Fiona Douglas is a scientist, teacher, community leader, artist and passionate activist for arts and the environment.
Fiona’s original training is scientific, having completed both a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Adelaide University in 1986 and a Post Graduate Diploma of Agriculture at University of Queensland in 1988. She has worked as an agronomist, lectured in Biology, Botany and Environmental Science and worked for the Department of Conservation in Australia as an education officer.
Alongside her scientific and teaching activities, Fiona also has a strong background in teaching within, and leading, youth arts organisations. She successfully co-founded and led the Whangarei Community Circus Trust, and Sistema Whangarei-Toi Akorangi (an organisation dedicated to bringing orchestral music training to local youth). She has worked as a musical director and conductor for youth bands and theatrical productions, supported young people with special needs in Centro Arco Iris’, Peru, and run art, song and yoga classes with children in Kalimpong, West Bengal.
With foundational training in a number of artistic disciplines including fine arts, design, Maori Arts and video production Fiona is able to work across a number of mediums. Her personal artistic practice includes creating documentaries on environmentally related subjects such as the recovery of the Pateke (NZ Brown Teal) as well as painting and whakairo (carving).
A passion for sustainability and holistic environmental practices has led Fiona to train in dowsing and earth energies, Maori plant use and vernacular house design. She has run tours through Victorian (Australian) National parks and is a co-guardian (along with Mark, her husband, and three grown up children) of 26 hectares of native bushland regrowth on the Fleurieu Peninsular in South Australia. Current projects include instituting a butterfly garden in Whangarei and supporting the reintroduction of the Kokako to the Whangarei District.