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Emma Shanks

Community Coordinator- Catlins Biodiversity Project

Emma grew up in Whatawhata in the Waikato, but has since moved to Papatōwai in the Catlins. She has a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies and biodiversity from Victoria University. Before Emma became the newest member of our team, she worked for D.O.C. Murihiku as a biodiversity ranger in the Catlins and Awarua/Waituna Wetlands.

At Taiao we understand the value and strength that communities can bring to a project. Thus, Emma spends her time engaging with the community to help build our Catlins Biodiversity Project.

Alongside Alana Bensemann, Emma is a great person to contact if you are a member of the Catlins community and want to know more, or even become involved with the biodiversity project. 




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