School speakers available
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 school speakers.
SAFE speakers are now available to give talks at your school. Our speakers are able to talk on a range of engaging subjects.
Speakers can address whatever size group seems appropriate: a class, a Year, or simply a group of pupils who are interested in the topic.
NOTE: SAFE speakers are only available in certain areas.
How to book a guest speaker
1) Check the list of regions below to see if we have speakers available near you.
2) Select a topic from the list of subjects available.
3) Click here to send an email to SAFE's education officer, Nichola Kriek.
Please include the following details:
- Your school and contact details
- Date you would like the speaker to visit
- Topic you are interested in
- Age and number of students
• Palmerston North
• Talking Animal Rights
• Factory Farming in New Zealand (sow stalls and battery cages)
• Social Justice - A Case Study (LovePigs campaign)
• Animals in Experiments
• Animals in Entertainment (under construction)
Some of our speakers have specialist qualifications and experience and may, on special request, be able to give a presentation in their particular area of expertise.
Is there a cost?
This is a free service, however a donation towards travel costs is appreciated.
SAFE is committed to creating a strong and effective national education programme.
ANIMALS & US
Teaching and learning with an animal focus.
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BOOK A SPEAKER and hear more about SAFE's new campaigns!
With the launch of two new campaigns ‘Stop Factory Farming' and ‘GoVeg' SAFE has created two brand new talks! Find out how you can book a speaker in your area.
The aim of the Stop Factory Farming campaign is to bring about real change - to stop cruel farming practices for good. The campaign's goal is to awaken the New Zealand public to the horrors that animals endure each day on intensive farms. Millions of New Zealand farm animals live miserable and severely restricted lives where they are kept en masse indoors in cages, crates or densely packed barns.
The Stop Factory Farming campaign hopes that the New Zealand public will vote with their wallets and hearts and boycott factory-farmed products, thus reducing the numbers of animals kept in these barbaric conditions.
Our Go Veg campaign underpins one of the key SAFE philosophies, which is to value the lives of all non-human animals. This campaign not only explains why animals matter, it also gives evidence on the impact our consumption of animals has on the environment and our health. Finally, it provides tips and suggestions on how you can make the switch to a veg diet.
Contact SAFE education officer Nichola Kriek for information on how you can make a booking: email@example.com.
Marianne MacDonald 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.
Lynley Tulloch (University of Waikato) B.A., Dip. Montessori., M.Ed. (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.
Dr Mary Murray (Warwick University) PhD (Glasgow University)
Mary Murray is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Massey University where she coordinates the paper Animals and Society. Educated in the United Kingdom, Mary taught at universities in Scotland, England and Ireland before coming to New Zealand
Mary's research and publication interests have been wide-ranging, spanning gender, historical sociology, social theory, death and dying, emotion, myth, dreams, and, in recent years, the relationship between humans and other animals.
Michèle Lacroix 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 (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 for 16 years. 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 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, including 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 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.
Lorraine first came to appreciate and love animals as a child on the family farm - cows and calves, dogs and cats, and chooks and ducks as well as birds and other wild animals. She strongly believes animals deserve to be treated with respect and kindness and is concerned that many animal farming practices, particularly factory farming, fall radically short of this ethical yardstick. Lorraine is a librarian and one of the SAFE Oamaru co-coordinators and is currently studying Humane Education. She is a lifelong vegetarian/vegan who enjoys observing wildlife on long rambling walks.