Our Team

Dr. Liza Schneider

Position: Director, Veterinarian and Founding Trustee
Job: Guiding ARRC’s growth and development and providing veterinary care
Background: Having come from South Africa and being born into a family who is committed to and passionate about wildlife and conservation, it seemed inevitable that Liza would use her skills and knowledge to further her commitment here in New Zealand. Her gentle and kind way is always evident when helping animals. She does everything in her power to ensure that an animal has improved quality of life. Liza is also the founder, director and senior vet at Holistic Vets.


Sue Mackey

Position: Manager, Trustee
Job: Sue is responsible for the care of wildlife, our Community Cat Project, Adopt a Pet Programme, Kids Education Programme and managing all of ARRC’s activities. She is a very busy lady but takes everything in her stride with a smile on her face!
Background: With a background as a cattery and kennel owner, vet nurse and pharmacy manager Sue brings many diverse skills and a bubbly personality to ARRC. Sue has always had a deep love for animals and a passion for their well-being and the health of the environment. She is devoted to a high standard of care for the many birds and animals that come to ARRC as well as the people who look after them.


Christine Winehouse

Position: Trustee & Chairperson
Background: Chrissy Winehouse is an Accountant who runs a small firm in Tauranga. Fully Accountable is passionate about helping organisations with positive and genuine purposes and Chrissy in particular enjoys helping businesses succeed by adopting a holistic approach. She came to ARRC after becoming Holistic Vets Accountant and learning of the wonderful work done by Dr. Liza and her team. Since joining the team in 2011 Chrissy has loved watching ARRC grow and achieve milestones the team never thought possible. She particularly believes in ARRC’s environmental education goals, and hopes to see this become basic knowledge for our future generations. Her favourite part of working with ARRC is interacting with the team, as she is always keen for a good laugh and lively discussion.


Jody Beattie

Position: Trustee
Background: Jody has worked with ARRC since 2015 and is very passionate about ARRC’s mission and vision and the important role that we have in our community. She has always had a passion for animals and since working with Holistic Vets and ARRC she has developed a strong interest in wildlife rehabilitation and educating our community. Jody joined the board to help the trust move forward to effectively achieve our goals.

With many years’ experience in visual arts and having done her veterinary nursing certification, Jody aims to bring a wealth of knowledge and positive energy to ARRC’S board so that we can continue to teach the community about the environment and what it can do to help and protect our precious wildlife. She believes that we can and do make a big difference to many animals and people as well as our environment.


Chase Dargaville

Position: Education Co-Ordinator
Background: Chase is a qualified vet nurse and has a certificate animal management. He has had a passion for animals and helping others since he was young and since then has enjoyed learning and teaching about New Zealand’s unique species of wildlife.

After working as an ARRC volunteer for a few years, Chase stepped into the role of educating school kids to help them to understand the importance of looking after our environment and animals. Chase aims to bring new perspectives and help encourage our community to make a difference.

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