Committee

Stewart Harrex

Chairperson

Stewart has been involved in local and national environment focused action since 1991.

She has worked as a local volunteer and activist in education, Green politics, preserving open spaces, libraries, business and professional women’s groups, the Manawatū Harvest Festival and  PNCC working parties advising on processes to name a few choice things. 

Though Law has been her main employed life interest, the natural environment is her passion. Stewart feels that we cannot leave the responsibility to preserve and maintain our natural environment, species and resources to “others”.  

Environment Network Manawatū now having over 60 member groups is a testament to the recognition of individual responsibility and growing urgency as a result of climate change.  Having lived in the Manawatū for 46 years as an activist, she appreciates the enormous contribution that the local community sector working in collaboration can make.  Active environmentalism Stewart maintains, is not only good for personal wellbeing, but is a tangible gift to future generations.

 

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 Manawatū 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.

 

Selwyn Yorke

Selwyn is a science impact consultant from the city but dreams of the natural environment and what it could be for us all; a dream, an escape and perhaps a business. After a chance meeting at the golf club he was thrust into a role with Green Corridors Palmerston North and from there evolved into the committees for PNCET and Environment Network Manawatū The ambitions around “reforesting” the local stream banks and gullies and enabling public access through the GCPN Range to River philosophy and thence to the Source to Sea plan for improving the mauri of the Manawatū River sees Selwyn looking to have a busy few years ahead. Selwyn is occasionally seen struggling around the local trails in his running shoes or on his mountain bike.

 

Susana Figlioli

Susana is a trained commercial legal counsel with more than ten years of experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina, oriented to entrepreneurs, small businesses and for-purpose organisations, especially in the community, arts and sustainability sectors. Since 2018 she has called Palmy home and currently works for Palmerston North City Council. Susana’s interest in community initiatives and sustainability led her and others to (re)activate Green Drinks Palmerston North in an effort to help cultivate environmental awareness, learn about good projects happening in the region and share a pleasant communication with interesting people.  She is an avid tramper and camper and is enjoying the opportunity of being part of the ENM Management committee and  playing a part in enabling and empowering the sector and broader community to  move  towards the shared goal of a greener future.   

Ellieda Komene

Ellieda is of Ngāpuhi descent and was born and raised in the Waikato. She has a background in tertiary education, social services, health and local government sectors and is now working in a local law firm in the Manawatū.  She is passionate about social and environmental causes and enjoys engaging with people from all walks of life.

In her spare time, you will find her hiking, taking part in community activities, playing golf, spending time in the garden and exploring the Manawatū-Whanganui region.

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

Kerry is an experienced accountant/administrator with a public sector background in large organisations. His career has included 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).

He has considerable experience in office management and administration, with technical expertise in financial management and strategic planning to a senior level. Kerry is enjoying utilising his experience and knowledge in his role at Environment Network Manawatū.

Outside of work, Kerry and his wife have three adult children all of whom are working professionally. Apart from family, his passions are the outdoors and sport. Currently he is Chairman of Old Boys Cricket Club  in Palmerston North and manages the Premier team. 

 

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 here local community, 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.

 

Sumeet Kaushal

Workflows and Systems Development

Sumeet is a passionate and focused business analyst with strong analytical and technical skills supporting business needs and process mapping for improving existing and introducing new processes. He is also competent at identifying, validating, and documenting business requirements and transforming them into successful technical solutions. Sumeet has had previous expereince working  with Mid District Health Board and Sime Darby Commercial NZ Limited as a Business Analyst.

 

Dave Mollard

Kai Security Project Manager, 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.      

 

Daniel Morrimire (Morri)

Coordinator, Manawatū Food Action Network

Morri has a diverse background, previously having worked as an avionics technician in the Royal New Zealand Air Force for 7 years before he took up study at Massey University. He has a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Zoology and Ecology as well as a Diploma of Teaching. Morri is a fully registered teacher and spent the last 4 years teaching at a local Montessori early childhood centre. Morri has links with Kura Kaupapa Māori o Manawatū and has a conversational level of fluency in Te Reo Māori thanks to his involvement there as well as having completed two courses through Te Wananga o Aotearoa. He has dreams of one day being self-sufficient, with a developing fruit forest, a small orchard and an expanding series of raised gardens. He lives rurally with his wife and 4 tamariki.

 

Nelson Harper

Coordinator, Manawatū River Source to Sea.

Nelson is passionate about working with waste and making connections in the environmental sector. He has a very wide range of industry exposure and experience, having worked in healthcare, construction, horticulture, conservation, food & beverage and small business.  Nelson has a Bachelor with Honors in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, a Diploma in Applied Science and a Certificate in Horticulture. This has led him to sit on committees for Young Chamber Manawatu, Engineering New Zealand, Young Engineers, and the student engineering association (TECHENSOC), while getting involved in the entrepreneurial community. In his free time he loves and working on business start-ups, and getting in to his garden alongside his cat and chickens.

 

Ian Rasmussen

Coordinator, Southern Ruahine Kiwi Habitat Restoration Project

Ian lives in Pohangina and is passionate about and actively involved in predator control within his role through ENM but also within the Ashhurst and Pohangina area where he is involved in the RECAP predator control project.

 

Nina Ryan

Trapper, Southern Ruahine Kiwi Habitat Restoration Project

Nina is passionate about conservation, organic living and in her spare time runs ultra-trails and mountain races. She has valuable, eclectic experience in the New Zealand bush and describes her role as ‘my dream job’. Nina has four active outdoorsy kids and a supportive partner.

 

Cat McNabb

Trainee Project Activator, Southern Ruahine Kiwi Habitat Restoration Project

Cat is deeply passionate about conservation and working towards a predator free NZ. She has a Bachelor of Science with a major in Zoology, that she moved to Palmerston North to complete from Wellington. Cat lives locally with her 3 children, many animals and her husband. In her spare time enjoys camping, tramping and  bushwalks with her family, exploring the region and walking her two dogs.