WIEA’S MAIN AIM IS TO ACHIEVE POSITIVE AND BALANCED OUTCOMES FOR NEW ZEALAND’S UNIQUE BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEMS.
Wiea joined 4Sight’s Ecology Team in September 2019 as an Ecology Consultant and has over seven years’ experience working as an Ecological Consultant in New Zealand.
Having worked for a number of environmental and ecological consultancies, Wiea has specialised in bio-acoustical monitoring and data analysis of threatened birds and bats. Over the years, she has worked on numerous Significant Natural Area and Biodiversity inventories for Regional and District Councils. She has also undertaken many assessments of ecological effects and prepared restoration plans for a range of habitats including lake margins, wetlands and indigenous forest areas. She has consequently developed excellent capabilities in GIS analysis.
Wiea has worked in a wide range of environments and countries from researching in rural Tanzania to working for a political NGO at the European Parliament in Brussels. All of which has given her the flexibility and skills to work with a wide range of people and on a diverse set of projects. After completing a Master of Science Degree in Ecology and Natural Resource Management in the Netherlands, she moved to New Zealand and has since gained in-depth knowledge of New Zealand’s flora, fauna, and the RMA.
Being an absolute nature and ocean lover, Wiea spends a lot of her spare time protecting Oi (grey-faced petrels) in Raglan which involves monitoring their burrows, checking trap lines, and monitoring marine litter. As a bat enthusiast, Wiea is heavily involved with Project Echo, running the Hamilton City Wide Bat research project, advocating for bats at community events, giving presentations to community groups and assisting Waikato University with some of their bat research topics. When she has time left, she can be found swimming, kite surfing, cycling, or planning her next scuba diving or camping trip.
Areas of Expertise
Biodiversity and Significance Assessments
Bio-acoustic Monitoring for Bats and Birds
Ecological Restoration and Mitigation
Ecological Impact Assessments