South Auckland Facilitator
Kia ora tātou and greetings,
It is a privilege to be a TfS facilitator and to contribute to the amazing legacy work that is being created. I have long been passionate about the environment and try to live sustainably, so it is a pleasure to work with children and rangatahi in the hope that I can pass on even the smallest piece of knowledge or inspiration that they will take into their lives.
I have a background in marketing and teaching and have been involved with a number of environmental groups, with a particular focus on predator trapping. I enjoy tramping, swimming, cycling and the great outdoors in general.
I feel very fortunate to be part of this like minded community... schools, facilitators, landowners and sponsors and look forward to watching our environment and community flourish.
South Auckland Facilitator
I come with a wealth of knowledge working with children, having been a primary school teacher for the past 20 + years and a Lead Enviro Teacher at several schools. I have also worked as a Educator at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. I am a passionate advocate for sustainability in schools and enjoy getting outdoors and experiencing nature. I enjoy provide experiential learning opportunities for students and adults to connect nature with a head, heart and hands approach to inspire action.
Tauranga/ Western Bay of Plenty Facilitator
Ailie has a passion for plants in all their forms and functions, getting kids muddy in the outdoors and connecting communities. She has a background in horticulture, design and environmental education. She is excited to grow the Trees for Survival program and help school pupils to learn while enhancing our bush, rivers and harbours.
Eastern Bay of Plenty Facilitator
Bobbianne is a mother and an educator passionate and committed to inspiring and connecting the next generation with te taiao. She was raised locally and spent a lot of time in the bush, giving her broad māutauranga o te ngahere. Bobbianne enjoys connecting people, particularly young people, to the environment through mauri enhancement activities and the exercise of kaitiakitanga. She brings a wealth of mātauranga accumulated over years of voluntary work in kaitiakitanga of the forest, ecological biodiversity, and mauri enhancement across the Bay of Plenty.
Hi my name is Regan, I am the new facilitator for the Rotorua area. I am a Hard Materials/Enviro teacher at an intermediate school and am excited to also be involved in Trees For Survival. I am a mother, a wife, an artist, an adventurer and a keen food forest gardener. I am looking forward to learning more about enhancing our beautiful environment with Trees For Survival and working alongside local schools and promoting a love for the outdoors.
Nō Tauranga Moana ahau and I am a passionate advocate for learning about and restoring NZ's unique habitats & biodiversity. A Diploma in Environmental Management, Bachelor of Teaching and working together with some incredible local schools and restoration projects over the past 7 years has led to many memorable moments in this field for me. Getting stuck into restoration with our students and community? There's no place I'd rather be!
Phoebe Carr (Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe)
Eastern Bay of Plenty Facilitator
Phoebe is an environmental educator and social geographer from Whakatāne. She is passionate about regenerating native ecology, connecting with the local community, and facilitating spaces for people to get back in touch with te taiao.
New Plymouth Facilitator
Originally from Southern Hawkes Bay, I moved to Taranaki as a teenager to study Commercial Horticulture. My work experience predominantly in the Commercial Flower growing sector. I have 2 young Adult age children, (daughter in Wellington & son still at home). Community support work enabled my inclusion at Atawhai nursery (Vocational Trading Nursery for the IHC). Further developing my passion to grow and work with Native plants while teaching & working alongside the people we supported. Helping to empower them with their inclusion.I’m looking forward to my new role, working alongside enthusiastic children and adults alike, a fantastic Charity with great visions for the future.
South Taranaki Facilitator
Originally hailing from Southland, at the age of 30, I moved to Taranaki after the usual 3 year OE and picked up my previous career as a biosecurity officer in animal pest management for a year before being recruited into the New Zealand Police. Upon graduation I had all the best intentions of staying in South Taranaki for a year or two before moving and becoming a detective in a big centre, instead, I fell in love with and married a local lass before spending the following 18 years as a frontline Police Officer in Hawera (I wouldn’t change a thing) and father of three boys.
I am excited to be involved in Trees for Survival as it allows me to give something back to the local environment by actively participating in the restoration of natural eco-systems while also working with our local farmers, communities and, most importantly, our children and young people.
Peter is a fungal scientist (mycologist) working in Auckland for Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, a Crown Research Institute. He is also Science Team Leader for 35 science staff studying Aotearoa NZ’s fungal, bacterial, plant and invertebrate biodiversity. Staff also manage five national collections and databases of these organisms, in which are held specimens and records from throughout the country as from Pacific Island nations. Peter is active in engaging public in biodiversity awareness through assisting establishment of BioBlitz events in 2004 and annual NZ Fungal Forays in 1986. Peter encourages school students to understand fungal ecology and traditional uses, while also advocating for conservation of our threatened fungi. He leads the Environment & Science Committee at St Johns Rotary.
Bio to come
Trees for Survival Founder
We are sad to note that Noel Holyoake, the Trees for Survival Founder and Patron passed away on Saturday 4th March 2023, aged 91. Noel’s foresight and vision 33 years ago led to the founding of the Trees for Survival Charitable Trust.
In the Rotary Year 89/90, Noel became the District Governor for Auckland and the Pacific Islands. During this time Noel had the opportunity to observe many different Rotary Projects. A key focus for Rotary that year was how to preserve planet Earth. The potential of growing trees from seedlings in plant-growing units with school children excited Noel as it involved our youth and the very essential need for trees and the greening of Mother Earth.
With great support from the Rotary Club of Pakuranga, Noel created the team that developed the Trees for Survival programme in New Zealand. The aim of the programme was for children to grow native seedlings to plant on unstable land, to prevent erosion and improve stream flow and water quality, increase native biodiversity and offset carbon emissions. It was also recognized that growing and caring for native trees had significant educational outcomes.
By 2002, with 100 schools participating, some 350,000 trees had been grown and planted by school students and their communities – the value of the programme was established and the positive environmental impact clearly demonstrated. Funding for the programme came from community groups, especially Rotary Clubs, local businesses or schools themselves.
By 2010, students celebrated the achievement of a remarkable milestone by planting the one millionth tree within the programme. Since 2010, Trees for Survival impact has continued to be significant with a projected total of 2,031,000 plants since Trees for Survival’s inception.
Today, Trees for Survival has over 200 Schools participating in both the North and South Islands. School students learn horticultural skills together with an appreciation of native trees and their role in maintaining healthy environments. Parents and the wider community welcome the opportunity to become involved as volunteers by helping students and their teachers to grow plants or assisting on planting days. Trees for Survival is a genuine community partnership.
In 2023 Trees for Survival will plant 140,000 native plants on erosion prone land and along our waterways – a true testament to Noel’s inspirational legacy, which has taught thousands of children to grow, nurture and plant millions of native trees to protect our waterways and the environment.
Noel will be missed by the Team here at Trees for Survival and our heartfelt condolences go out to Noel’s wife Betty and his family.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Trees for Survival.
Rest in peace Noel
From the TFS family.