Deidre Vercoe


Deidre Vercoe holding a takahē. Photo: Andrew DigbyDeidre holds everything and everyone together as the Conservation Services Manager for Takahē Recovery.  When the going gets tough…see Deidre!

Having joined the Department of Conservation in 2002 as a kākāpō ranger, Deidre is no stranger to the challenges of isolated environments and long days out in all weather, all in the name of threatened species management.

In 2013, following a departmental restructure, Deidre took on the challenge of managing not one, but two complex endangered species programmes as the Conservation Services Manager for Kākāpō and Takahē.

These days she’s mainly found chasing emails and meetings – but relishes the opportunities to work alongside the team on any aspects of Takahē Recovery.  “My role in the team keeps me absolutely flat out busy, but it’s a rewarding challenge, helping to steer the direction for both recovery programmes – and the team is simply awesome to work with!”



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