About Sustainable Kaipara

Our Mission

To protect our precious place.
The clean air, the bountiful
oceans, the towering forests
and fertile soils that
sustain us all.

With expertise in environmental science and community development, Sustainable Kaipara delivers innovative and science-based solutions to challenges affecting our landscapes, waterways and biodiversity.

By working alongside mana whenua, communities, schools, local business and government we aim to amplify existing initiatives and address gaps with practical solutions that will sustain and regenerate the Kaipara environment for future generations.

Our Team

Steph, Sarah and Kate met in 2017 when they formed Plastic Free Mangawhai. They were inspired by the awesome changes made by the Mangawhai community to reduce single use plastics and knew more needed to be done to look after Kaipara’s beautiful environment. So in 2019, the heart of Sustainable Kaipara began to beat!

Stephanie Gibson

Rangitāne o Wairau

Compost queen, leading the compost project and delivering Closing the Loop to schools, events and community groups.

With a background in tourism and business Steph has over ten years experience living and teaching zero waste living to families. Steph grew up in Marseille, France and returned to Aotearoa in her late teens. Steph is a mother of three, devoted member of Causeway Church, and loves teaching the next generation how to grow their own food.

Sarah Bray

Te Ati Awa

Nature enthusiast, leading the organisation and delivery of Closing the Loop project.

Sarah is an environmental scientist with over 10 years experience working with business and government on building the circular economy, waste reduction, sustainability and climate change adaptation. Sarah is a mother of two who grew up on the sunny whenua of Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga (a.k.a Havelock North). In Kaipara she loves exploring the underwater world, forests and dunes with her little ones.

Caren Davis

Ngāpuhi / te rarawa

Inspired by the ngahere, Caren holds our connections from coast to coast. She captures the beauty of Kaipara and threads this through our comms.

Passionate about Te Reo Māori revitalisation, Caren has worked in the creative industry since the early 2000’s. As a photographer and website designer, Caren works alongside her husband Jonny in their business The Treehouse Creative. A Kaipara girl from way back, Caren grew up in Dargaville, and made a return to the area in 2015 setting up home in Mangawhai with her husband and two young tamariki. The ngahere is where she loves to go to reset and enjoy our whenua, and being in wānanga reo Māori is her happy place.

Alice Henchman

tauiwi pākehā

Alice is passionate about positive change for the environment. She has a background in a wide range of industries with experience in advocacy, conservation, professional training and customer service.

A mother of two, she enjoys the great outdoors, looking after the soil, growing her own food, propagating trees and making steps towards a more sustainable future.


Margaret Baker

Tauiwi Pākehā

Passionate advocate for the environment and for electric vehicles, Margaret is helping to deliver our Close the Loop project to schools, businesses and events.

Margaret grew up on a dairy farm in South Auckland, has been actively working on reducing her personal carbon footprint since the 1980’s and is now enjoying the opportunity to have some influence over future generations. Based in Taipuha, she is now in the early stages of developing a food forest, and has been driving her own electric vehicle now for five years and advocates for their use.

With a background in pre-press and customer service, Margaret’s strengths are her ability to communicate with people from all walks of life, compassion, honesty and a cheerful disposition. She is also blessed with a good amount of common sense and can think outside the square.

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