About Maureen

Maureen has hosted Eco Living in Action since early 2012. Originally from Northern Ireland, Maureen gained a BSc Hons in Psychology from the University of Ulster and completed her PhD with the Psychology Department at the University of Otago. From 2006-2015, she worked as Dunedin’s Sustainable Living Facilitator contracted to the Dunedin City Council. As part of her work she provided interactive talks, workshops and  Sustainable Living courses for adults and community groups. Find out more about the Sustainable Living Programme at http://www.sustainableliving.org.nz

Maureen Howard. Photo taken by Caroline Davies, Editor of Down in Edin Magazine

For two years beginning in December 2015, Maureen went on her ‘midlife Big OE’ and travelled alone from New Zealand to Northern Ireland and back again via the Americas choosing relatively low carbon methods. She says,  “I was pretty determined to make it to Northern Ireland without flying, and proud I did”. She planned to return to New Zealand without flying as well. But in the end, for logistical and personal reasons, she decided to fly back when she reached Colombia.

During her two years and one month of travels, Maureen continued with the Eco Living in Action radio show except for a two month period when she reached Panama and Colombia.

Eco Living in Action radio show continues, now fortnightly, aired on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and podcast at http://www.oar.org.nz.