Who we are
Programme AdministratorRead bio
Sian joined the organisation in 2018 as the Programme Administrator and is our go to woman for all things operational. She enjoys the challenge of working across many aspects of our programme delivery including comms, event management, finance, administration and health & safety. She is well equipped to support the RN team with a tertiary background in social sciences and previous experience in trust & legal administration roles. Sian was born in Whangārei and raised in the Waikato region before returning to Northland in 2010 to raise her own family. She is passionate about increased human connection to nature and its implications on our collective well-being.
“What I most enjoy about working for Reconnecting Northland is the people I work alongside everyday - we have a progressive and supportive culture that has our wellbeing at its centre”.
Connectivity ActivatorRead bio
Celia relocated to Northland and joined the team in August 2018 as our Connectivity Activator. She’s our resident bright spark who thrives on the creation of positive relationships which are a key feature of her role. Her environmental science background, previous roles working for Māori and a passion for indigenous knowledge has greatly benefited her in fronting the Waimā, Waitai, Waiora Project. Her whakapapa is to Te Uri o Hine, Te Rarawa and Ngāi Tawake and Ngāti Toro of Ngāpuhi. Finding ways to help her people fulfil their kaitiaki obligations is one of the main reasons she has moved home to Te Tai Tokerau and sees her role within Reconnecting Northland as a way to achieve that.
“I love the ability to be creative and work outside of the box with a supportive and inspirational team, we have each others backs and I value that”
Mātanga Taiao/EcologistRead bio
Gary joined Reconnecting Northland in 2016 and given his advanced age and length of tenure is recognised as the kaumatua of team. Gary brings a background of ecological training, a strong connection to Northland and a great sense of humour to his role as Mātanga Taiao/Ecologist. Within his current role Gary is also currently heading our Whangaroa partnership initiative. Gary lives in Kaeo and affiliates to Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa and Ngapuhi ki Whaingaroa as well as English and Irish whakapapa. He is passionate about creating opportunities for Northlanders and living alongside our taonga species, habitats and ecosystems.
“ What I enjoy most about working for Reconnecting Northland is engaging with like-minded individuals and thinking intergenerationally”
Kaituitui Co-ordinatorRead bio
Jessie joined the Reconnecting Northland team in November 2018 as the Kaituitui/ Coordinator for the He Ripo Kau collective in Western Northland. The He Ripo Kau 100 year vision is “clean clear waters teeming with life, healthy forests to the sea, a mosaic of sustainable land-uses, and people living lives they value”. Jessie has a background in Outdoor Education, events organisation, documentary making and conservation. She grew up in Hokianga and returned there in 2007 to be closer to her whanau. Jessie has one son, Kahu. She is passionate about Hokianga and how people can live well in a way that protects and restores the environment.
“I feel privileged to not only work alongside the RN team, but with so many people who have a passion to be active kaitiaki in our region”
Pou Manatū/General ManagerRead bio
Eamon joined Reconnecting Northland in 2016 as the Pou Manatū (General Manager). Weaving a passion for indigeneity, Eamon is a builder of community through creative and experimental means. A behind the scenes action-man, he has a background in Industry training, research and community-led initiatives which he brings to the Programme. Of Te Roroa, Ngāti Torehina, Ngāti Arera, Crete, Scottish and Irish whakapapa, Eamon is passionate about leadership that shifts from assuming the sovereignty of humans to acknowledging the mana of nature to build more cohesive and resilient communities.
“I love the agile nature of Reconnecting Northland and the prospect of affecting transformative impact for Te Tai Tokerau”.
Courageous: The courage to trust, willing to have tough conversations, willing to try new things and willing to fail.
Committed: Intergenerational view and long-term goals. Not ‘in it’ for the money.
Curious: Receptive, reflective and optimistic. Asking questions, challenging ideas. Research.
Creative: New ways, new process and practice. Problem solving and solutions focused.
Compassionate: Respectful, inclusive and humble. Caring, mana enhancing and humane.
Our land and people flourishing together.