Mary Hayek-Williams, Trustee

Mary has a background in science, studying physics and astrophysics. She lived in Australia while working on her PhD before moving to Berlin to work as an astronomer. After the birth of her daughter she left astronomy and the family moved back to New Zealand in 2014. It was there that her daughter developed a keen interest in butterflies – and through that, Mary’s passion was stirred.

With the MBNZT, she hopes to use her science and data analysis background to help preserve our ecological heritage for future generations.

She is also a keen gardener-in-training and loves to bring science and nature together for kids and adults alike.