Trust Board

MeACT is a Registered Charitable Trust run by a board of Trustees, individuals who live in the Muriwai community with a shared vision for improving our environment and our community.

MeACT's role is to facilitate action in the local environment and community.  We welcome and support you and your great ideas if you want to get involved and do good work for the community. 

MeACT supports local projects with funding, management assistance and effective communications, to ensure contributions to the community are effective, valued and long lasting.

Each Trustee takes responsibility for coordinating the various projects and initiatives, and also in developing long term plans for the community and local environment.

As coordinator, the Trustee is there to help support community ownership, either as individuals or through neighbourhood groups, of a project, for example Weedbusting or re-vegetation around improving a public amenity.  We are here to support and provide a funding and resource framework to ensure the project is a success for the entire community.  Funding for projects is gained mostly through grants from Council or other funding bodies (Lion Foundation).  We also welcome subscriptions to help cover administration costs (printing, etc.) See "Support Us".  All Trustees and Trust officers contribute on an entirely voluntary basis. 

We are always looking for volunteers and interested people to start, join or manage projects. 

Please contact us if you want to get involved - don't be shy!!!!

You can contact our Trustees directly, details are on this page or go to the Contact Us page.

Gerry Henley

Born in Taranaki, lived in various locations, including more recently Albany and East Coast Bays, and finally Muriwai where he has lived with his wife, Pat, for eight years.

Wherever he has lived, one of his first priorities has been to set about planting, cultivating and preparing his immediate environment.

Gerry continues to show his interest in the local environment.One of his strong motivations is to keep at bay the incursion of weeds and exotics into our NZ landscape.
Other interests include yoga, pilates and swimming and he can be seen with Pat frequently out and about walking Polly the dog.
Gerry is our Co-ordinator for;
Gannet Monitoring

Ruth Atkinson

Born and studied in UK, starting with an arts degree and following it up with a BSc. Came to Muriwai by chance more than by design, finds the rhetoric around native/not-native in NZ quite challenging. Interested in native birds from living by and walking in Muriwai bush, which has  taught her the importance of husbanding native plants. Loves the diversity of the scapes in Muriwai, both sea and land. 

Raising children and working in this community.  Previously involved with Muriwai Playgroup, involved with children professionally as an osteopath. Concerned that children should be involved with and understand nature.
Ruth is our Co-ordinator for Kids Eco Club
  Robin Foubister
 Robin is our nursery plant manager.
 John Stanford

John is our co-ordinator for Pest Control
Phelan Pirrie

Born in the eastern suburbs and after spending many years living and working in the CBD Phelan escaped out to Muriwai and hasn't looked back.

Phelan is involved in a number of community organisations from the Muriwai and Kumeu Fire Brigades, an Honorary Fisheries Officer for MPI, the Kumeu Business Association and working in the Horticulture Industry.

Phelan got together with Sonya and Gerry in 2011 with the idea of setting up a group that could help improve the environment in Muriwai and provide locals with a one stop shop for resources and information.

We live in a large regional park which is what makes the community unique, wouldn't it be awesome to enhance this and make it a safe haven for native species and a better place to live!
Phelan co-ordinates communications.
 Erin Griffin

My name is Erin Griffin and I have lived in Muriwai for the past 29 years with stints living in London, Indonesia and Ireland. 

My background is varied; I have worked in Sales, Recruitment, Outdoor Education, Admin, Optometry and many different horticultural nurseries.  I have had my own catering business as well as running a large culinary herb and plant business for 6 years. 

For the last ten years I have been a self employed Landscaper working on a large variety of projects both domestic and commercial.  I have had to give this up in the last year due to a stress injury in my shoulder. 

Muriwai is my turangawaewae, I love this place and community and John and I have enjoyed bringing up our two girls here.  I believe that people should be involved in their community and help where and when they can.

Erin is MeACT's Coordinator for Revegetation projects including our Village Green Restoration project.
Sarah Jane Murray (SJ) 

Born and studied in Aberdeenshire Scotland, SJ has a Higher National Diploma in Sports Coaching and sports development in Outdoor Education. SJ has a passion for the outdoors kite surfing, SUP’ing and all things environmental but has a particular passion for Waste Minimisation.

New Zealand (Muriwai) became home in 2008. SJ started work for EcoMatters Environment Trust in 2009, a Not for Profit Organisation involved in many different sustainability/community based projects within West and South Auckland. Sarah Jane is currently PA to the General Manager and Programme Manager for Keep Waitakere Beautiful, Keep Auckland Beautiful and Project Manager for ‘Composting for Communities’

Sarah Jane and her Partner James Everett recently opened 'The Food Vault' a Deli /Coffee House in Huapai where Sarah Jane makes sure it is sustainable and composts all food scraps.

2013 is going to be a great year for Muriwai with SJ working on our composting project at the Village Green. Initially this will handle garden waste only, however SJ wants to build on the concept and encourage each household to think about minimising the Waste that is sent to landfill.

If you are interested in helping Sarah Jane please feel free to get in touch with her.

Sarah is MeACT's Waste Minimisation contact person and will be running our composting and other related programs.
  Sarah Sue Roth (SS)
  Sophie Anderson
  Michael Fitchett
 Retired Trustees Below  
  Marty Taylor
Trustee  - Retired to Wellington 2015

Marty has worked in Education for over a decade he recently has become involved in Education for Sustainability. 

His current position is as an Enviroschools Facilitator to Northland Schools. 

He has an interest in writing and photography which sometimes translates in to articles for New Zealand Geographic. 

Marty has also been to hang around the local cliffs and airfields.
  Christine Rose
Christine has retired as trustee, effective 2015

Christine Rose has spent most of her life in the South Kaipara, and has taken its interests and values to heart. 

She represented the area in local and regional politics for 15 years and continues to support its environmental and community enhancement. 

She has supported many local environmental and cultural groups. She has been a campaigner for our own little dolphins, Maui’s dolphins, for more than a decade. 

Christine supports environmental education, believing people who know about their local ecosystems are more inclined to care for them, and strongly recognises the value of art in achieving environmental ends. 

Christine believes the state of our marine environment is our greatest contemporary issue. In her spare time Christine kayaks, cycles, tramps and camps, and is an aspiring artist and musician.