Keep New Zealand Beautiful - Our Ambassadors

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

Ambassadors

Photograph by Babiche Martens. www.babichemartens.com

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.

Melissa Chan-Green

Melissa Chan-Green

TV Journalist

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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Stacey Morrison

Radio and TV Presenter

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.

Hayley-King

Hayley King aka Flox

Artist

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.

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