Carolyn Press-McKenzie is well known as the founder of HUHA, Helping You Help Animals Charitable Trust. Carolyn's inspired problem-solving and drive has led a team of HUHA volunteers to save thousands of animals from death row and to find safe outcomes for hundreds of animals after the Christchurch earthquakes, thirty beagles from a medical testing facility, thousands of hens from battery farms as well as ex-circus and zoo animals and native wildlife. HUHA volunteers also organised New Zealand's largest animal welfare protest against party-pill testing on animals, after which the law was changed.
Carolyn currently heads HUHA's two no-kill animal sanctuaries just north of Wellington, as well as running a business that formulates natural products. She was a vet nurse, trained animals for film and television, studied herbalism, appeared as the animal adviser on TV One's Good Morning, has won two New Zealander of the Year Local Hero Awards and is highly regarded by the animal lover community.