WWF-New Zealand introduces new Kaihautū Taiao/Environmental Science Director Dr. Aroha Spinks | WWF New Zealand

WWF-New Zealand introduces new Kaihautū Taiao/Environmental Science Director Dr. Aroha Spinks

Posted on
18 September 2019
WWF-New Zealand CEO Livia Esterhazy is thrilled to announce Dr. Aroha Spinks has been appointed to the newly created role of Kaihautū Taiao/Environmental Science Director.

Based in Ōtaki and of Ngāti Raukawa descent, Dr. Spinks brings a strong background in environmental science, research, management and governance to the organisation. “When you think of the qualities of your dream candidate, it’s not often you can check every box and then a few more. Aroha is exactly the person we need to take us into the next stage of work here at WWF-New Zealand."

“Our past six months have been all about transition. We have restructured to re-prioritise knowledge in our organisation. Aroha’s professional background, academic qualifications management experience and knowledge of mātauranga Maori make her the perfect person to lead our environmental science team."  

Dr. Spinks says she will take a holistic approach to the role. “Māori and the environment are inextricably linked, woven together like harakeke. I believe the most effective methods of conservation combine indigenous knowledge and traditional management with cutting-edge science and technology. Working with people rather than just for people has always been my goal and a factor in what attracted me to the Kaihautū Taiao role, as we focus on a world where people and nature can both thrive."

Ms. Esterhazy says, “If we work together, we can lessen the impacts of climate change, protect our natural environment and create a future where people are living in harmony with nature. With Aroha on our team, our transition is now complete and we can move forward confident that we have the balance of science and knowledge required to respond to the urgent needs facing our environment right now."

Dr. Spinks began her role on Monday, 16 September 2019.

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