About
 350 Aotearoa

 

350 Aotearoa is the New Zealand arm of the international climate movement 350.org, which aims to unite the world around climate change solutions.

Our mission is to strengthen and grow climate action in communities across New Zealand.

We coordinate local campaigns by providing education, practical tools, and support for community leadership. Our campaigns challenge the cultural acceptance of fossil fuels, and push New Zealand and the rest of the world back on track to 350ppm and, consequentially, climate safety (350 is the number that leading scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide—measured in “Parts Per Million” in our atmosphere. 350 PPM).

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The team

The work of 350 Aotearoa is sustained by our passionate teams of volunteers across the country, our small team of hard-working staff, our dedicated board, and our supporter base, who donate and amplify our work.

30 people stand and sit at 2019 350 Aotearoa Hui in Huia

 

 

350 Aotearoa board and staff team in April 2021

Staff

Photo of AlvaAlva Feldmeier
Executive Director
alva@350.org.nz 

Alva has a background in community organising, campaigning, and lobbying in the human rights and climate justice space. She first got involved with the 350 Aotearoa community as a volunteer in the 350 Ōtepoti Dunedin group in 2018. She enjoys working with volunteers and in an organisation that wants to unite people by collectively tackling the climate crisis.

Alva joined our staff team in 2021 initially as our Volunteer and Mobilisation Manager a few months later stepped into the position of Executive Director.

Headshot of KrystleKrystle Harborne
Fundraising Specialist
krystle@350.org.nz

Krystle has experience in the not for profit sector working in education, fundraising and programming for some of New Zealand’s largest charities.

She has a passion for all things environmental and is passionate about making change for future generations. Krystle works as a Fundraising Specialist, helping to develop and lead fundraising strategies for 350 Aotearoa.

 

Portrait of Alicia Hall smiling at the cameraAlicia Hall
Fossil Free State Sector Campaign Organiser
alicia@350.org.nz

Alicia has a background in community and environmental work.  She founded Parents for Climate Aotearoa in 2019 to support youth led groups and empower parents to stand up for climate action. She is currently studying Social Policy and is a strong advocate for climate justice.

She is passionate about ensuring all children will have a liveable climate to grow into. Alicia works as a Campaign Organiser, leading an initiative to decarbonise schools in the Wellington region.

 

 

Local volunteer groups

We know our voices are stronger when we raise them together. Climate change is the fight of our time, and to create meaningful change we need to act together. We began as a grassroots movement in 2009 and that hasn’t changed, by bringing together our skills, time, and networks we can create the change we need.  

Together, we can put pressure on our banks, councils, unions, schools and other local institutions to divest from the fossil fuel industry. And it’s happening everywhere: your local group is one of thousands across the globe, all calling on our institutions to cut their financial ties with this dirty industry.

What’s involved with local group organising? Our dedicated teams across Aotearoa organise local events, activities and climate actions. This could involve everything from banner painting, outreach, and social media, to getting behind the megaphone on the day. There’s a place for everyone and we strive to make sure everyone’s skills and talents are valued. We also provide opportunities to up-skill, so make sure you let us know what you’re interested in – whether you’re an expert or completely new to all of this!

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Board

Naushyn Janah
Chairperson

Naushyn is a lawyer working for the government in Wellington. She has a background in research focusing on the nexus between climate change and the international trade and investment law regimes. She is committed to creating equitable outcomes grounded in effective legal advocacy and indigenous frameworks. Naushyn is originally from the Maldives, a country on the frontlines of climate change impacts, and is passionate about climate justice for all frontline communities. Naushyn brings legal experience across a range of contentious commercial, trade and regulatory matters in New Zealand and Hong Kong. She is an active member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation (Te Whītau Tūhono) Leadership Network. She was also awarded the Waitematā Local Board’s Good Citizens’ Award for her work in advancing youth political engagement.

 

Barry with Microphone at TPPA rallyBarry Coates
Deputy Chairperson
@BarryCoates
Barry has campaigned on climate change since 1991 with allies globally, in the Pacific and New Zealand. He was co-chair of the Global Campaign for Climate Action, CEO of Oxfam New Zealand, and a Green Party list MP in 2016-17. He is an economist with a Masters from Yale University. He has recently founded a new charity, Mindful Money, which provides ethical and fossil-free investment alternatives to New Zealand KiwiSaver investors.

 

Karen Swainson

Board Secretary

 

Karen brings to the board 20 years’ experience of delivery and operational management in the private and NGO sectors, including IT and project management. She is a passionate believer in sustainable change and loves to drag her kids along to climate actions whenever possible. She is the Operations Manager of Mindful Money, on the board of Ooooby and her local school, the co-founder of community organisation Pachamama Alliance Aotearoa, and a keen musician and veggie gardener.

 

Photo of Sam HuggardSam Huggard
Board Member

Sam is a trade unionist and campaigner based in Wellington. He is Strategic Researcher with E tū union and former National Secretary of the NZ Council of Trade Unions 2014–2019, where he led the union movement’s work on just transition for workers and communities affected by climate change. Sam brings twenty years of involvement across unions, the community sector, campaigning organisations and students’ associations including as National Convenor of Campaign for MMP in 2010 and 2011, Co-President of NZUSA in 2000 and 2001 and as a part-time lecturer on Unitec’s Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management between 2008 and 2013.
Roshni Mathew
Treasurer
Roshni is a qualified Chartered Accountant who brings financial insight from her experience working in both the New Zealand and international markets under various regulatory frameworks. Having migrated from Africa to New Zealand aged 10, she is a fierce advocate of environmental movements that have the power to unlock climate justice and create greater economic equality for disadvantaged communities. She is an avid traveller, lover of the outdoors and enjoys off-the-grid living.Picture of Inangaro sitting on a stone in green dressInangaro Vaakafi
Board Member
Pacific Climate Warriors Council of Elder

Inangaro Vakaafi is the Polynesian Council of Elder and founding member for the Pacific Climate Warriors. An experienced producer and journalist in Niue, she is now based in Wellington, New Zealand where she is the Pacific representative of the 350 Aotearoa board, and actively campaigns for climate justice. A strong youth advocate, Ina has served as the President of the Niue Youth Council, a Board Member for the Niue Island Organic Farmers Association and Vice President for the Pacific Youth Council. Ina also worked with the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY) and was the Pacific representative at the 2015 UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Ina’s driving force for her work is her belief that we inherit lands from our ancestors and borrow them from our children. Her aim is to reconnect the Pasifika to their island roots, and navigate spaces between tradition and the western way of life. Of Niuean and Cook Island heritage, Ina intends to return home to the Pacific Islanders to share her skills and build capacity on her island.

 

 

Contact

General Enquiries:
Email: 350@350.org.nz

Media Enquiries:
Email: alva@350.org.nz

Postal address:
350 Aotearoa
76 Fawcett Street
9012 South Dunedin
New Zealand