Our Trust Board

Jamie Tuuta, Chair

Jamie is an uri of Taranaki Maunga and has whakapapa to Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Maru, Te Ati Awa and Taranaki Tuturu. He has held a range of governance positions over the past 20 years in the following sectors: iwi development, agribusiness, horticulture, fishing, investment, health, Māori development, property, housing, tourism and education. 


He has deep governance and broad commercial experience and is a recipient of the 2010 Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leadership Award and was also awarded the Māori Young business Leader of the year award in 2016.

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Nina Welanyk Brown


Nina holds a Commerce degree in economics and accounting, and has worked in the banking industry as well as owning her own successful business.

Nina has extensive experience in the not for profit sector, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement. She is very actively involved in the Wellington community on a volunteer basis, helping organisations gain financial knowledge and understanding in order to effect change in their environment.

Wellington Zoo has always been special to her, being the place that sparked her children’s love for animals on their many visits when they were young.  

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Jane Diplock AO


Jane Diplock AO is an experienced international company director. She has chaired and served on boards of listed, public, private companies and not-for-profit entities. Her executive career included roles as government department head, investment banker and regulator. She Chaired the New Zealand Securities Commission for nine years and the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) for seven years.

Post her executive career Jane has chaired or served on the boards of a number of global companies and entities including Singapore Exchange, the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB) and the International Integrated Reporting Council Board (IIRC).

Currently her focus is on climate change, biodiversity, regulation, sustainable reporting and finance, UNSDGs  and digitisation, through the Value Reporting Foundation, ADGM Appeals Board, World Benchmarking Alliance, Persefoni and a global project on the digitisation of impact reporting.

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Nureddin Abdurahman

 Nureddin arrived in New Zealand in 2008 from Ethiopia. Since then, he has worked hard to put himself through Victoria University of Wellington where he gained a Masters degree in International Relations, started a small business with his wife and served as Chair of the African Community Council.

Nureddin is driven by service to the community and is a Wellington City Councillor for the Southern ward. His priorities as a councillor include affordable housing, investment in water infrastructure and action on climate change.

He is a keen football fan and a devoted father of three children.

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Chris Roberts

Chris has lived in Te Whanganui-a-Tara for 30 years. He has a BA from the University of Waikato and began his working life as a radio journalist. From senior roles at Radio NZ, he went on to work at Parliament and then management positions in the energy sector, before joining Tourism New Zealand as a General Manager. From 2014 until early 2022, Chris was Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

Tourism 2025 & Beyond – A Sustainable Growth Framework, and the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment are two guiding frameworks that TIA produced under Chris’s leadership. Chris has had extensive governance experience over several decades. He currently holds governance positions with MBIE, Victoria University of Wellington, the Hospitality Training Trust, and the Central Otago District Council.

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Marie Long

 Marie is an accomplished executive leader and operation manager with over 30 years' experience working in New Zealand’s conservation system. She has a strong drive for ensuring all parts of the conservation system are effective, including the role zoos and aquariums play.

Marie champions the relationship between the importance of achieving nature positive and growing healthy and sustainable communities. Her focus is to ensure business and nature protection go hand in hand.

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Strategic Management Team

Chief Executive

Karen Fifield MNZM


Karen has been the Chief Executive of Wellington Zoo since 2006 and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit MNZM for Business and Animal Welfare.

Karen is the President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). She was previously the Chair of the WAZA Sustainability Sub-Committee and Chair of the WAZA Ethics and Animal Welfare Committee, President of the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia, Chair of Netball Wellington Centre and a member of the NZ Sustainable Business Council Advisory Committee. 

Karen was 2010 Wellingtonian of the Year in the Environment category. Karen was a finalist in both the 2014 and 2015 Westpac/Fairfax Media NZ Women of Influence Awards in the Social Enterprise category and the Board and Management category respectively.

Karen uses the pronouns she/her. 

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Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Warsaw

Daniel has a passion for saving wildlife and wild places and he is particularly interested in the isolated island ecologies of both New Zealand and Madagascar. Daniel is both a Board member and Treasurer of the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group (MFG) one of Wellington Zoo’s conservation partners, helping to protect the rich biodiversity of eastern Madagascar. A member of the WAZA Membership Committee and ZAA Ethics Committee, Daniel is dedicated to the practical application of animal welfare science and world leading animal care. Daniel is passionate about applying sound business strategy and techniques to create sustainable change for the Zoo as a social enterprise. In 2015 Daniel was a finalist for New Zealand Young Executive of the Year and he has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Massey University. Prior to working with Wellington Zoo, Daniel had a fifteen-year career in the banking sector. 

Daniel uses the pronouns he/him.

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Director Communication, Experience and Conservation

Amy Hughes

After starting at Wellington Zoo as Marketing and Communications Advisor in 2005, Amy has worked in various roles at Wellington Zoo covering learning, visitor experience, marketing and conservation and sustainability. She has overseen the experiential transformation of the Zoo over the last ten years alongside the physical development of the Zoo Capital Programme, of which Meet the Locals He Tuku Aroha was the last stage. She was a Finalist for Wellingtonian of the Year 2014 – Education. Amy is the regional representative for Australia and New Zealand on the International Zoo Educators Board of Directors and is an elected member on the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia )ZAA) Board.

Amy uses the pronouns she/her.

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Director Safety, Assets & Sustainability

Chris Jerram

Chris is responsible for the Asset Management, Maintenance, Health & Safety and Environmental Sustainability across all areas of the Zoo. Chris has worked at Wellington Zoo since 2011 starting as a Keeper across Herbivores, Carnivores and Reptiles for five years before moving into his current role. Chris brings his knowledge and experience from roading construction, construction site safety and asset management into his current role in the Zoo. Chris has a range of responsibilities from managing maintenance planning, capital development coordination, contract management and strategic development of the Asset Management Plan and Health & Safety action plan at Wellington Zoo. Chris values maintaining strong working relationships with the Zoo’s contractors and consultants and uses his experience and knowledge as a Keeper to deliver projects with positive outcomes for the Zoo’s staff, our visitors and the animals in our care.

Chris uses the pronouns he/him.

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