing and playing her piano.
Val’s dynamic personality and big “hugs” create a warm welcome to anyone that meets her. Val’s passion for outdoor education started at the age of 8 when on a school trip in Canada, her native country, a black-capped chickadee rested on her hands to eat seeds. This is the kind of outdoor educational experience (and much more), Val has offered to others over the last 20 years! Val is also an avid kayaker, SUPer, hiker and climber and when she’s not travelling around the globe playing and teaching she’s here teaching our Karioi Kids.
Karioi Backyard Hub Programme Coordinator
Anna’s been part of Raglan’s environmental network for many years. From the UK, she studied Ecology and Environmental Management and worked in the corporate world. Anna is an experienced entrepreneur who drives change at the community level. She now brings all this energy, skill, experience, and, most importantly, her intelligent optimism to the Karioi Project - heading up the Backyard Hub programme. When Anna’s not meeting people in their backyard, she enjoys gardening, reading a good book, going on adventures and is an alchemist in her off the grid tiny kitchen.