Sam joined the Ark in the Park team in July 2020, after spending two years travelling Aotearoa conducting vegetation monitoring. She works closely with the stakeholders and funders behind the Ark in the Park in order to further our conservation goals and to support the amazing work of our volunteer community.
She completed her MSc in Biosecurity and Conservation in 2016, at the University of Auckland, which involved looking at some of the dynamics between rat and cat populations in urban green spaces across Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). She has an extensive range of experience in the field. From controlling pest plants and rats across Auckland, to protecting Tūturiwhatu (southern NZ dotterel) on Rakiura, she is well acquainted with our ngahere and its inhabitants. With a strong drive to restore and protect our native ecosystems, Sam is always on the lookout for new networks, studies, and technologies to best care for the Ark.
Harriet moved back to her west coast roots to join the Ark in the Park in the spring of 2020. She is inspired by the dedication of the Ark’s volunteers, whose time and effort continues to make the Ark in the Park the success that it is. Harriet is passionate about spending time in the beautiful Waitākere Ranges, protecting and restoring our flora and fauna.
A bit of an adventurer, she loves getting out to explore remote and untouched places. After starting her journey in Waiwera, Harriet completed a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Environmental Science at Massey. She has since ventured to remote corners of Aotearoa and mountain tops carrying out conservation work. Harriet has spent time working for the Department of Conservation as a Biodiversity Ranger on Stewart Island/Rakiura, addressing invasive weeds and working on the largest sand dune restoration project in the Southern Hemisphere. In Arthurs Pass National Park she worked as a predator control team member protecting the Orange Fronted Kakariki. When not in the forest working to eradicate pests, Harriet can be found sailing to Pacific Islands to help locals strengthen their housing post hurricanes, or SCUBA diving and exploring the underwater world.
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 ten 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.