Our Walking Guides and AmbassadorsIntroducing some of the amazing people guiding your walks
Emma runs a wedding and portrait studio on Waiheke Island. Over the years her work has evolved into three different areas of expertise; the local portrait market which is focused on laid-back lifestyle portraiture capturing people and their connections with each other with a natural ease; the wedding market, where Emma’s relaxed professional manner and award winning imagery make her highly sought after; and her personal art projects, where she engages the photographic medium to produce evocative imagery of a variety of subjects and themes, frequently exhibiting these pieces in one man shows and group exhibitions.
Writer, archaeologist, historian and cookbook enthusiast, Dave is based on Auckland’s North Shore.
David Veart was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1950, descendant of an early military family. Trained as an anthropologist, he worked as a Department of Conservation historian and archaeologist for over twenty-five years. An expert on various Auckland landmarks of historical or archaeological significance, he is well-known for his public guided walks of these areas, about which he has also written film scripts and narrated interpretative films.
Veart is author of First Catch Your Weka: A Story of New Zealand Cooking (AUP, 2008) and Digging up the Past: Archaeology for the Young and Curious (AUP, 2011).
Ian is the Chair, Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust. He has been extensively involved with the Waiheke Walking Festival since the Trust began governing the event in 2013.
Ian has been a keen walker since childhood and enjoyed the classic English walk to the pub for lunch and wild wet walks along the coastline over many years – the introduction of vineyard lunches as an alternative to pub lunches on some of the walks during the Waiheke Walking Festival makes perfect sense!
He is looking forward to leading a couple of hikes around the Te Whau area again this year as well as exploring some new parts of the Island. Ian enjoys the opportunity the Festival gives to show off Conservation programmes in practice, meet like minded people and keep fit all at the same time.
Herbal Health Waiheke has a passion for helping people find balance and optimal health through the use of herbal medicine, clinical nutrition and dietary and lifestyle strategies.
Helen Elscot ND is a qualified medical herbalist, naturopath and clinical nutritionist and a member of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists.
As a consulting health professional, Helen uses her experience and expertise to help families and individuals improve their health and wellbeing by using nature-based medicines and foods.
What makes the Walking Festival so enjoyable each year is the chance to meet up with a wide range of people all eager to see more of this beautiful island. I look forward to sharing some hidden gems with you – there is more to Waiheke than meets the eye.
Phillipa has a career in photography spanning 30 years, from professionally photographing weddings, families and portraits, to teaching, and lastly (and maybe most importantly) enjoying personal creative work across landscape and portrait genres.
She loves taking selected images to the level of fine art in post production using various software programmes and her work is often described as classic, standing the test of time.
Nature Lover, Coach, Yoga Teacher, Mother, Wife, Friend.
Practicing Yoga for 30 years and sharing the wisdom of Hatha Yoga, Hormone Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness in a yurt on Waiheke, I have added UP coaching to my repertoire – a system to un-limit people’s potential on their way towards balance, vitality and excellence.
Mary has been exploring the bays and hills of Waiheke for over 50 years and has stories to tell of the people and places that her family has seen over the previous two generations living in Orapiu. Join her for a fun and informative exploration of her natural habitat as she joins and guides walks for the fourth year running.
Mary is a third generation family from the bottom end of Waiheke. For past 4 years she has taken leave to volunteer in all aspects for the success of the walking festival.
Linda is a former corporate slave from the UK who saw the light and moved to NZ in 2007. She loves Waiheke and all the outside life it has to offer. She and her dog Milo are often to be found out on the beaches and trails around the island.
International Nordic Walking Federation Coach, NZ National Nordic Walking Coach, Registered Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach and the Recipient of the NZ Fitness Awards – Community Excellence 2014.
From its inception, June has been instrumental in developing Nordic Walking in NZ.
I have lived at Awaawaroa Village for 20 years. I run a plant nursery here, growing native plants and fruit trees. Awaawaroa is a source of delight to me, particularly its native flora and fauna. I get a great deal of enjoyment out of watching this place revert to a natural wilderness. I look forward to sharing it with you.
I’m a project person who embraces technology and people, to facilitate positive transformation in a fast-changing world. In 2008 I co-founded Ooooby, In 2013 I started Food Forest NZ. This year I ran the Beyond Organic NZ Tour, and in Feb next year I’ll run the Six-Figure Farming Tour.
Gary came to Waiheke in 2002 to run the island’s trails. Now he knows them better than anyone. For the last ten years he’s been managing Waiheke’s parks and walkways, creating the walking festival, the Te Ara Hura walkway and relaying the stories that make the island special. Lucky guy.