Teaghan Kirby

Teaghan, 17, is a student from Whangarei Girls' High School who has always had a passion for our planet and the creatures that live with in it. She loves all animals and is a keen horse-rider, riding since the age of two. Growing up, Teaghan could always be found enjoying the outdoors, whether competing in equestrian events, playing netball or following her grandad around the farm.

Teaghan is a member of the Whangarei Girls' High School environmental committee, global issues committee, and student council and has participated in many initiatives contributing to the betterment of people and the environment.

She has spoken at the Northern Regional Council of her experience at YELF in Nelson in 2016 and is passionate about getting Northland’s youth interested in sustainability. In January 2018, Teaghan attended the World Vision Senior Scholarship Week at the World Vision headquarters in Auckland where she and other students from around New Zealand learned about humanitarian aid and sustainable ways that human’s can lessen environmental impact.

Teaghan also had the privilege of being selected to sail the East Coast of Northland in 2017 aboard the R. Tucker Thompson tall ship where she participated in the Te Tai Tokerau Teams Challenge. On this voyage she enjoyed experiencing crew life and the beauty of New Zealand’s waters and is looking forward to learning more.