The Trustees, and Advisors, have extensive knowledge in the fields of ornithology, conservation, captive management, research processes, animal physiology, zoology and strong links to the zoo industry, welfare organisations and tertiary education providers.
Trustees and Office holders
- BAAT; Cert NCCWA
Tamsin is co-founder of the KCT and has been the Chair since its inception. Tamsin manages the Trusts day to day operations and coordinates the research projects. She continues to be involved in field work and advocacy in the South Island and developed the 2010 Kea Husbandry Manual (endorsed by DOC) aimed at increasing the captive management standards of all kea in NZ facilities. Tamsin is also Community Engagement Coordinator for the lower half of the South Island.
Dr Nigel Adams
- Ph.D.; BSc (Hons); BSc
Nigel is co-founder of the KCT and an animal physiologist specializing in ornithology presently employed at Unitec, Auckland, as Senior Lecturer on the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSci). Previous to this position Nigel held research and teaching positions at several Universities in South Africa and in Israel. Current research includes examining stress response in endemic New Zealand birds such as Grey Faced Petrel and Saddleback and surveying kea populations in Borland, Fiordland and Arthur’s Pass, Canterbury.
Peter is co-founder of the KCT. He is the Conservation Officer at Auckland Zoo and has been appointed to the ARAZPA Field Conservation Committee. This committee aims to identify insitu conservation priorities in Australasia. Prior to this he was lecturer and Programme Coordinator for the Certificate in Animal Management (Captive Wild animals) at Unitec, Auckland for 2 ½ years. Peter was also employed by Auckland Zoo between 2002 and 2004 prior to taking up his position at Unitec.
- BSc(Hons) in Chemistry; CA (ICAEW)
Andy has practiced as an accountant since 2002, initially in a Professional Services firm in Southampton and in private industry in New Zealand since 2006. He is now based at Victoria University in Wellington.
Hon. Sir Hugh Williams
- LL.B; LL.M (Hons)
Hugh was an Associate Judge of the High Court of New Zealand (1989-93) and a Judge of the High Court in Auckland (1995-2010). Hugh has strong connections with tertiary institutions and was heavily involved with the Massey University Council for 20 yrs, 7 of these as Chancellor (1990-1997). He was also a Palmerston North City Councillor from 1983-89. Hugh was Knighted in 2010 and is now retired from the High Court. He is presently the President of the Electoral Commission.
Kevin is currently employed at the SPCA. Prior to this he worked at MAF Quarantine Services as a Canine Operations Officer and Waitakere City Council and SPCA as an Animal Control Officer and Animal Welfare Officer respectively. Kevin has developed public education programmes on animal husbandry, safety and welfare issues and is involved with bird rescue.
Annika fell in love with the cheeky kea during her multiple tramping holidays in New Zealand. After she moved to Auckland in 2015, she joined the KCT team as administrator while working full-time in digital marketing.
- Conflicts Resolution and Community Engagment Coordinator
- MSc (ecology); BSc (zoology)
Andrea has worked on a number of off-shore islands, the back-country, the Sub-Antarctics and Papua New Guinea during her conservation work. Her work has ranged from working with volunteers, intensive species management, ecological monitoring and surveying, and pest management. She worked in the field with kea during the 1990’s at Nelson Lakes. Andrea also has project management, community and iwi liaison experience and experience in conflict resolution.
Scientific and Field Advisors
- Research and Field Advisor
- MSc; BSc
Josh completed his MSc in Kea nest survival and population biology in 1999. Since then he has worked for the Department of Conservation (DoC), on a wide range of projects including Chatham Island Tui population research, Okarito brown kiwi recovery, North Island brown kiwi recovery at Moehau Kiwi Sanctuary, Huttons Shearwater research, Wandering Albatross population research on the Auckland and Antipodes Islands and research on the impacts of aerial 1080 on tomtits. Josh continues to work extensively with monitoring of wild kea.
Dr Lorne Roberts
- Research Advisor
- PhD; BSc(Hons)
Lorne is co-founder of the KCT. He is a Senior lecturer on the Certificate in Animal Management (Captive Wild Animals) and Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSci) at Unitec, Auckland. He also holds a position at Auckland Zoo as liaison for the Captive Wild Animal programme and is President of the Auckland Zoological Society (AZS) – the oldest society in New Zealand (1929). Previous research includes monitoring of stress responses in captive Sea lions at Auckland Zoo. Lorne has also been involved in population monitoring of kea at Nelson Lakes (2009 -2011).
Dr Andrew Fidler
- Research Advisor
- PhD; MSc (1st Class Hons); BSc
Andrew has been a research advisor to the KCT since 2008. He brings experience in bird population and behavioural genetics which he gained while working as a staff scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (Germany).
- Field Coordinator
Corey was bitten by the ‘kea bug’ in 2007 and has been involved in the species ever since. Working both for Department of Conservation and the Kea Conservation Trust since that time, Corey is now fulltime on our team, coordinating all field based work in the South Island. In addition to this, Corey is a talented photographer who has captured many of the images used throughout our education material and website.