Meet our team
Cheri van Schravendijk-Goodman
Co-Director, researcher, administrator
Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Rangi, Dutch
Mother of 3, passionate about the environment especially our native birds, repo/wetlands and our Rivers. Cheri does the landscape design, leads planting projects for the team, and advice on restoration projects. She also manages the admin and H & S; and co-leads research projects and contracts with Rangi Mahuta. Cheri loves whiteboard sessions.
Cheri is a new PhD candidate with Zoology at Otago University and is also affiliated with MBIE-funded programmes: Project Kainga co-led by Professor Merata Kawharu (Otago) and Future Coastlines Aotearoa led by Dr Scott Stephens (NIWA Hamilton). The focus of her PhD is two-fold: (1) Historical salinity-induced changes to wetland ecosystems (flora and fauna) in the lower Waikato River delta system to better understand potential climate change induced impacts on Te Puuaha whānau and communities. And (2) The role of WAI 262 and protection of Māori IPRs (intellectual property rights) within decision-making regarding the use of e-DNA as part of that investigation.
Father of 5, hubby to Cheri, and passionate about working with trees. He is a qualified arborist with over 10+ years of climbing experience in the industry. He has recently broadened his skill set to include native wetland and bush restoration, and garden maintenance. He is also a bit of a handy man and is known to pick up a hammer, or drive a digger where required by our clients. Dan also supports the Arb tutoring team at WINTEC on a casual basis.