The Green Lab is a small organisation with a big heart. Our team is comprised of four part-time permanent staff and a whānau of skilled contractors. We are a registered charity with a governance board.

Operations Team

Khye Headshot

Khye Hitchcock

they/them, Tangata Tiriti
Programme Director

Khye joined The Green Lab in late 2018, and has been at the helm since early 2020. Khye’s facilitation, project management, and strategic skills have  been honed over a decade in creative and community focussed non-profits. They have a Masters in Fine Art, (University of Auckland 2012) and have held various curatorial roles including at Artspace Aotearoa, SCAPE Public Art, and Toi Moroki CoCA. They are interested in generosity, and collaborative and experimental modes of practice which prioritise community and wellbeing over profit. Khye was Co-Chair of rainbow youth advocacy organisation, Qtopia between 2019-2020. From time to time, Khye also works with Te Pūtahi – Centre for Architecture and Citymaking, with Creative New Zealand, and as an independent producer/curator. 

Khye was raised between Whanganui and the UK, has lived in Osaka and Auckland, and has called Ōtautahi home since 2015. You can read more about their motivation here. Khye lives with their partner Siobhan, son Jamie, bestie, Audrey, and their needy cat, Pusspuss. They love being outdoors, cooking, and time with whānau.

Katie Hallam

Katie Hallam

she/her, Tangata Tiriti
Communications Manager
When Katie joined The Green Lab in 2021, Khye suggested to her that, ‘it really is the perfect job for you’. Katie was involved with community and environmental activism before completing a BA Hons in Film and English Literature in 2007. Katie has a conscientious approach to communications and has used these skills exclusively for non-profits, including The Conservation Volunteers (a charity working to connect people and green spaces), a children’s health charity and the magnificent YSP. In 2015, she came to Aotearoa with her whānau, became Communications Manager for  CoCA Toi Moroki and opened her heart and mind to the creative and cultural landscape of a new country. Katie took a break  in 2018-2021 to work as a gardener, develop a creative practice and take care of her young tamariki. Katie also works part time for her local Oxford Gallery and is training to be a Volunteer Firefighter. 

Kaela Metz

she/her, Tangata Tiriti  
Accounts and Funding Coordinator

Kaela joined The Green Lab in early 2021 to contribute her skills and experience in finances and fundraising for non-profit organisations. Having worked and volunteered in community based groups like Youthline, The Women’s Centre and Project Lyttelton over the last 15 years, she has a real passion for wellbeing and ensuring that everyone has a voice and place within their community. Kaela was born and raised in sunny Tauranga, spent time living and working in Australia and has now called Ōtautahi home for 15 years. Aside from her mahi at The Green Lab, Kaela immerses herself in a creative practice of fine arts, finding joy and peace in designing and creating sustainable, colourful collage pieces.

Tom Phillpotts

he/him, Tangata Tiriti
Build Lead (Contractor)

Tom first joined The Green Lab in August 2021 to help get Understory at the Arts Centre across the line. He is a part-time carpenter, spending the rest of his time dedicated to creating electronic music in his studio. He has a Bachelor of Music in Composition. Tom has worked with artists to create large public sculptures such as Wood for the Trees by Regan Gentry (formerly opposite C1 cafe) and Te Ao Marama by Chris Reddington (formerly on the Sumner Esplanade). Most of his current carpentry work is in theatre set construction. Tom is a student of Zen Buddhism and volunteers as chair of the Society of Mountains and Rivers Order of Zen, NZ Inc.

Lisa  Terenteva

she/her, Tangata Tiriti
Resident Plant Person

Lisa joined The Green Lab in 2021; she reached out to us seeking community and offering her skills with indoor plants. After a short period of volunteering proved her skillset invaluable, Lisa became The Green Lab’s resident plant person. Originally  from Russia, Lisa has a degree  in Environmental Engineering from Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering and also has a Certificate in Critical Alignment Yoga Therapy Teaching. You’ll see Lisa around our pop up projects minding the space, caring for the plants, and propagating our collection.
Rik Livermore

Rik Livermore

they/them, Tangata Tiriti
Events and Understorey Host

Sam Hitchens

she/her/ia, Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou
Whare Tīhau and Understorey Host

Sam Hitchens is a speaker and student of te reo Māori who is passionate about creating accessible opportunities for her people to connect with their reo rangatira. Having begun her own journey of language reclamation as an adult, she is familiar with the challenges learners face and recognises the need for safe spaces in which to practice and find community. Sam is also a musician and vocal coach, currently providing Māori pronunciation support for singers while completing her Bachelor of Māori Language and Indigenous Studies at Te Puna Wānaka, Ara.

