Our Team


Rebbecca has experience helping business leaders implement tools and frameworks for a more resilient and restorative future while increasing the engagement of stakeholders.

Clients sit across multiple industries. Her credentials include Green Star Accredited Practitioner (GSAP), Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Practitioner (ISAP), a certified verifier for sustainability with the Golf Environment Organisation, also, the New Zealand and Australian Third-Party Verifier (3PV) for Declare.

With more than a decade of practical experience in assessments, implementation, management, analysis and communication, Rebbecca is able to enable you and your organisation towards a sustainable and resilient future.  

  • Current Candidate for Master of Professional Practice (Otago Polytechnic) 

  • Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice (Otago Polytechnic)

  • Diploma in Environment & Sustainability (The Open Polytechnic)

  • Certificate in Business Studies (Massey University)

  • Green Star Accredited Professional 'GSAP' (NZ Green Building Council)

  • Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional 'ISAP' (Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia)

  • GEO Certified Accredited Verifier

  • Declare 3PV (Third Party Verifier - NZ & Australia)

Qualifications & Certifications


Director | Principal Consultant

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Environmental & Sustainability Assistant

Chontelle is a Taupo local who left the Tourism and Hospitality industry where she worked for over ten years in search of a new career path that aligns with her interests for the environment.


From a young age, she has been fortunate enough to experience the great outdoors whether it be hunting, fishing, trekking or sightseeing. This is where she found her passion for Papatuanuku which lead her to environmental studies as a mature student.


Her qualifications include a Certificate in Environmental Management, two New Zealand Diplomas in Applied Science and currently looking at papers towards her Bachelor's Degree. Chontelle looks forward to improving the quality of our natural resources for our future generations to come.

Qualifications & Certifications

  • Diploma in Applied Science (Environment) 

  • Certificate in Environmental Management

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Ankitha Itty


Ever wondered what science and sustainability have in common?  Just have a chat with our Technical Sustainability Assistant - Ankitha!


She brings the big guns when it comes to science, chemistry, data analysis and research at Green Start.  These things are all increasingly necessary when working with climate change, innovation, regulation, legislation changes, and auditing processes. What is most important, however, is that Ankitha authentically believes in the mahi she is doing. 

When she is not working with the Green Start team to make the work a better place, you will find Ankitha cooking incredible food, dreaming of travelling again and reading voraciously.  

  • Bachelors in Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering

  • Post Graduate in Environmental Science

Qualifications & Certifications


Max O'Hara

Marketing & Digital Communications Intern

Watch this space!

Qualifications & Certifications

  • 3rd year student studying a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing and Digital Business.

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  • Quality control - food

  • Door watcher and hand sniffer

Qualifications & Certifications

Shade is our resident rescue dog; abandoned during the first lockdown; she is now a regular occupant in the office.