Ken Ross holds a double major B.Sc. in Zoology and Geography and an M.Sc. (Hons) in Behavioural Ecology. This eclectic mix of subjects has shaped him, somewhat intentionally, as a ‘Human Ecologist’.
Human Ecology (how humans live within their lands) has been the theme of Ken’s life through careers in teaching, tertiary and adventure education and the maritime tourism industry.
In 2005, when the Far North District Council was setting up a ‘Community Development Department’, Ken grasped an opportunity to work in Community Development in the highly variable and sometimes, truly isolated communities of the Far North, and his passion holds him in this role today
Ken has a deep understanding of the ‘sustainability challenges’ facing humanity, the impacts of the 1989 Local Government Amalgamations on the communities of the Far North, and a unique perspective on how to ‘solve for pattern’ to ameliorate these challenges.
It is probable, that well before you heard the word ‘Localism’ or even before it was coined, Ken was working with Far North communities and helping them to create Community Plans, in which their aspirations for ‘Tinorangatiratanga’, ‘Subsidiarity’ and higher levels of self-determination and community governance were being discussed and written into their respective Community Plans.