Welcome to Annette and Janie

(Published on 21st July 2017)

NZ Landcare Trust is delighted to welcome two new Regional Coordinators to the team - Dr, Annette Litherland and Janie Stevenson.

Communications Manager James Barnett says both Annette and Janie bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to NZ Landcare Trust.  "Each brings a skillset that fits well with the challenges and opportunities presented within their respective regions."

Annette took on the role of Regional Coordinator for Nelson/Marlborough on 3 July, taking over from the highly experienced Barbara Stuart who recently retired.

Annette has spent her career serving the NZ farming sector, either by facilitating research, working with farmers or helping encourage and develop young people into farming careers. She also has a very practical exposure to farming having spent five years working on a large sheep and beef farm. This wealth of experience will provide an ideal platform for supporting farmers in the Nelson/Marlborough region as they move towards more sustainable farming practices.

Annette says her move to NZ Landcare Trust was motivated by the challenges that lay ahead for farmers in the near future.  "With the advent of plant based protein, cultured milk and meat, the story surrounding our food production will be critical for the success of our farmers."

"This story will need to be one of culture of the people that produce it, of knowledge about the farm it comes from, the health of the stock producing it, the way the environment is protected during its production, and then tracked through the supply chain directly to the consumer," Annette added.

Janie who filled the vacant Bay of Plenty position on 10 July, brings valuable experience as a Community Engagement Adviser working with groups in the Bay of Plenty region. In particular her work on sustainable land and freshwater management projects fits well with NZ Landcare Trusts' goals for the region. Janie's established networks will provide a head start as the Trust seeks to idenfiy new opportunities that could arise following the Trust's previous work on the multi-agency Kaimai/Mamaku Catchments Project.

It is Janie's passion for community driven sustainability initiatives that drew her to the Trust. "Working directly with landowners, community groups and organisations on collaborative, 'ground-up' solutions makes a huge difference to the state of our environment. There are some fantastic examples in the BOP and I’m looking forward to focussing in on how to support these initiatives further through my role at NZ Landcare Trust."

"There's a lot of discussion focussed on waterways at the moment, so this is an exciting time to turn talk into practical steps on the ground," said Janie.

James concluded, "We look forward to working with both Janie and Annette, and helping them to make a positive impact on sustainable land and water management within their regions."

 

 

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