We are proud to partner with animal-loving New Zealanders from various disciplines, who strongly support SPCA's values and mission. SPCA Ambassadors are involved in our events, they raise funds, and they work alongside us to improve the lives of animals.
Fashion designer Karen Walker has been a dedicated SPCA ambassador since a very early age. “Throughout my school years I’d eagerly await SPCA collection week and door-knock diligently on behalf of those without knuckles and the ability to hold a plastic bucket” she says.
Since then, Karen’s company has always made SPCA their first charity of choice and have run many events to allow the Karen Walker community to help make a difference. Karen continues, “I’m delighted to now have a formal ambassadorship with SPCA and to continue to work with them, tirelessly, to protect and educate.”
Karen’s own home has seldom been without a pet and, in addition to its three human occupants, her house is, at present, home to 20,000 honey bees and one perfectly behaved Australian Labradoodle, Laika. “Whilst the bees are very useful ensuring there’s always Vogel’s toast with honey on the breakfast table, Laika’s main contribution to the household is complete and utter love with lashings of cuteness on the side. When it comes to tennis balls, Laika’s a gold medal level fetcher, an adroit mid-air catcher and, it’s safe to say, completely obsessed,” says Karen.
Jono Lester is a third-generation professional racing driver, born and raised in the Manawatu and now travelling the world competing with the crème de la crème of the automotive world including Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and McLaren.
Motorsport is Jono’s passion - and one he lives everyday - but that’s not all he is driven by in his life. As a lifelong animal lover, Jono is an advocate for animal welfare and marine conservation, making his role as a national SPCA Ambassador the perfect fit for a fun-loving Kiwi with a soft spot for our furry, cuddly companions. Jono loves all animals, but has a particular soft spot for cats, with Po and Black Cat keeping him company between races back home in Karaka, Auckland.
New Zealand born Actress and Host Kimberley Crossman is now living in America and working on ShowTime’s hit show SMILF. Kimberley started acting in New Zealand on the iconic drama Shortland Street when she was sixteen and is part of the successful comedy show Funny Girls that is taking the world by storm. Kimberley has a pet tarantula called Harry, two cavoodles who look exactly like her parents and a cat called Powder who loves walks around the neighborhood in his stroller!
Kim says, "I'm proud to be an SPCA Ambassador because I am passionate about helping and being a voice for those that don’t have one. Animals continue to amaze me and bring me joy every day. Finding forever homes for those animals who need love and care is a passion of mine and I am stoked to work with SPCA to help those animals in need and to give animals a real shot at having a happy life with loving caring families.”
Bella Henry and Herman the Minpin
Bella and Herman are the inseparable duo! They met for the first time two and a half years ago and the rest is history. When Herman is not out exploring, his hobbies consist of people watching from his seat on the windowsill, retrieving the squeakers fromhis toys,and his favourite hobby is trying to carry the stick that is simply too big back to the car. Bella works as a traveling makeup artist and skin care expert for Dior but in her spare time she only has one hobby and that is Herman. Since Herman was a puppy he has never been camera-shy and to no surprise he has now got a large following on Instagram with intentions of becoming a star!
Hannah is the loving mother of two (adorable) black miniature schnauzers. Monty and Blue love socialising with other dogs, running riot at the beach, cuddles on the couch and putting their heads out the window during long car drives. Hannah has always been an animal lover and animal welfare is something she is passionate about. She believes that being an SPCA Ambassador is a huge honour and she hopes her contribution can help to raise awareness and increase funding.
Art and Matilda Green
Art Green and Matilda Green (nee Rice) first met on our TV screens in 2015 on the first series of The Bachelor NZ. Since then they have got married, started a healthy ready-made meals company called Plate Up, and in 2019, welcomed their first child, Milo. Both Art and Matilda love animals and have grown up with them - Matilda having come from a horsey family that also loved cats, and Art growing up on a farm. Together they adopted two beautiful ragdoll cats in 2017 named Brian and Christine, and one day hope to be able to expand their property to be able to have lots more animals. Both Art and Matilda have been supporters of SPCA for a long time, so jumped at the chance to become ambassadors. They are really looking forward to helping spread the word on all the amazing work the SPCA do to help and protect our vulnerable animal friends.