Urban Ark – Manawa Taiao is a Charitable Trust managed by a Trust Board with 4 trustees.
Stefan Rüegg - Chair
Stefan has always been fascinated by the success of projects around New Zealand in bringing back native species. Then there was a rat in his garage and this is how it all started.
Rachel Fanshawe - Treasurer
Rachel Fanshawe is the coordinator of Kingsland Eco-Neighbours. In that capacity she is involved in rat trapping and other eco-initiatives in her local area. In her day job, Rachel is a project manager.
Siân Buley is the Pest Management Coordinator at Auckland Zoo, a role she’s been in for five years. If you go to the Zoo and see a rat, you must let her know! She is passionate about the Zoo’s mission to bring people together to build a future for wildlife and sees the control of invasive species and community action as vital in trying to protect New Zealand’s biodiversity. Siân also services bait and trap lines as a volunteer for a couple of projects in the Waitākere Ranges, where she lives.
Dr Stephen Knight-Lenihan
Stephen is a senior lecturer in environmental planning at the University of Auckland. Prior to this Stephen has worked as an environmental consultant and journalist in New Zealand, the Antarctic, Papua New Guinea and South Africa. He was involved in establishing the New Zealand Trust for Conservation Volunteers, was the inaugural cycling advocacy manager for BikeNZ, and currently co-ordinates the Lemington Reserve pest management and planting group. Stephen is also involved in groups advocating for solar power and low carbon initiatives.