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.
Siân Buley - Trustee
Siân Buley is the Pest Management Coordinator at Auckland Zoo, a role she’s been in for seven 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.
Martino Di Marco - Treasurer
Martino joined Urban Ark in November 2021 and recently took up the role of treasurer. In his day job Martino is in a senior finance role in the banking sector, so we’re confident that he’s more than qualified to help keep us acting with financial prudence at all times! Outside of work Martino keeps busy with 3 young kids and enjoys running, mountain biking and generally spending time in the great outdoors. Martino wants to see native flora and fauna thrive in Auckland and across Aotearoa and is involved in the Pest Free Balmoral group.
Rachel Fanshawe - Trustee
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.