Meet our MCs

Day One: Dr Andrea Byrom

Andrea trained as a scientist in wildlife ecology and held various research and leadership roles at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research for over 20 years. She stepped down from her role as director of the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge in 2020 after a five-year stint in that role. Andrea is a Kairangi in the Te Pūnaha Matatini Centre of Research Excellence and co-chairs the Chief Executive’s Science Advisory Panel for the Ministry for the Environment.

Andrea is experienced in strategy development; enacting Treaty of Waitangi partnerships; environmental regulation and legislation; system and organisational change; investment for impact; embedding Māori values and tikanga; mentoring; risk management and accountability; evidence-based decision-making; financial management of large programmes; and system advisory and review.

Andrea is currently a member of the Board for the Environmental Protection Authority, a Trustee for the Project Crimson Trust and Tāpui Aotearoa, and Chair and Trustee of the Predator-Free 2050 Trust. She values evidence-based decision-making and has a deep strategic knowledge of the New Zealand science and innovation sector and how it connects with regional and central government agencies.

Day Two: Tame Malcolm

Ngāti Tarāwhai, Ngāti Pikiao

Born and raised in Rotorua, Tame considers himself fortunate to be raised in Te Ao Māori. He has spent his entire career managing mammalian pests. Whether it is out hunting or trapping in the ngahere, or in wānanga researching, his passion is Māori approaches to managing pests. 

He has worked for Iwi, Councils, Government agencies and research institutes. He now works for Te Tira Whakamātaki, a Māori not-for-profit that helps Māori communities protect their environment. 

Day Three: Dr Nick Waipara

Rongawhakaata, Ngāti Ruapani ki Turanga

Nick originally completed his PhD on forage and pastoral pathology at Ruakura Research Centre, before working on berryfruit diseases, biological control of invasive weeds and plant pathogens, and even toxic black mould. When he joined Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research he worked on diseases affecting native taonga plants, which has led to his extensive body of work on Phytophthora agathidicida, the pathogen that causes kauri dieback.

Nick is currently a senior scientist and Plant and Food Research, a science leader for Ngā Rākau Taketake, and a co-founder and trustee of Te Tira Whakamātaki. He is actively involved in the protection of kauri on the ground and is a well-respected advisor for many in this space. Nick is passionate about collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches that bring together diverse communities and knowledge holders.

Day Four: Taylor Davies-Colley

Ngāpuhi, Te Hikatu

Taylor grew up in Northland spending time amongst Kauri forests and the beautiful coast. Study took him south to Ōtepoti/Dunedin and the wildlife and wild people have kept him there. He’s lucky enough to work as an educator and science communicator at Orokonui Ecosanctuary – one of the city’s amazing wildlife attractions. Taylor considers it a privilege to work educating people, especially rangatahi, about the wildlife of Aotearoa and inspiring action to protect it.

Outside of his work at Orokonui he tries to contribute to the protection of biodiversity in Aotearoa, with involvement in groups such as the Otago Conservation Board and the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network.  

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