Keiko is an ecologist who joined us in 2022, bringing 12 years’ of experience in botany and ecology. Having spent most of that time in local government, she has worked with a diverse array of stakeholders across the Hawkes Bay, and understands the range of perspectives held about the environmental challenges we face, locally and globally. Over the years, she has worked with iwi groups, community groups, industry sectors and other government agencies to develop strategic and operational plans to protect, restore and enhance ecosystems.
Keiko is excited about helping people who are trying to understand, protect and enhance the natural environment they live in, and to restore its mauri. She is working with our team on large ecological restoration projects, including Motatapu Station and the Hunua Ranges. Using her in-depth knowledge of freshwater ecosystems, Keiko contributes to projects to protect threatened freshwater species.
She has a Masters’ degree in Environmental Science from Japan.