Siobhan Tumai

she/her/ia, Tainui: Ngāti Naho, Ngāti Pōu
Whare Tīhau, Understorey Host, Cultural Advisor

Siobhan Tumai is a wāhine takatāpui who centers tikanga, me ngā mātauranga Māori within her professional practices. Siobhan provides manaakitanga in adaptive ways which allow space for growth. She is a passionate advocate for indigenous and queer communities and strives towards creating safer spaces for all marginalised identities. Siobhan has an Honours Degree in Cultural Studies – her study included Māori and Indigenous studies and human services.

Our Board

Karen Long

she/her
Chair 

Karen joined The Green Lab in March 2021 and has been Chair since November 2021. She brings her extensive experience as a Chartered Accountant and is a plant enthusiast. This is Karen’s third governance role and she is excited to lead and grow the important mahi and kaupapa of the Board and The Green Lab. Originally from England, Karen has lived in Ōtautahi for the last decade with her husband and two small dogs. She enjoys relaxing with her family and friends when she isn’t working.

Lex Davis

he/him, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi
Board Member

Ko wai au? He uri tēnei nō Te Rarawa. Hokianga te moana. Ngāi Tūpoto te hapū. Nō Ōtautahi ināianei. Tihei mauri ora!
Lex is delighted to be part of a board with the community empowering  kaupapa of The Green Lab. He has also held governance roles in Kahukura Pounamu Charitable Trust, Digital Identity NZ, school Boards  and the Post Primary Teachers’ Association. He is particularly passionate about the role of tangata whenua and underserved communities and seeks to privilege their voice.  He is lucky enough to be able to work towards building equity in his current professional work with CORE Education. His previous roles have led him to the UK, Cook Islands and Auckland and he loves travel, food and local cultures.

Layling Stanbury

she/her
Board Member

Layling joined TGL in 2021 to, in her words, “tell everyone to plant more native trees”! Born and raised in Ōtautahi, she has a BSc in Zoology, which fueled a passion for restoring native ecosystems. She is a committee member of Greening the Red Zone, and when she’s not doing it voluntarily, has the privilege of getting paid to plant native trees and kill invasive weeds. In her spare time she makes terrariums in bottles, which are for sale in Understory. She is the most liberal feminist Christian she’s ever met, and is passionate about human rights for all minorities, especially her fellow queer peeps. 

Liam O'Shea

he/him
Board Member

Liam joined the Green Lab in 2021 as a board member and brings his 10 years of experience as a Chartered Accountant. Liam currently works as Business Advisor with Kendons where he works closely with small and medium sized business, advising and working with clients to achieve their goals. Liam is originally from Invercargill but comes to Christchurch via Dunedin and Sydney. Outside of involvement with the Green Lab and work, Liam loves getting out into the hills of Canterbury to go tramping and hanging out with his partner, Briar and Pug, Fergus.
Duncan Sloss, The Green Lab team

Duncan Sloss

he/him
Board Member

Duncan joined the Green Lab (then Greening the Rubble) in 2013 as a volunteer and joined the board in 2015. He had a stint as Treasurer and bookkeeper. Originally from Oxford (UK), migrated to NZ in 1997 and is now an NZ citizen. Now retired after a long career with computers, starting with the ones that filled a room, he does the odd bit of bookkeeping for local charities and volunteers as Postmaster-General in the community Postshop on Stanmore Road every Friday. Loves cooking and adventuring in the Red Zone.

Tamara Polglase

she/her
Board Member

Tamara joined the Green Lab in early 2022. This is her first governance role, and she is excited to learn and grow alongside the Green Lab. Tamara has six years’ experience working in public policy areas including climate change, local government, and the community and voluntary sector. She is passionate about working to centre community wellbeing within these spaces. In her spare time, Tamara loves to spend time with whānau and friends, go exploring, and is currently learning to surf.

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