Jane Diplock, AO
Jane has been Chair of the Securities Commission since 3 September 2001. Originally from Sydney, she is now a New Zealander and is passionate about Wellington. In January 2003 Jane was appointed as an officer of the General Division of the Order of Australia. Jane loves the outdoors and whenever she can she escapes her busy town life in Wellington for her quieter country life in the Wairarapa.
“Wellington Zoo inspires me as a special place to understand our environment and the wildlife of the planet. I am an Ambassador for Wellington Zoo because I appreciate the important role that zoos have in transforming our perceptions of the environment and providing a way for us to strive towards a better future. Wellington Zoo, as a leader for a sustainable world, deserves the support of all Wellingtonians.”
Tana & Rochelle Umaga & Family
One of Wellington’s favourite sons, Tana Umaga, (ONZM) was All Blacks Captain from 2004 to 2005, also playing for his clubs Wellington and The Hurricanes. Tana led the All Blacks to a victorius tour against the British Lions in 2005. He was captain in 21 tests, of which 18 were won. Rochelle and Tana have four children. Although Tana and Rochelle and their children are currently based in France, they have pledged to support Wellington Zoo from afar.
“We love Wellington Zoo. We leave with happy memories and we always want to go back. There is so much to do and see and learn while still having fun. We support the Zoo and all it is doing to make Wellington a better place for Wellingtonians and their families and friends.”
Cameron has been GM at Park Road Post since February 2009. Prior to beginning an advertising career with Saatchi and Saatchi London, Cameron worked at the NZ Rugby Union. While at Saatchi’s London, Cameron worked as Account Director on Toyota. After a successful four years leading Toyota in London, he returned to the role of General Manager of Lowe in Auckland. He is married to Janelle and his two small sons are frequent visitors to the Zoo.
"I love the Zoo and have many fond childhood memories of being there with my parents. Being able to show my sons Finn and Oliver a real live giraffe, lion or tiger in our wonderful little City is truly brilliant. I support the Zoo for striving to educate us about wildlife and sustainability".
Merrilyn is a public sector health and social policy specialist who has worked with WHO in Geneva and the World Bank in Washington DC. She has lived in Europe, Middle East, North America, and Australia. Merrilyn is the Chair of the Diplomatic Ball Committee and a member of the Diplomatic Heads of Mission Spouses Group. Her husband is the Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand. She has lived in Wellington since March 2009 and is an avid learner golfer and patron of the arts.
“I have always loved animals and wherever we have lived with our three sons, we have been Friends of the local zoo. I am delighted to be assisting Wellington Zoo to be “The best little zoo in the world”!