About us

Located at Five Cross Roads in Hamilton, the Environment Centre is a hub of community environmental education, connection and information. Our signature project is Kaivolution Food Rescue which is all about rescuing food that is good enough to eat but not good enough to sell.

How We Started

In 1993 Hamilton City Council established the Hamilton Community Environmental Programme (CEP). The Programme was based on a growing community interest in maintaining and enhancing the local environment, and in recognition of a diverse range of skills, creativity and energy that the community possesses to make things happen. The Programme flourished into a forum represented by the plethora of environmental groups and organisations which now exist in Hamilton and the wider Waikato region. In 2002 the Hamilton Environment Centre Trust was formed to continue this valuable work. In 2010 the Trust broadened its focus from Hamilton City to the greater Waikato region changing it's name to the Waikato Environment Centre Trust.
After over a decade upstairs in Ward Street, in 2014 the Trust moved to a high profile site in Peachgrove Road. The new site has enabled us to engage in new activities which support environmental well being including Kaivolution Food Rescue, E-Waste Recycling, running a Sustainable Living Retail outlet, and providing community education.

Our Mission

  • A voice for the environment;
  • A centre for learning and;
  • A catalyst for change.

Our Vision and Values

The Waikato Environment Centre is a Charitable Trust with a vision of Healthy Environments supported by thriving communities. The values of community, empowerment, inspiration and integrity are central to our work.

Staff

Sonia Fursdon

General Manager

Anna Casey-Cox

Project Coordinator

Simon Gascoigne

Kaivolution Food Coordinator / Driver
Kelli Pike

Kelli Pike

Retail & Administration

Tania Ashman

E-Waste & Recycling Coordinator

Sarah McAnallen

Marketing & TimeBank Coordinator

Tara McLaren

Kaivolution Food Coordinator / Driver

Camilla Carty - Melis

Sustainability Advisor & Environmental Educator

Trustees

Pamela Storey (Chairperson)

Pamela Storey has been trustee of the Waikato Environment Centre since 2009, holding the role of Board Chair from 2010. With a passion for energy efficiency and sustainable business practices, she has over 14 years of service in governance roles across a variety of organisations and a passion for the contribution non-profits make to the fabric of our communities. With significant executive and governance level experience and holding a number of key roles from Executive to Director to Board Chair in organisations ranging from the Waikato Environment Centre and the Dairy Womens Network, to the Council for Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership and Access HomeHealth, Pamela has led many organizations through significant change, growth and development. Pamela has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University (USA), an MBA from Reading University (UK) and is Managing Director of a Waikato-based agribusiness.

Aaron Fleming

Aaron is currently a National Manager at the Department of Internal Affairs and has been a Waikato Environment Centre trustee since 2010. He has extensive strategy and strategic relationships skills and has 8 years experience in Local Government, including as the Strategy and Research Manager for Hamilton City Council. Aaron is the author of the book Purpose, is a motivational speaker with Celebrity Speakers, has experience in television presenting, and has competed in many international Ironman triathlons. Aaron's leadership has been recognised through being a previous finalist for Young New Zealander of the Year, is the recipient of the NZ Local Hero Medal and in 2008 was selected as the New Zealand Ambassador for the Beijing Olympics. Aaron is passionate about environmental sustainability, training school teachers in environmental education in previous employment, and has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Public Policy.

Bruce Graham

Bruce has an unusual background for a trustee of an environment centre, having spent many years working in different positions within the petro-chemical industry. He considers that sustainable practices need to be at the core of both. Bruce is a strong supporter of considering the environment in a broad context. He believes the Environment Centre's role is as an enabler for other environmental groups, and a vehicle for promoting environmental initiatives. Bruce has a graduate diploma in management, is married with three adult children, and has lived in the Waikato for many years.

