About

Kia ora,

Welcome to Treedom NZ, a workshop facilitation and communications service that focuses on nature based solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss.

Ecosystem approaches such as nature based solutions involve working with Nature in ways that will allow Nature, including us, to thrive into the future.

Examples include – regenerative farming techniques that increase biodiversity and reduce soil loss, restoring wetlands to filter water and ameliorate flooding, regenerating native forest to sequester carbon and provide habitat for birds, and building with natural materials that can be safely returned to the earth at the end of their life.

Nature based solutions present win-win opportunities for our mokopuna as well as for Nature. They bring immediate benefits too – strengthening our communities and improving our personal well-being through connection with Nature.

I look forward to hearing from you, and helping you to share your story.

Ngā mihi,

Maureen Howard, Founder of Treedom NZ

ABOUT MAUREEN

Maureen Howard is an environmental educator and communicator, with a psychology background specialising in learning and behaviour.

Maureen fell in love with Mother Nature early in life – growing up on a small farm in Ireland, with a creek bordering the back paddock and two seashores a morning’s horse ride away.

Immigrating to Dunedin over 20 years ago, Maureen’s had her share of interesting jobs, including teaching pet psychology to veterinary nurses and supporting MPs when they’re out of parliament.

Between 2006-2015, she was the Dunedin City Council’s Sustainable Living Facilitator, providing interactive talks, workshops and  Sustainable Living courses for adults. Over 800 passionate and determined people completed the eight-week course, most going on to make life changes such as introducing homemade cleaners to their workplace, building a wormfarm or selling their only car.

During this time, Maureen volunteer-hosted with Otago Access Radio who patiently taught her how to host her weekly sustainability radio show. The show ran for seven years and was awarded the station’s Supreme Winner in 2013 and Most Popular Podcast Hits in 2015.

 

In December 2015, with time on her hands, adventure in her heart and a family to visit, Maureen took a lower-carbon journey  alone from New Zealand to Northern Ireland and back again via the Americas, mostly by hitch-hiking, travelling on freighter ships and buses. After 25 months – she ran out of steam and lady-luck in beautiful Colombia – and gratefully boarded a plane back to New Zealand. She’s stayed grounded since, enjoying where local buses with bike racks can take her.

In addition to Treedom NZ, Maureen is principal writer for Resilient, a sustainability focused quarterly magazine in the Otago Daily Times. The magazine is solutions-oriented, entertaining, and filled with locally focused stories based on science. It is directed by founder, editor and contributing writer Tom McKinlay.

On weekends, Maureen volunteer-coordinates a neighbourhood group called Wild Dalmore Reserve. Their goal is to protect and enhance the native biodiversity of this 6.4ha council-owned reserve. They plant eco-sourced native trees, monitor the flora and fauna, pull out invasive weeds – and chat as neighbours. It’s therapeutic stuff!

Maureen has obtained a BSc Hons in Psychology from the University of Ulster and a PhD in learning and behaviour with the Psychology Department at the University of Otago.

Tel: 021 206 3593         maureen@treedom.nz