• Meet Vaughn Filmer, Teacher at Fiordland College

    Vaughn has been involved with the KRtK project since its launch in 2010. He has participated in a number of aspects, from putting out traps and then checking them to coordinating meetings, camp projects and subject integration at Fiordland College.

    His highlights include a trip to Auckland to meet the Air NZ Environment Trust and executives, filming for the Erin Simpson Show and seeing the students' involvement grow each year.

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  • Meet Tarn Willans, Southern Stars Early Learning Centre

    I am an Early Childhood Teacher at Southern Stars Early Learning Centre. (See also 'Who's Involved' section.)

    Being the Southern Stars Rep for the KRTK Leadership Team combines my passion for conservation (I used to work for DoC) and the environment with teaching young children, especially when I take the "Southern Adventurers" from Southern Stars onto the Kepler Track at Rainbow Reach and the Control Gates. 

    I love how the children get so excited and enthusiastic as we explore and investigate life in the Fiordland bush. What makes it even more exciting is when some of these children come back to Southern Stars and tell me that they have revisited these sites with their families!

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  • Meet Oliver Mann, Year 5 Mararoa School

    I love being part of the KRtK Leadership team. It lets me connect with our environment more, something that I enjoy.

    My favourite hobbies are camping, tramping, sailing and modelling.

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  • Meet Ellie Cockburn - Te Anau School

    My name is Ellie Cockburn. I represent Te Anau School on the Kids Restore the Kepler project.

    I live on a farm called Mount Prospect outside of Te Anau. On our farm we are doing a programme to help protect our waterways, wetlands, areas of tussock and native bush. We want to help our native animals, birds and plants.

    I like being part of the KRTK leadership team because it helps me learn about the environment and how we could protect it.

    A highlight for me being part of this project was winning a trip to check Kiwi on Centre Island. I got to search and hold some kiwi for the first time; it was hard but it was an amazing experience.

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  • Meet Jo Marsh, Education Coordinator

    Jo Marsh is a former student of Te Anau inspiring the next generation of Fiordland kids to "get stuck in" to this revolutionary restoration project. 

    With a passion for New Zealand's native fauna, Jo has spent the last 10 years working with NZ icons such as the kakapo, takahe and mohua.  Her favourite moment to-date was helping to discover a previously unknown colony of long-tailed bats on the Kepler Track Great Walk.  Jo is now thrilled to be able to pass on her knowledge and skills to the kids involved with the Kids Restore the Kepler.  She is employed part-time by the Fiordland Conservation Trust as Education Coordinator.

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  • Meet Timmy Willans, Mararoa School

    Hi, my name is Timmy Willans and I represent Mararoa School on the Kids Restore the Kepler project. I live on a farm by the Key and enjoy all sports but particularly tennis, rugby and fishing. I like going on bush walks and seeing native birds and finding native insects especially cicadas.

    I have recently been to Coal Island to help reset and change the eggs of traps. This has made me more determined to help conservation down the number of pests and up the number of birds and other creatures!

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  • Meet Ruud Kleinpaste, the 'Bugman'

    "This has to be the most inspiring project on the planet"

    Ruud Kleinpaste is dedicated to protecting our natural environment and building conservationists of the future. He says "If we are serious about restoring our New Zealand, we have to be serious about the control of introduced predators. There's no way our native animals can thrive with these carnivores sharing their habitat". He is on the Executive Committee for Kids Restore New Zealand

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  • Meet Iona Brimecombe - Fiordland College

      Hi, I'm Iona Brimecombe, a Fiordland College student.

    I chose to be involved with Kids Restore the Kepler because I enjoy being in the outdoors and I love to observe our native wildlife. I think that Kids Restore the Kepler is all about protecting our native flora and fauna in the kepler area and getting kids to appreciate the outdoors and all that's in it.

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  • Meet Sophia Humphries, Year 11 Fiordland College

    Sophia is part of the KRtK Leadership team. She has been involved with the project since Year 10, with her first involvement being to help check traps on the kids' line and to install seed fall trays.

    During the Year 10 camp Sophia took on a leadership role demonstrating trapping.

