Auckland gains new Field Coordinators

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Trees for Survival is delighted to welcome two new Field Coordinators to the Auckland region.

Mindy Greenwood

Mindy Greenwood will take over from Dianne Patterson at the beginning of term 2, with responsibility for the southern area schools, while Michelle Swanepoel will replace Kirsty Hardie-Boys in the northern area.

Roger Milne, National Manager, says, “This change means we farewell two long-serving people; Dianne has been with Trees for Survival since 2009, and Kirsty joined in 2012. Both have left a legacy of devotion to the programme which will be hard to match. It is a testament to them, that both are keen to ensure Mindy and Michelle are well-briefed and introduced into their new roles for Term 2. The Trustees and management thank Dianne and Kirsty, and wish them well in their new endeavours.”

Mindy has a varied background, from working with children in remote indigenous communities in central and northern Australia, to studying small mammal ecology in the highlands of northern Borneo. She has an honours degree in Environmental Science, and experience in project management, coordination and stakeholder liaison.

She left work to start a family in 2012, and is now excited to be returning to work. Mindy will be available on Thursdays and Fridays, and other days by arrangement.

Michelle Swanepoel

Michelle’s past experience includes working with schools in South Africa where she hails from, as well as in New Zealand. With a qualification in Public Relations, she has also worked in media, FMCG and eventing. She says, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to represent the Trees for Survival programme to our schools and the many learning opportunities it brings. The chance to provide that environmental focus to the next generation is such a privilege.”

She has loved nature as long as she can remember and her first project at their home in West Harbour was to plant an embankment of native trees to extend the green belt situated alongside their property. Two of her three children are at Whenuapai School in Years 4 and 7, and her 3-year old, spends some time at Whenuapai Kindergarten.

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