Sophia Olo-Whaanga

SOPHIA IS A NATURAL LEADER WITH A GIFT FOR BRINGING TOGETHER DIFFERENT GROUPS AND DIFFERENT CULTURES

 
Sophia has just completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Science majoring in Environmental Science. She plans to one day further her qualifications by undertaking her Master’s thesis. 


Sophia is powerfully interested in the dynamics between social and environmental dimensions, sustainability and resource management. Sophia has a deep understanding of Te Ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, having worked alongside Māori and having been fully involved with her Māori heritage. 


She works effectively in teams – having been a leader in school, community and university programmes. She tutored in Environmental science and Biology for the Tuakana (peer mentoring) programme at the University of Auckland. 


Sophia has a history of working in the community – in voluntary efforts like the bird sanctuary at Tiritiri Matangi. She has also worked alongside iwi for planting schemes and biodiversity counts, liaising between outside researchers and her iwi. She learned to relay important information back to iwi (or to stakeholders in any of our projects) in a form that is clear and easily understood. This experience is invaluable for community liaison across a wide range of projects.


Sophia works efficiently in a systematic and organised way, meeting deadlines and prioritising work elements. She plans for every contingency. She’s an excellent member to have on your team.
 

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT

 

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IWI AFFILIATION

Ngati Kahungunu

Waikato Tainui

 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
 

 Ecology


Iwi Engagement


Field research


Stream Ecological Valuation


Wildlife Relocation / Translocation


Environmental Monitoring


Freshwater Quality


Resource Management