Pippa Halliday studied Food Technology at Massey University, where she was a member of the Vice Chancellor’s Academic Merit List. Her honours project looked at how to utilise the waste stream of New Zealand wine production, grape pomace. During a semester abroad in Ireland she studied the sustainability, both environmental and socio-economic, of healthy eating on our planet.
Her passion for New Zealand’s flora and fauna was instilled from a young age, where the importance of conservation was highlighted in all areas of her hobbies, including tramping, skiing, sailing and orienteering. She was awarded her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and Queen’s Scout award, where she spent time volunteering on Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington building paths for DOC, running trapping lines in the Eastbourne hills, completing Coast to Coast and collectively raising $14,000 for charity in a relay swim across the length of Lake Taupo.
She now works for Goodman Fielder and is involved in several projects in the Research and Development team looking at reducing plastic and food waste. She is in training to become a volunteer guide on Tiritiri Matangi Island, a predator free island in the Hauraki Gulf. Pippa hopes to use the knowledge and conservation experience she gains during her time as a Blake Ambassador in Dusky Sound to educate others and apply to other conservation initiatives closer to home.