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Elizabeth Werner

BLAKE DOC Ambassador - Takahē programme

Kia ora. My name is Elizabeth Werner and I am an upcoming Science Communicator. I am studying for a BSc at Victoria University of Wellington, doing a double major in Ecology and Biodiversity with Environmental Studies.

Protecting and raising awareness for our native and endemic species in Aotearoa is important to me, because we have so many unique species that cannot be found anywhere else on our planet. I am a Visitor Experience Volunteer at Zealandia Ecosanctuary and a former Zealandia Senior Youth Ambassador. I do mini talks on takahē, tuatara, and kākā, and on top of this I monitor kiwi pukupuku (little spotted kiwi). The species I just mentioned all need our help, so to help protect our native taonga I am also heavily involved in humane trapping. I am an active committee member of Pest Free Tawa and the founder of Pest Free Tawa College.

An inspiring quote I go by is “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”- Dr Jane Goodall