Meet our people
Michael MaahsGeneral Manager
021 143 6791
Michael has resided on Waiheke Island since 2010. Originally from Detroit Michigan USA, Michael spent a number of years in the states gaining a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and working for State Government before settling on Waiheke. While in New Zealand Michael also attended the University of Auckland and graduated with a Masters in planning practice.
Michael has specialised in not-for-profit organisations and has worked in this sector in Auckland since 2010, as the national project manager at the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand and now as the general manager at the Waiheke Resources Trust.
Michael has helped create organisations on Waiheke, serving as a founding member of the Waiheke Community Housing Trust. He has also had instumental roles in the creation of the Waiheke Collective, Island Waste Collective, and Te Korowai O Waiheke.
Michael lives with his family on the island and practices and supports sustainable initiatives on Waiheke.
Kristin BusherPartnerships Manager
027 386 1125
Originally from Waiatarua in the Waitakere Ranges Kristin moved to Waiheke in 2001. Her experience in the community sector began in 2010 as Waiheke Playgroup's Coordinator. Her passion for environmental sustainability & waste reduction then stemmed from her previous role as Assistant Manager & Funding Administrator of New Hope Shop & Timber.
As a mother of 2 young children who is passionate about her community , working with and supporting grass roots community projects and initiatives is important to Kristin and the work she does.
Livné OreGrants & Operations Coordinator
A VUW Bachelor of Arts graduate (major in International Relations, minors in Media Studies and Geophysics), Livné moved to Waiheke in 2018.
Her previous volunteering experience and eagerness to be involved with her new community led to a 3-month internship at the WRT, after which she stayed involved with the WRT through grant writing, baking at Kai Conscious Café and working alongside Kristin for Project Little Oneroa. In February 2020, she started working full time as WRT's new grant & operations coordinator.
Kayleigh AppletonZero Waste Events Coordinator & Composter
Kayleigh grew up on the wind-blasted Orkney Isles of Scotland and followed the sun to Aotearoa in January of 2018. She has always been a child of nature and is passionate about trying to life as zero waste as possible. She views working as the Zero Waste Events Coordinator for Waiheke as primarily an educational role and a wonderful chance to vibe with people about where they are at on their waste-awareness journey. Based at the Waiheke Resources Trust on Waiheke she also works as the WasteWise Facilitator for Kai Conscious, a composter on the Compost Co. hot composting facility and as part of the Love Our Wetlands restoration team.
Nathalya LarsonWaiheke Waterways Project Coordinator
Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Nathalya decided to spend a weekend on Waiheke and instantly fell in love with it. The short weekend trip turned into 7 years and she now calls Aotearoa home.
Growing up in São Paulo, she saw first hand the impacts pollution has on our waterways and rivers. Her father has worked for over 38 years in several water treatment projects around South America, so they would talk about the different projects he was working on and how important they were.
She loves being a part of our amazing community and working towards making it a better place for our tamariki.
Haley is based in the Mangawhai, Northland, where she now lives with her family after moving from Waiheke Island.
Prior to starting up her own business, My Two Cents, in 2014, Haley worked for Kiwibank for 8 years, and then in various accounts roles working with a multitude of software's and systems. She is currently studying for a Bachelor of Accountancy at Massey University.
Haley is also an award winning bookkeeper - taking out ICNZB's Bookkeeper in a Small Practice award in 2019.
Jan RampMapping Specialist
Graphic designer, map maker and landscape architect Jan Ramp helps us tackle the increasingly complex challenges around our maps and plans. His experience with layout software improves our skills and efficiency, and his focus on getting the most out of our GIS mapping software sets us up for improved work flows between field and office staff.
Jan has lived on Waiheke since 1994 and has an intimate knowledge of the island. He has been instrumental in the creation of the Te Ara Hura walkway, and has supported many ecological restoration programmes on the island with his customised maps. His business, Snapper Graphics, is well-known as a supplier of interpretation design around the Auckland region and beyond.