Our Team


The OSOF team are passionate about protecting New Zealand’s coastal and marine environment. Our members come from a diverse range of backgrounds and share a common goal; to engage and work with local communities, groups and governing agencies to take an active role in protecting the coastal and marine environment.

 

Regional Coordination Team

Danny Rood

Danny is New Zealand born and raised and is currently based in Wellington. He studied Environmental Studies, Geology and Geography at Victoria University of Wellington, augmented by a postgraduate diploma in Science (geology). He is passionate about our natural environment, hiking and photography. Role: Regional Coordinator – Wellington Region.

Ashwathy Subramanyan

Ash studied Marine Science and statistics at the University of Auckland and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management. Her interests include social dimensions of environmental change, environmental ethics, and creative writing. Role: Regional Coordinator – Auckland Region.

 

 

Content Team

Andrea Greene Liberatore

Andrea is the Content Coordinator for OSOF and has a background in biology and environmental education. She moved to Dunedin in 2013 and fell in love with Otago’s costal environment. Andrea finds joy in sharing her passion for the natural world in interesting and creative ways, and enjoys the challenge of translating people’s interest in nature into sustainable behaviour change.

 

Social Media Team

Brittany Mathias

Brittany joins is currently completing her postgraduate studies in Marine Science at University of Auckland and has a particular interest in Marine Mammals. Brittany also enjoys walking in the Waitakere Ranges and exploring Auckland’s beaches in her spare time. Role: Social Media Team Coordinator.

Summer Hodder

Summer studied Marine science and Statistics at the Universty of Auckland, and now works as a fisheries observer on-board fishing vessels collecting fisheries data. She enjoys the small town life of Foxton Beach, surfing, kitesurfing, and horse riding. She is passionate about preserving our oceans for future generations. Role: Content Creation for SSN Campaign.

Michele Kire

Michele has a background in Māori medium teacher education. As a grandmother she is passionate about caring for our planet for the total wellbeing of future generations. She is proud of her Ngapuhi and Tainui descent and loves life in Whangarei. Role: Content Creation for PFNZ Campaign.

George William Arthur-Amohau

George has a background in media, design and education. Passionate about our environment, George is an advocate for all things plastic-free. Role: Content Creation for PFNZ Campaign.

India Merrick

India studied Marine Sciences at the University of Auckland, and is currently working on a MSc on methodology for Marine Protected Areas establishment. India enjoy diving, traveling, and reading in her spare time. Role: Content Creation for SSN Campaign.

Elvisa Robb

Elvisa studied Marine Science and Media Studies in Tauranga and Wellington. She is passionate about science communication. Elvisa loves scuba diving and enjoys observing all marine life; all of which she hopes future generations will get to experience. Role: Content Creation for NZMR Campaign.

Prem Kerai

Prem has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological and Marine Science, currently finishing his last year of PGDip in Environmental Science. He is passionate about conserving the environment for the future generations. Role: Content creation for MMR Campaign. Role: Content Creation for NZMR Campaign.

Rachel Simento

Rachel studied Marine Science and Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, and has just finished a Postgraduate Diploma in Marine Science. Rachel’s interests include spending time at the beach, and doing coastal walks. Role: Content Creation for PFNZ Campaign.

Rikki Taylor

Rikki studied Marine Science and Statistics and is currently working on her Masters in Marine Science at the University of Auckland. She is passionate about the meeting of conservation and industry for a sustainable fisheries in New Zealand. Rikki’s interests include, diving, spending time at the beach and travel. Role: Content Creation for SSN Campaign.
 

Leadership Roles – Is this you?

As part of the OSOF core team, you will be responsible for leading and coordinating environmental education and conservation events, projects, and managing volunteers within your region.You will have a tertiary qualification/s in environmental management or science, with a knowledge of New Zealand environmental conservation issues and environment.

View the volunteer role description.

Support Roles – Is this you?

As part of the OSOF support team, you will be helping our core members in various support roles based on your relevent experience. You will have a tertiary qualification/s or industry experience, with a knowledge of New Zealand environmental conservation issues and environment.

View the volunteer role description.