Katherine Hay

Since her years as a young member of Hamilton Junior Naturalist Club, Katherine has had an interest in the natural world and environmental issues.
While family were growing up she edited the monthly Community Review, a local community magazine in the Tamahere, Matangi and Newstead areas for seven years, before starting a Resource and Environmental Planning degree at Waikato University, and later becoming Manager of the Waikato Environment Centre, in 2003.
As her children matured and departed, she became involved in a range of local environmental groups, coordinating weedbusters groups in Jubilee Bush and Miropiko Reserve, and being a committee member of Waikato branch of Forest and Bird, editing their local newsletter, Tui 2000 and local cycle group Hamilton Bicycling Network. Her love of sustainable and productive gardening has been fostered through membership of the Hamilton Permaculture Trust, being a foundation trustee, and gaining a Permaculture Design Certificate.
Maureen Marra

Maureen Marra

Maureen brings both physical and social science expertise to the WEC board. Her current work is in organisational development specialising in leadership, organisational culture, engagement and change. Her focus is on helping people to be the best they can be by: being supported by capable leaders; working to their strengths; and, having their work recognised as a valuable contribution to the organisation. Maureen's academic qualifications are in the discipline of earth sciences where her PhD research was in environmental/climate change and paleoecology. These studies were underpinned by a life-long fascination of landforms and how they change. Maureen is serious about sustainability – she is keenly aware of the importance of having nature enriching peoples' lives and is fervent in advocating the responsibility we all have towards inter-generational equality.

Robert Moore - Waikato (Tainui Awhiro) Te Atiawa (Ngati Rahiri)

Robert has been a trustee of the Waikato Environment Centre since 2013. Robert co-founded the Greens on Campus at Waikato University and for his involvement and leadership with various environmental issues he was awarded the Hamilton Youth Council Recognyz Youth Enviro Award in 2010. Robert is the Social Justice Enabler at Anglican Action working across a wide range of social justice and environmental issues, including supporting Poverty Action Waikato. Robert has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Screen and Media Studies. In his spare time he enjoys getting outdoors, cycle touring, and hiking mountains.

Sam Taylor

Sam believes in the innate goodness and capability of people and gets excited by the limitless possibilities for how our world can be a better place. These values have shaped her life and led to enriching experiences in a range of environmental and social projects, organisations and campaigns. Currently Sam works for Anglican Action as the Youth Justice Team Leader, and is the Chair of the Kirikiriroa Trade Aid Board of Trustees, and a member of the Waikato Queer Youth Board of Trustees. Previous community involvement saw Sam serving as the Vice-President of Waikato Student's Union, being a Global Poverty Project Ambassador and Generation Zero Regional Coordinator. In 2014 Sam spent several months being lost in awe while walking the Te Araroa Trail. Sam first became involved in environmental issues when, at 13, she attended a Waikato Regional Council Youth Environmental Forum - her passion and commitment to ensuring the environment and community are cared for and protected has grown ever since.

Sharon Robinson

Sharon has a Bachelor in Architectural Studies, a certificate in Permaculture Design, and a National Diploma in Architectural Technology. She has spent most of the last 14 years working on architectural projects around the Waikato region, and previously served as a Trustee on the Hamilton Permaculture Trust. Linking her architecture and design background with her sustainability ideas, Sharon started her own architectural design business, to bring sustainable practice into people's lives through the quality of spaces that we spend our time in. Key to Sharon's principles are people and the environment - it's the links between these two that have the potential to make amazing things happen.

Marianna Tyler (Te Atihaunui a Paaparangi/ /Tūwharetoa)

Marianna is currently the Waste Minimisation Facilitator at Waikato Regional Council and has been a trustee at the Waikato Environment Centre since 2010. She has worked on a variety of environmental and waste initiatives in the private, public and community sectors over the past eight years. Marianna spent two years as the National Coordinator for the Community Recycling Network of Aotearoa NZ, and currently sits on the board of Para Kore Inc (Zero Waste on Marae Programme).In her role as Waste Minimisation Facilitator at Waikato Regional Council, Marianna led the strategic review and development of the Waikato Waste and Resource Efficiency Strategy and is currently tasked with implementation working collaboratively with industry, local government and community sector. Marianna believes strongly in community-led change and social enterprise models and is committed to supporting this to grow in the Waikato and New Zealand.