Robert began his interest in the environment as a very small boy, staring into rivers and asking numerous questions about all things natural. He followed this passion with a apprenticeship in Nursery Production, a Diploma in Horticulture and a Bachelor in Applied Science. He worked in these fields for a number of years also branching into viticultural management and caretaking on Stephens Island for the Department of Conservation. For the last 16 years he has worked in the conservation and ecology fields, running a large business focused on conservation in the top of the south. His main passion is providing ecological solutions especially around water quality issues.
Jan grew up exploring the Waitakere Ranges in the Auckland area and was determined to follow her passion of working in the wilder areas of New Zealand. She studied Horticulture and Parks and Recreation Management at Lincoln and followed this with working in Fiordland. She moved to Nelson in 1988 to work in Community Recreation and Development for the Tasman District Council. She was a City Councillor for 2 terms and has had a long involvement in the Not for Profit Sector. She recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Management winning the Arrow International Award for Academic Excellence.