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.
David Nyika is a professional boxer, having won two golds as an amateur for New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games, and a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where he represented New Zealand and carried the nation's flag in the opening ceremony.
Passionate about animal welfare, David was born and raised in Hamilton, and is a long-time supporter of SPCA in the local area. Over the past two years, he and partner Jasmine have been part of the valued team of SPCA volunteers, fostering countless puppies and kittens before they were ready for adoption. David loves all animals, but is a self-confessed “dog person,” something that goes down well with his beloved Springer Spaniel, George, playfully known as "the dog father" for the patriarchal role he assumes with all the foster animals!
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.”
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 Spud (a three-legged cat he adopted from SPCA!) and Black Cat keeping him company between races back home in Auckland.
Former New Zealand Hockey Black Stick, Honor Carter, grew up on a large farm in Marlborough surrounded by animals. She adored all animals but had a particular love for horses after her mother both bred and competed them. Honor juggled both representative hockey and competitive show jumping on horses. She won the prestigious “New Zealand Pony of the Year” National Title in 1997 and was an integral player in the New Zealand Black Sticks Hockey team for 8 years. Honor is currently based in Auckland with her husband Dan and 3 young boys (Marco 7, Fox 5, Rocco 2) and their Swedish Vallhund dog called Herbie. As a long term supporter of the SPCA she is thrilled to become an ambassador to help them continue their work in protecting animals in need.
Journalist Chris Lynch is a trusted name in local news in Canterbury. He has been a loyal supporter of the SPCA for many years and hosts a regular animal video segment, which is filmed on location at the Christchurch SPCA Centre. The video is broadcast on his popular Facebook page, and the stars of the videos, the animals of course, usually find a forever home not long after the segment is uploaded.
Chris spends a lot of time socialising with his parents’ cat, Fanta, who thinks he’s a prince drinking water only from a wine glass. Chris says he’s delighted to be in a position to showcase not only SPCA animals up for adoption, but highlight and acknowledge the hard working staff and passionate volunteers.
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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.
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!