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New Appointment At Brook Sanctuary

New Appointment At Brook Sanctuary

Shine Kelly, the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary¹s recently appointed Teaching Fellow, has welcomed the first of many school visits to the site. Shine, originally from Nelson, has joined the Sanctuary from a teaching position at Karori Normal School when she became very familiar with the wildlife at Karori Sanctuary. Global conservation is important to Shine and she sponsors gorilla and orphan African elephants and is enthralled with the restoration of New Zealand¹s amazingly unique creatures (giant weta and kakapo are favourites).

She says she is very excited about working at the sanctuary. "I am looking forward to working with schools and the wider community to develop our sanctuary into a world-class educational resource where individuals can learn and enjoy hands-on involvement in conservation five minutes from Nelson.² The Sanctuary¹s Teaching Fellowship has been funded for one year by the Cawthron Institute Trust Board, which owns the Cawthron Institute, and the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). It aims to develop educational programmes at the Sanctuary from primary to tertiary levels, support school visits and develop a long-term educational strategy.

Dr Oliver Sutherland, Trust Board Chair described the fellowship as a great example of research and education organisations cooperating to promote environmental science education, to the benefit of the region¹s young people. NMIT Deputy Chief Executive Caroline Seelig, said NMIT was proud to be a partner with Cawthron Institute and the Brook Sanctuary in this exciting opportunity to promote environmental sustainability to a wide range of students. Shine can be contacted at and is very keen to hear from anyone interested in becoming involved in education at the Sanctuary.


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