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We are proud to have the following Ambassadors supporting our cause.

Ambassadors

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Melissa Chan-Green

TV Journalist

"Being a Keep New Zealand Beautiful ambassador means continuing to promote an awareness of the environmental issues we face in New Zealand. I think the message has expanded from remembering to put litter in the bin - to thinking of the many ways we can change our lifestyles to protect the natural resource and native species we are lucky to have in this country."

Melissa Davies began her journalism career at TV1 working the graveyard shift while completing a degree in communications. She then worked as a producer on the Breakfast programme before moving to TV3 in 2007 to report in the Auckland newsroom.

In 2011, Melissa was assigned the Europe Correspondent position for TV3 based in London.

This included covering news events such as the funeral of Nelson Mandela, the revolution in Egypt, riots in Greece and the centenary of Gallipoli.

On the lighter side - it also meant reporting on the Royal wedding, London Olympics, Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup and interviewing pop stars such as One Direction.

Melissa returned to New Zealand in January 2017 and now divides her time between reporting for Newshub and presenting the 6pm news at weekends.

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Michael Van de Elzen

Celebrity Chef

"It's so very important to maintain our clean, green image! Keep New Zealand Beautiful means to me that we are always aware of the actions we do every day to help play our part as a responsible citizen of this beautiful country. It's so important that we educate the next generation about looking after the planet."

Michael Van de Elzen is one of New Zealand’s most loved chefs having starred on a number of television shows, most recently TVNZ’s Kiwi Living. He started a career in the food industry at the tender age of 14, working in some of Auckland’s and London’s landmark restaurants, while owning several of his own over the years. Michael is passionate about healthy food, particularly now his wife Belinda and their girls, Hazel (7) and Ivy (5) are living on a life-style block out west Auckland. Look out for his Good From Scratch logo which guarantees products that are healthy and his recipes that are healthy, convenient and quick to prepare.

In 2018 Michael released the Good From Scratch Kids Cookbook, his fifth cookbook that collated his favourite recipes to cook with his own children and that they cook for himself. Having a family himself, he knows how important it is to have children thinking about making health food options, without compromising on the most important thing – taste!

Michael is dyslexic so understands how important being able to read is; he was very excited and humbled to be asked to be an Ambassador for Duffy Books in Homes in 2016.

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Stacey Morrison

Radio and TV Presenter

"Keep New Zealand Beautiful means to me that all of us are doing our best to look after our stunning country in every way we can. It's an iconic image for so many of us, so let's make sure our clean green ideal of our country becomes a reality."

Stacey Morrison has worked in television and radio all of her working life, but being Māmā to three tamariki, is really her best work. They're also part of her inspiration to Keep New Zealand Beautiful, and believes we can all be kaitiaki of this stunning country we live in.

Christchurch born, from Ngāi Tahu and Te Arawa iwi, Stacey is also an author, co-writing Māori at Home with her husband Scotty, and she has a couple of children's books in the works. Stacey and Scotty also run Māori language classes and community groups together.

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Hayley King aka Flox

Artist

"I remember the Keep New Zealand Beautiful logo from childhood, and I remember back then it was all about being a tidy Kiwi. This still absolutely matters, but we also have bigger picture stuff to attend to as a society, in terms of waste and waste management, and looking after this beautiful world"

An aerosol and stencil artist with a fine art degree, Flox first made her mark on the inner cityscape of Auckland in 2003. Her trademark native birds, ferns and flowers are a celebration of Aotearoa’s environmental taonga.  Vibrant, confident colour; and scale combined with delicacy contribute to the magical transformation of grey walls into vibrant depictions of the natural world.

Flox swiftly expanded her practice into prints, publications, murals, graphic design, live painting, passion projects, workshops, collaborations, charity work and both group and solo exhibitions. Her accessible narratives have broadened her appeal and shaped her into one of New Zealand’s most recognised contemporary artists.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful is grateful to the support of the New Zealand Women’s Weekly for the hair and make-up of the ambassadors for these photos.

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