I first became involved in Kiwi North, or as it was then The Whangarei Museum, Kiwi House and Heritage Park, as volunteer in 2001. From there my role here evolved through many different stages to what it is today. This very special place has a way of becoming a long term part of people’s lives, and I have seen many changes and very positive growth over that time.
My role here is to manage the day to day running of the organisation, the visitor services, marketing, events, our community relationships and, most of all, to look after our amazing team and help them to be the best they can possibly be.
Outside of Kiwi North my time is spent with my family and my 3 grandchildren, the occasional long walk or a good book.
Hei kona mai
Director- Finance and Strategy
F.O.H / Husbandry
I started at Kiwi North as a volunteer in 2016 and am now a member of the Husbandry and Visitor Services team.
These roles combine my passion for New Zealand wildlife with my Veterinary Nursing skills and Retail experience. I enjoy meeting and talking with our visitors, sharing stories and learning from them.
In my spare time I’m a bit of a Rockhound and enjoy photography and hiking. I am also busy replanting the native bush on my lifestyle block.
Kia ora kotou,
I come from Dunedin where I completed my MA in Archaeology, but am enjoying the transition to Northland life! From handling 40,000 year old stone artefacts from Papua New Guinea to investigating the excavation history of a remarkable Māori collection at Canterbury Museum my passion has developed into making the extraordinary stories and items from our past more available to our everyday lives.
Luckily enough, my role involves curating our core displays and temporary exhibitions. I’ve got a lot to learn but I am looking forward to further exploring the treasures in Whangarei Museum’s Collections and getting to know my wonderful new community.
F.O.H / Husbandry
The best words to describe me are “all rounder”.
I first started at the museum in 2003 during a course for work experience, and then progressed to weekend work and on then on to a full time position.
I provide administration, husbandry and visitor services support.
Some of my favourite work is with the animals we have here e.g.
The Kiwi and Tuatara and also the insects and gecko. I enjoy talking to our visitors both locals and international, and designing and producing our Newsletter.
When you join as a Friend of Kiwi North, I’ll be the person who makes sure that we keep in touch with you and tell you all the news about what’s happening here at Kiwi North.
My name is Joey, I come from South China.
I work at the Front of House introducing Kiwi North and helping you with your questions.
I really enjoy interacting with visitors from all over the world and sharing New Zealand’s unique natural and social history.
Kiwi House Husbandry Team Leader
I was born in England and worked in the engineering field
I have been working at the Museum and Kiwi House for about 27 years. I started as a volunteer and then became the first paid employee of the organisation.
I played soccer and golf, and still play match darts and pool.
My interests are science fiction and building.
F.O.H / Husbandry
I'm Lila and I have been with Kiwi North since 2013 as part of the visitor services and husbandry teams. My job is not a job- its a lifestyle. It is a privilege to work with and care for New Zealand's native fauna and to meet so many different people from all over the world. I learn something new everyday and I hope that I impart some knowledge to others.
I am an amateur thespian and a qualified gemologist. Gemology fuels my passion for jewellery and gemstones and all things bling. I have taken up knitting and am fast becoming an expert at bad knitting but its fun.
I have been involved with Kiwi North since 2003 in various capacities within the Museum. Initially working as a volunteer, then contracted to process the Taonga Maori collections before becoming Collections Registrar, where I process, document and arrange for the care of the Museum’s collections.
My fascination and love of history and ancient cultures has allowed me to travel extensively to some of the most outstanding historical locations in the world, but none of them thrill me quite the same as finding a treasure within our own collection.
From the archaeological excavation of one of Whangarei’s earliest Hotels to investigating the cave system situated near Abbey Caves after the discovery of several moa remains, one can hardly call my job boring.
Working in the secret world of collections, you encounter some amazing artefacts and become enthralled in their mysteries, past owners and question their journeys from the past.
Every day I get to work with history and every day I get faced with more questions about the world we live in and the items that remain behind. There is no other job quite like it!
Kiwi North has a long history of offering an education service to schools through the LEOTC (Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom) Ministry of Education programme.
I joined the team in 2014 at the beginning of the 2014-2017 LEOTC contract and am happy to say that we have negotiated the 2018-2021 contract with MoE.
The Education Programme has developed to offer a wide range of Science, Technology and Social Science content from our base here at Kiwi North to external sites around Northland.
Coordinating with colleagues around Taitokerau means that I am able to provide exciting experiences for events such as Seaweek, Tech Week, Matariki, Science Fair, Conservation week and many more.
My whanau enjoy all the beautiful open spaces and events that Taitokerau offers to families with young children. We love living here.
Hei kona mai
F.O.H / Husbandry / Kiwi North Pest & Predator Control Programme
I started at Kiwi North in 2017 when I was doing my student placement for my applied environmental sciences degree. After this I was offered a place on the Kiwi North team and since then have been part of a number of different roles.
Kiwi North has given me many opportunity’s I never thought I would experience such as working so closely with our native animals, meeting people from all over the world and going into schools to teach our future generations about the importance of our natural heritage.
Growing up in Northland I have great memories of school trips to Kiwi North and am delighted to now be a part of the team. My role with marketing means sharing some very special taonga- from a very special facility.