A veterinary surgeon with a special interest in birds and marine wildlife. Berend works in private practice as a consultant and lives in Piha. He is chair of New Zealand Bird Rescue and treats many native birds. Berend was a consultant to Auckland Zoo and Kelly Tarltons and has worked for DOC on native species including Kokako, Kakapo, Kaka, Kiwi, Weka. Korora and Kekeno. He is committed to bringing about a resurgence of native birds in the bush.