SAFE Speakers

Teachers and students using the Animals & Us education resources, or those simply interested in learning more about animal issues, are invited to take advantage of SAFE's group speakers. Speakers can address whatever size group seems appropriate a class, a Year, or simply a group of pupils who are interested in the topic.

SAFE speakers are now available to give talks at your school.

Marianne MacDonald | AUCKLAND
MSc (Marine Biology, Bangor University)

Marianne has worked in the United Kingdom and New Zealand as a paid and voluntary animal advocate for 20 years. She was involved in the school education programme for SAFE nine years ago and recently returned to give school talks as a SAFE volunteer. Marianne has a Certificate in Adult Education and four years' experience in teaching adults.


Luke Sullivan | AUCKLAND
BA (Hons), GradDipTchg (Secondary)

Luke works at Auckland Grammar School as a teacher of Latin and Classical Studies. After becoming vegan during his university studies, Luke has become increasingly involved in a range of animal rights organisations, and now joins SAFE as an educational speaker.


Lynley Tulloch | HAMILTON
(University of Waikato)
BA (Dip. Montessori), MEd (Massey University)

Lynley Tulloch is a Lecturer in Education and PhD candidate at the University of Waikato where she teaches in Environmental and Sustainability Education. Educated in the New Zealand, Lynley's research and publication interests have been concerned with issues of the relationship between humans and other animals, environmental and sustainability education, children's connection with nature and critical theory. Lynley was also a Montessori kindergarten teacher before beginning her lecturing position at the University of Waikato in 2005. Lynley has always felt an affinity with animals and knowing they are suffering has motivated her to volunteer for SAFE so she can speak out for them. Animals cannot speak in a language that humans can understand easily - but they still speak! Are we trying to listen and learn their language or do we turn the other way? If we tried to listen we could learn so much about the mysteries of life and about ourselves as well - as we are all 'earthlings', of equal worth and importance.



Michèle Lacroix | NELSON
MA (Ethnology, German and Spanish Language and Literature, University of Cologne, Germany)

Michèle has a background in language teaching and journalism, and immigrated to New Zealand six years ago. During her time here she has worked as a driver/guide and has become increasingly interested in animal farming and welfare in New Zealand. Michèle is a vegan and lives with two pigs, two dogs, two cats and a cockatoo - hence her interest in human-animal relationships. She is also focused on bringing more awareness to the connection between intensive animal farming and its consequences for global warming.


Nichola Kriek | CHRISTCHURCH
BA (Geography, Victoria University) BMus (Music, Victoria University) Dip Teach (Wellington College of Education)

Nichola is SAFE's education officer and co-creator of the popular SAFE Animals & Us education programme. She has worked in the field of animal rights/welfare education since 1994. In that time Nichola has spoken with hundreds of school groups, produced and published Pawprint, a popular children's magazine, and run numerous events for young people: (animal-friendly holiday programmes, beach clean-ups and fundraising). She trained as a secondary school teacher at the Wellington College of Education in 1991.



Hans is SAFE's executive director and New Zealand's most outspoken animal advocate. He immigrated to New Zealand from the Netherlands in 1985 and has spent the majority of the last 25 years campaigning for animals. During this time Hans has been interviewed on virtually every topic pertaining to the rights of animals, incluing factory farming, bloodsports, animal experimentation, the use of animals in entertainment, environmental issues and vegetarianism. He is a leading and compelling voice for animals.


Dr Tanja Schwalm | CHRISTCHURCH
PhD (University of Canterbury)

Tanja has published on the representation of animals and human-animal relationships in magical realist fiction, and in circuses. Tanja is a vegan and has been a SAFE volunteer since 2002