Poutiri Staff

Ken Hunt

Poutiri Ao ō Tāne Manager

While from a farming background he’s spent most of his working life involved in conservation. Starting off as a Land and Survey ranger, based on the Whanganui River where he spent 11 years overseeing the Taumarunui field base of the Whanganui National Park, Ken then moved back to Hawke’s Bay where he spent five years managing the Ahuriri field centre for the Department of Conservation. It was during this time the Boundary Stream Mainland Island was created which in turn has become one of the central points of the Poutiri project.

Promoted to Hawke’s Bay area manager he spent eight years in that role before being lured by the challenge of managing DOC’s Chatham Island area. It took a project as interesting and challenging as Poutiri Ao ō Tāne to entice him away from the Chathams and back to his roots here in the Bay. His vast experience is community involvement and species translocations has been beneficial in the set up phase of Poutiri.


Denise Fastier

Poutiri Ao ō Tāne Co-ordinator

Denise has worked for the Department of Conservation in Hawke’s Bay since 2006, initially as team leader at Boundary Stream Mainland Island in Tutira, and lately leading translocations and species work. She has over 20 years experience working in this field including two years as technical support officer for Karori Wildlife Sanctuary (now Zealandia – The Karori Sanctuary Experience), two years as island ranger on the Chatham Islands, and contracting for over 10 years. Through this she has participated in numerous translocations (28+) covering varying species (water birds, waders, seabirds, forest birds), species monitoring, and pest control.



Rod Dickson

Poutiri Ao ō Tāne Predator Control Manager

Rod has been working for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council since 2006 as a biosecurity advisor specialising in biodiversity protection and predator control. He’s also a member of the National Oiled Wildlife Response Team and was recently involved in the Rena incident as operations manager.

Rod has always had an interest in wildlife and conservation, with a particular passion for the study and protection of New Zealand’s native bird and lizard species. He has a BSc in Environmental Science from Auckland University and several years field experience working for the Department of Conservation and as an ecological contractor.

While working as a private contractor, Rod gained a wealth of predator control experience by managing a number of highly successful animal health board ferret surveys around Hawke’s Bay for Central Districts’ pest control.

Rod has worked on a range of bird related projects including New Zealand Dotterel monitoring and protection on Waiheke Island, baseline bush-bird and lizard surveys on Great Barrier Island and little spotted kiwi surveys on Tiritiri Matangi Island.

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