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  • Meet Nicholas Humphries, Year 13 Fiordland College

    Nicholas is now the Head Boy at Fiordland College and has been involved with the project from the very beginning.

    Nicholas, from before the project even got funding has been involved with the project from being on the leadership team, website administrator and general helper with trapping, tracking and bird monitoring. Nicholas created the website 3 years ago and has helped keep it updated since then which has included the recent website upgrade. The best thing he finds with the project is that he will be able to come back in 20 years and hopefully find kiwi running across the track and be deafened by the bird song. He is also keen to start tackling the cat problem that we have in the Kepler.

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  • Meet Blake de Bettencor - Te Anau School

    Hi, my name is Blake de Bettencor and I represent Te Anau School in the Kids Restore the Kepler project.

    I have enjoyed bush walks on the Kepler Track for as long as I can remember (and even before that, when I was a baby and too small to walk by myself my parents carried me!). I have always loved the Kepler and think it is really important to protect the special places we have in Fiordland and the rest of New Zealand.

    I love to hike, mountain bike, play soccer, swim, go boating, read, draw, paint pictures and explore the outdoors. I am also a member of the Te Anau School Green Team, our school environment team.

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  • Meet Tom McMurtrie - Te Anau School

      Hello, my name is Tom and I am in Year 5 at Te Anau School. 

    I represent Te Anau School in the Kids Restore the Kepler project and am also on the Te Anau School Green Team.  My hobbies are drawing, rugby, soccer, cricket, cubs, fishing and learning about the environment.
    My Dad works for DoC and runs a trapping programme on Fiordland Islands off the coast, and I enjoy helping him and learning about protecting the Fiordland environment.
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  • Meet Caroline Carter, DOC Ranger

    Caroline has been involved in this project from the very beginning. In 2012 she took on the role as the projects first Education Coordinator. Now back working for DOC, she believes this is the most important thing we can do right now: educate NZ children about what it takes to protect conservation values.

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  • Meet Jake Tither, Te Anau School

    I am Jake Tither and I represent Te Anau School on the Kids Restore the Kepler project.

    I live on a farm in Te Anau and I play rugby and tennis and also love playing the guitar and singing.  I have a keen interest in our environment because I love the outdoors and want to learn more about our environment and spend more time out there.  I love hiking in the local mountain areas with my Dad and think it’s really important that we look after it as much as we can. I am also a member of the Te Anau School Green Team which is our school environment team. 

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  • Meet Fiordland Kindergarten teachers

    Hi we are the team from Fiordland Kindergarten. (See also 'Who's Involved' section.)

    For five years we have been running a very successful Nature Discovery programme which focuses on children exploring and learning in nature about nature and our special place.

    We are dedicated to and very proud to be part of the Kids Restore the Kepler project as protecting and learning about our environment sits alongside our philosophy, practice and Nature Discovery programme.

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  • Meet Sid Spence, Mararoa School

    Hi, my name is Sid Spence and I represent Mararoa School on the Kids Restore The Kepler. I live at the Key and my hobbies are tennis, rugby, archery, drawing and fishing.

    I like being part of the KRTK because I would like to make the Kepler Track free of pests and full of birds and native wildlife.

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  • Meet Will Hamilton, Te Anau School

     Hi, I am Will Hamilton from Te Anau School.

    I have a leadership role in Kids Restore the Kepler because of my interests in tramping and climbing in the Fiordland National Park.

    I also like possum, rat and mouse trapping too. I love the bird song and hope to hear more of it in the bush, rather than on i phones.


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  • Meet Tina Perry, Education Coordinator

    Tina Perry is originally from the UK where she gained a BSc in Biology before qualifying as a secondary teacher. Moving to NZ in 2008, she taught Biology and Science at Aorere College in South Auckland. In 2010 she moved to Te Anau to raise her daughter Grace, now 5. She has also been a relief teacher at Fiordland College.

    With a passion for Biology, Tina is really excited about passing on her knowledge and skills to the kids involved with the KRtK project. She is currently acting as the Education Coordinator for the Fiordland Conservation Trust.

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