Since graduating with a Masters degree in environmental science focussed on freshwater ecology, Patricia has been teaching students of all ages environmental education. She has worked as an educator at the University of Auckland, Papa Taiao Earthcare. She is currently the National Coordinator for Whitebait Connection, where she teaches freshwater education to students of various ages.
Patricia has whakapapa connections to Ngāpuhi and is passionate about incorporating mātauranga Māori and te ao Māori values associated with te taiao and wai Māori in her teaching. She has a lot of experience educating and working with marae and hapū groups and has previously worked for Te Uri O Hau Settlement Trust in their environmental team.
Patricia loves combining her passions for freshwater ecology and education and can help teachers develop meaningful and engaging experiential education practices in their local environment. She has assisted many teachers and students in learning a variety of topics linked to freshwater environments and supported them in undertaking a variety of actions, including – fish and macroinvertebrate monitoring, riparian restoration, water quality monitoring, inanga spawning habitat restoration and SHMAK kit training and monitoring.