The Valley Project builds community connections and promotes the wellbeing of local families and whanau. We are a community-led development project based here in North East Valley, Dunedin.

Meet our Valley Project team.

Jen Rodgers

Valley Project Manager

Jen joined the Valley Project team after being an Enviro schools Facilitator for Dunedin.  She is active in working with communities to increase knowledge of biodiversity and climate issues.  She is passionate about the Valley community and all of the great events/opportunities we offer to our people.  She has a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice.  She currently sits on the Otago Conservation Board. 


Liam Dell

Community Development Co-ordinator

Liam came aboard the Valley Project after several years of not-for-profit and charity advocacy, as well as work in the harm-reduction and mental health sectors. He is passionate about communication and community advocacy and loves the diversity of the people and nature of the Valley. He has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management and Economics, A Bachelor of Arts in History and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education. He was formerly the lower South Island Regional Co-ordinator for KnowYourStuff NZ and is a musician, sportsman, and event manager. Liam would love to meet with you and create opportunities for connection wherever they can be found.

Clare Cross

Community Engagement Coordinator (Open VUE)

Clare has been a part of the Valley Project since the inception of the Open valley Urban Ecosanctuary (VUE) project in 2017. She has been involved in connecting the community with nature, be it through community events or visiting schools. She is currently working on a Lindsay Creek River Regeneration programme. She has a Master of Science in Zoology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Wildlife Management from the University of Otago.

Krysha Brzuza

Valley Voice Editor & Hub Support

Krysha hails from Southern California where she earned degrees in fine art, multimedia design, and media arts.  She's been active in the field of digital design across both hemispheres for over 14 years, eight of which were within the Workplace Wellness industry, and seven while a Dunedin resident.  Through school, family, work, and play, she is well ingrained in the northern Dunedin community and is honoured to be its representative as the Editor of the Valley Voice Community Newsletter.

Emily Peterson

Community Trapping Coordinator & Valley Project Cleaner

"I love working with the Valley Project Team, getting to witness the positive changes that have taken place over the years and connecting with the community through the Valley Project. Being right in the heart of the beautiful NEV, there really is no better place to be. I have had the privilege of being well supported, meeting many wonderful people, taking part in a number of community events, enjoying and caring for the facility and environment with all it's beauties(especially our glorious birds) since 2017 and hope to continue doing so for many years to come."

KJ Davie

Valley Kai Coordinator

"It's been great working alongside inspiring and diverse folk from our neighbourhood at the Valley Project. It's been awesome building stronger connections and feeling like you are actively making a difference."

Nathan Laurie

Receptionist & Volunteer

Jess Corbett