Communications Manager Erin Reilly proudly shares stories about the wider Kiwis for kiwi whānau efforts to take kiwi from endangered to everywhere.
Growing up, Erin spent a lot of time in gumboots. Born and bred on a farm just back from the Kaipara Harbour coastline, she and her brother regularly gallivanted across the paddocks to explore native bush, build bivouacs and fish for tadpoles. As long as they had plenty of snacks, they could be gone for hours.
Erin has always had a passion for the outdoors. As a child she belonged to the Kiwi Conservation Club and went on countless Forest & Bird outings with her parents. One of her fondest childhood memories is visiting Tiritiri Matangi Island with her primary school, where she spent the day planting native trees as part of the island’s habitat regeneration project.
Fast-forward a few years and Erin is now passing her love for nature onto her two children. Her and her husband’s next big DIY project is to plant a vegetable garden, so their kids can start to understand where their food comes from (and hopefully get more greens into their diets).
Erin is an avid storyteller. Her extensive television broadcasting, marketing and communications experience has given her a keen eye for meaningful words and visuals. She loves to meet people, discover what makes them tick, and translate their experiences (that many people struggle to articulate or recognise the value of on their own) into stories that both pay tribute to themselves and that other people can relate to.