Marianne has thirty years of experience working as an animal advocate both in the UK and Aotearoa.
She holds a Batchelor’s degree in Life Science, specialising in Ecology, from the University of West London and a Master’s in Marine Biology from Bangor University in north Wales.
Marianne ran her own business for over 20 years in Auckland, as a Neuromuscular Therapist and Mind Coach. She spent four years as a Therapeutic Massage Diploma tutor at Wellpark College and worked for three years as the Executive Officer of industry body Massage New Zealand.
She has worked with several animal organisations including as a researcher and campaigner for the National Anti-Vivisection Society in London, and as a Campaigns Manager and then Head of Campaigns with SAFE for Animals. Marianne also spent seven years on the governance board of SAFE.
Mona has a background in political campaigning. She has worked on four election campaigns for the Green Party in New Zealand and Australia.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Policy, and in 2019 completed a Certificate of Proficiency in Animal Law.
As an animal welfare campaigner, Mona worked directly with the legal team who won a ban on farrowing crates at the High Court. She assisted with research, Statement of Claim and witness statements in that case. She also worked on the live export petition in 2019 that received over 30,000 signatures in support of ban.
Animals Aotearoa board and advisor
Dr Roz Holland, Veterinary Science Advisor
Mandy Carter, Ex Global Head of Campaigns of Compassion in World Farming
Thank you for helping Animals Aotearoa!
A huge thank you to the Centre for Effective Altruism Animal Welfare Fund for grants awarded for 2021, 2022 and 2023.
A huge thank you to the Open Wing Alliance for grants awarded for 2021, 2022 and 2023.
Thank you to Farmwatch for investigating the conditions on factory farms and allowing us to use their footage and images.
Thank you to photographer Jinki Cambronero for allowing us to use her beautiful animal photos on our website and social media channels.
Thank you to the Altruistic Agency for ongoing tech support.
Thank you to Rowan Lund who interned for us for four months in 2022.
Thank you to Gerrah Selby of Rebel Design for creating our logo.
Thank you to Matthew Ariano of Neat Photography for graphic design work on the A-team graphic.
Thank you to Ashwini Chaskar for a website audit via the Community Comms Collective.
Thank you to Alf Jamieson of Media5 for providing digital billboards.
Thank you to Sentient Media for training in writing for Search Engine Optimisation and a website audit.
N.B. Animals Aotearoa is separate from Animal Agenda Aotearoa, which does excellent work putting animals on the political agenda and helping voters make informed choices on animal issues in elections.