Hawai'i conservation alliance

Ruud Kleinpaste

Ruud Kleinpaste

Born in Indonesia, then raised and educated in the Netherlands, Ruud Kleinpaste migrated to New Zealand in 1978 with an MSc (Hons) in silvicuture, animal ecology and conservation from Wageningen University. Entomology was always an important hobby that later became part of his main work activities and ultimately, his media persona: the Bugman. Ruud studied kiwi (New Zealand’s iconic bird) in Waitangi forest (in the far north of the country) and worked as scientist (entomology) with the Ministry of Agriculture (now Ministry for Primary Industries) for 14 years, before tackling the world of media, communication and consultancy on his own.

Newstalk ZB's Ruud's Awakening was a popular radio talk-back program for more than 27 years. Television programmes were numerous and varied over the past 35 years, with highlights Maggie's Garden Show, the children's programme What Now? and various series for Animal Planet and Discovery Channel (Buggin' with Ruud, etc). He is a regular magazine columnist on ecology, bugs and gardening and wrote a few books, while lecturing plant protection at UNITEC University of Technology in Auckland.

In 2008 the Waikato University (New Zealand) bestowed on him an Honorary Doctorate and in 2009 his alma mater University in Wageningen (the Netherlands) awarded him the prestigious prize of Outstanding Alumnus. He's a trustee of Project Crimson, Kiwis for kiwi, the Air New Zealand Environment Trust, Kids Restore New Zealand, the Omaha Shorebird protection Trust and patron of the Little Barrier Island Supporters Trust, the National Wetland Trust, as well as Trees for Survival, Southland Community Environment Trust and Wingspan. Of course… all these Trusts have a great common factor!

Environmental Education is becoming an increasingly important facet of his activities: "If we are serious about our Operating Space (the Planet) then we need to ensure that the younger generation are trained to become Science and Nature-literate". Ruud is championing Biodiversity, biosecurity and environmental education projects from Fiordland to Hawkes Bay (Cape to City) and Bay of Islands, engaging many communities in conservation and citizen science.

Try stopping him!

Access educational resources shared by Ruud Kleipaste here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yriv8zl4amyq62u/AACxLf5HOMG_5T6FFf9-e7maa?dl=0