KAUPAPA TAIAO SPECIALIST
Jade’s mahi is ever-changing but always centred on empowering people to forge deeper connections with nature. Whether supporting mana whenua to actively fulfil their role as kaitiaki, devising pest control strategies, monitoring environmental health, or bridging the gap between scientists and communities, Jade’s mahi is to recloak Papatūānuku and leave this land healthy and thriving for future generations.
Jade has a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Environmental Science and a Masters in Environmental Science, both from the University of Canterbury. While her expertise lies largely in biosecurity, her passion is the wider field of ecology. She revels in uncovering the interconnectedness of te taiao and how its different elements form an ecosystem that needs balance and interdependency so the greater whole can thrive.
Jade has a special talent for communicating complex scientific information in a simple way, and for using creativity and visual communication to replace technical jargon.
When not working, Jade is always adventuring in the outdoors - hunting, camping, skiing, surfing and diving. She is driven by those moments of interconnection with nature, whether it be a Pīwakawaka fluttering around her or the first kōwhai tree flowering outside the window.
Her experience includes: