Photo by Andrew Murdoch

Laurence Bechet

Volunteer Coordinator

Laurence joined Ark in the Park as a volunteer after her family arrived from France in 2008. She has since been involved in various aspects of Ark life, firstly as a volunteer and now as a staff member. As well as navigating and clearing new lines in the bush, traveling along many kilometres of bait lines and trap lines and monitoring birds, Laurence has developed expertise in telemetry and GIS map creation. Alongside fieldwork, she has plenty to do in the office to make sure everything is organised for the volunteer activities and that key data for the project is collected.

Annalily van den Broeke

Buffer Zone and Outreach Coordinator

Annalily coordinates the Ark in the Park buffer zone, working with private landowners to expand the predator control efforts surrounding Ark in the Park. A big part of her job is connecting with the community by keeping them up to date about what is happening, answering questions, and providing specific advice on predator control. She also coordinates the voluntary “street coordinators” who help with delivery of bait or traps.

Annalily moved to New Zealand from the Netherlands nine years ago and has been involved with conservation ever since. After a long career in project management in the arts, she transferred her skills to working for the environment, with communities and in conservation. In her spare time, she is the Chair of Forest & Bird Waitākere, secretary of neighbouring project Matuku Link and on the board of several other conservation groups.

Ark in the Park is located in the Waitākere Ranges, which are currently closed to minimise the spread of kauri dieback disease.