George Hobson

Communications Coordinator

George is an avid birder and wildlife photographer. He spends most of his time either out birding, taking photos of nz birds, teaching other young people about birds and conservation or working at Zealandia Ecosanctuary in Karori, Wellington as a "Youth Ambassador" guiding school groups through the sanctuary.

George is the Communications Coordinator for YBNZ. He manages all internal and external comms for the organisation. If you send us an email, chances are he’ll reply!



Michael Burton-Smith

Magazine Editor

Michael Burton-Smith has loved birds since he was six years old. Now he’s 17. He’s a fairly competitive birder, and currently a joint holder of the New Zealand young birders ‘big day’ record. He also keep year lists and, when in Wellington, enjoys some hour offs, big days and identification challenges with George.

Michael's job at YBNZ is editor, so he does quite a bit of the writing for the magazine and arranges people’s articles.


Eleanor Gunby

Events Coordinator

Eleanor is a 18 year old birder from Christchurch. Her favourite places to go birding are the Ashley Estuary and Lake Ellesmere, where she enjoys tracking down waders. Her favourite bird is the Kaka, and the latest bird she’s added to her life list is an Erect-crested Penguin, which was moulting in Kaikoura.

Eleanor’s role as events coordinator involves organising and overseeing any event the organisation holds. While not many at the moment, she’s working on holding more events throughout the country!


Joe Dillon

Team Member

A 16 year old birder-come-conservationist, Joe Dillon lives in the Waikato town of Cambridge. This is where his birding patch - Te Ko Utu Lake - can be found. Having been a birder for roughly 3 years, Joe has always been passionate about wildlife. Currently, he has a life list of over 120 species.

Joe's job at Young Birders New Zealand is a writer, piecing together articles for some of our magazines.


Oscar Thomas

Graphic Designer & Contributor

 Oscar was assimilated into the ornithological world at age 10, after a school trip to the local island sanctuary, Tiritiri Matangi. His favourite species is the Kōkako, and he finds it' haunting sound and ghostly form fascinating

Now at 16, Oscar has observed over 160 bird species in New Zealand, and he plans to search for many more.

Oscar assists in graphic design and photography for Young Birders New Zealand.

Adi-Grace Mooar

Team member

Adi is a 16 year old from Raglan in the Waikato. She is passionate about birding and conservation, volunteering for Karioi Maunga doing trap lines. She enjoys birding and exploring around the more remote parts of Raglan Harbour.

Her involvement with YBNZ is as a writer.