• 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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  • 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 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 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 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 Sanjay Thakur, DOC Ranger

    Sanjay Thakur has been working as a biodiversity ranger for DOC in Te Anau since 2006. Most of his time has been spent working on a range of ecosystem restoration projects, including the Murchison Mountains Takahe Area and Secretary and Resolution Islands. Sanjay feels very grateful for the opportunities he has had to learn from knowledgeable and passionate conservationists and is excited about the Kids Restore the Kepler Project now offering him an opportunity to share what he has learned with young budding conservationists.

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  • Meet Kento Frew, Year 9 Fiordland College

    Kento is a member of the KRtK Leadership team. He has been involved in the project since Year 7 and is a frequent participant on Line 7 trap checks. He has completed tracking tunnel surveys in the rat block and possum browse surveys.

    Kento was rewarded for his hard work on the project with a helicopter flight to Anchor Island in Dusky Sound.

    Kento's favourite part of the project is getting into the bush checking traps.

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  • Meet Sean Dougherty, Year 13 Fiordland College

    Sean is the newest representative from Fiordland College on the KRtK Leadership team. He is Deputy Head Boy and the Student Rep. on the College's Board of Trustees.

    Sean has been involved with the project since it started. He was a part of the bird monitoring group during the KRtK launch week. On the trip to meet the Air NZ Environment Trust and executives in Auckland, Sean represented Fiordland College. He took part in a 5 minute bird count course, continued his involvement by putting out traps with Venturers, and as a result of his enthusiasm, helped also with the Pomona Island Trust trapping.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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