Keep New Zealand Beautiful - Our Ambassadors

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


Photograph by Babiche Martens.

Michael Van de Elzen

Celebrity Chef

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.

Casey Kopua

Casey Kopua

New Zealand international netball player

Casey Kopua is a New Zealand international netball player. She is the former captain of the the Silver Ferns, and is the captain of the Waikato bay of plenty magic in the ANZ Premiership

In 2012 Kopua married Hamilton lawyer Terry and since then have a beautiful daughter Māia.

Casey is a real family person and loves to hang out with her neice and nephews. She loves going home to the farm and getting a breath of fresh air.