MEET THE TEAM
Marty has been a Trustee of EERST since it's inception in 2000. He became Chairman in 2013. He is also the Director of Waste Watchers Ltd, Chair of the Zero Waste Network, and Chair of Keep Tauranga Beautiful. He has helped hundreds of businesses introduce resource efficiency and waste minimisation practices within the workplace.Marty was educated in Canada, holds a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology and a National Certificate in Zero Waste and Resource Recovery in New Zealand. He is co-founder of the award winning Paper4trees programme and is an advocate of product stewardship and extended producer responsibility. He has published articles about end-of-life tyres and frequently speaks about waste related topics at conferences.
Satsuki has been with EERST since 2014 as the administrator for the Paper4trees programme, becoming manager in 2019. She is the main point of contact for all schools and preschools participating in the programme nationwide. Growing up in Japan, she has seen and experienced the impact of humans on the the natural environment. She soon developed a passion to help save the environment for future generations, which lead her to complete the Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management at AUT.
Satsuki is the creative genius behind our seatbelt and billboard bags, making them herself here in the EERST office.
Satsuki also assists Marty with waste audits and other tasks for Waste Watchers Ltd.
Coming from a tree farm in the hills of Te Puke, surrounded by the tall pines and ever-changing, abundant fruit trees, this place gave a start to my love for our natural environment. I have moved and traveled through different walks of life and have found myself washed up on the beautiful shores of the Bay. My love for nature has expanded with the many gardening opportunities I was living on waiheke Island for two years working within the zero waste and kai conscious projects at WRT, my love for the people, my work and the environment are ever growing. I have recently returned to Tauranga and have joined the awesome team at Paper4trees . I am always looking to expand my knowledge and have some much love working for non-for profits.
Mary-Anne joined the team in 2019 in a part-time position whilst studying for a Bachelor of Science (Biology) with the Waikato University Tauranga campus, she is now completing a Masters in Ecology and Biodiversity part time over in Hamilton focusing on a different field of resource recovery - dung beetles!
She helps Satsuki administrate the Paper4trees programme on Thursdays and Fridays and will be often in contact with the schools and preschools.
Mary-Anne has a passion for a sustainable future with an emphasis on re-use! She also enjoys travelling the world to discover natural beauty and to see the world we are trying to protect.
Mary-Anne also assists Marty with waste audits and other tasks for Waste Watchers Ltd.
Denise first started volunteering and working casually for Paper4trees in 2018 before taking a break to have her son. She is excited to have been able to re-join the team in 2020.
Denise grew up in Germany and moved to New Zealand in 2008. While still having much to learn, Denise continues to take an interest in Māoritanga, the land, and the people of NZ. Denise is a former early childhood teacher whose interest in sustainability was sparked at university and with the help of some passionate teaching colleagues. She therefore very much enjoys the dialogue with schools and early childhood services at Paper4trees alongside supporting the team with administrative tasks.