Mick Abbott is Co-Director of Lincoln University’s DesignLab and Head of the University's School of Landscape Architecture. Current and recent DesignLab project partners include Air New Zealand, Antarctica New Zealand, Conservation Volunteers New Zealand, Department of Conservation, Eden Project Cornwall, Fonterra, Museum of Chinese Gardens and Landscape Architecture, Ngāi Tahu Property, Rio Tinto, Te Rānanga O Ngāi Tahu, Te Rānanga o Koukourārata, and Tsinghua University Beijing.
Mick is the current chair of the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board, co-founder of the Kiwi Ranger children’s programme, former chair of the Inspiring Stories Trust, and a regular columnist for NZ Wilderness Magazine. He is widely published and co-edited a number of books on New Zealand landscapes including Beyond the Scene; Wild Heart; Making Our Place; and Looking forward to Heritage Landscapes. He has undertaken extensive research in protected areas in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia, with active collaborations in China, UK and North America. Some time ago he was lead equipment designer for the Fairydown and Hallmark brands, and even earlier completed a four month solo traverse of the South Island, from Southern Fiordland to Farewell Spit.
Derek has worked in the fields of protected area, wildlife, and natural resource management for over 25 years. His management and research interests are diverse but include fire management, mangrove and other coastal ecosystem ecology, island management and coral reef ecology. He has worked in the public, private and NGO sectors and spends part of each year travelling through globally critical biodiversity hotspots and studying their management systems. Derek has a strong interest in developing and applying alternative models for conservation management interventions and in particular emergent opportunities in conservation entrepreneurship.
Claire is the first female Mayor in the history of the Mackenzie District Council and was first elected in 2010, after being the Council Receptionist for 6 years. She won her second term with a convincing majority in 2013. Claire became a Kellogg Rural Leaders Scholar in 2012, and has been a member of the Upper Waitaki Zone Committee for three years and is a strong advocate for the Canterbury Water Management Strategy. Claire is an observer, working party member and inaugural trustee of the newly formed Mackenzie Country Trust which aims to raise funds and find innovative solutions that will protect iconic landscape and biodiversity values in the Mackenzie and Omarama Basins, while recognising the need for local farmers to have viable sustainable businesses.
Paul leads the resource management and Maori law team in Buddle Findlay's Wellington office. He has been a member of the Crown negotiating team on numerous Treaty settlements, and has a particular focus on designing, negotiating and implementing co-governance frameworks with Maori. Paul is currently the independent chair of the Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari stakeholder working group - this is a collaborative marine spatial planning process for the Hauraki Gulf. He was previously the independent chair of the Subantarctic Marine Protection Planning Forum.
Alastair was the Chair of the Land and Water Forum from its inception at the end of 2008 until 30 June 2016.
He was Secretary of Transport from 1998-2004.
He was a member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for 31 years where he became Deputy Secretary and New Zealand’s Principal Trade Negotiator (1994-8). During his time in Foreign Affairs, he was seconded to the Department of Trade and Industry (1976-7) and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Group (1978-9).
In the course of his diplomatic career, he was posted in London, Brussels, Sydney, (Consul-General from 1982-86) and Geneva, as Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva (1991-94).
He was a member of the New Zealand Meat Board for 8 years from 2005-2012.
Ann is a senior lecturer in environmental policy at Lincoln University. Her area of interest is the politics, policy, and governance of publicly-owned land and natural resources. She has published several articles about biodiversity policy in NZ and the US in Conservation Biology, Conservation Letters, and NZ Journal of Ecology with such subtle titles as “Is collaboration good for the environment? Or, what’s wrong with the Land and Water Forum?” Most of her work in NZ has been about the politics and economics of South Island high country land reform, and is the topic of her first (and only) book, Who owns the high country?. Ann is a Fulbright Scholar, and holds a PhD from Berkeley and a Masters from Yale. Her first degree, from Pomona College, was in French literature.
Hamish Brown has been a group facilitator, coach, organisational consultant and mediator for over 15 years. In that time he has worked with a wide range of organisations on a broad range of projects, including the facilitation of large multi-day conferences and in-depth, multi-intervention projects aimed at producing organisational and cultural change.
James is chairman of Ngai Tai ki Tamaki Post Settlement Governance Entity, who are the iwi authority for Ngai Tai ki Tamaki and parent owner and operator of te Haerenga o Ngai Tai ki Tamaki, the hospitality, tourism and events brand of Ngai Tai ki Tamaki.
James is a former member of the Department of Conservation Auckland Region Board (2015) and retired Lecturer from the post graduate School of Environmental and Marine Sciences, Auckland University where he specialised in Maori sustainable resource management.
James is the donor of the te Haerenga brand and also avails himself personally as a guide for tours of the brands current products and services. The brand has established its presence on the iconic landscape features of Rangitoto and Motutapu since 1 October 2015 and has just completed the inaugural summer season of half and full day guided walks to each Island. Te Haerenga has just exhibited at this year TRENZ Conference in Rotorua for the first time and is committed and determined to succeed.
Marie specialises in biodiversity policy. She holds degrees in science and environmental law and a PhD from the University of Waikato that focussed on the use of ecological compensation under the RMA. Marie has worked in the fields of RMA compliance monitoring and natural environment policy and has a keen interest in effective environmental governance.
Marie is the lead author of Vanishing Nature: facing New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis and the more recent Pathways to prosperity: safeguarding biodiversity in development. In 2016, her research focus areas are the environmental outcomes of the Resource Management Act and a new project on monitoring and enforcement of environmental law in New Zealand.
Andrea is the Director of the New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge. Her research interests lie in the ecology of multiple invasive mammal species in New Zealand and their interactive effects on native flora and fauna in tandem with other drivers of global change such as climate and land use change. She has worked on similar issues in Australia and Africa. Andrea is also an Associate Investigator in the Te Punaha Matatini Centre of Research Excellence, collaborating on projects looking at the role of citizen science in invasive species management, and the biodiversity outcomes of major pest control regimes in New Zealand.
Greg is a director of the Catalyst Group. He is a resource management specialist in a team of scientists, land managers and restoration guru’s. Greg’s currently focusing on support to NGO’s and Iwi, in the water management and biodiversity space. He’s also driving the project for New Zealand’s 16th water conservation order for the Ngaruroro River and pretending he’s got his head around what constitutes an outstanding water body, in order that Regional Councils and government agencies can address the NPS freshwater requirements in this respect.
Greg has 10 years as a planner for the Department of Conservation. He played around with early offsets in the settlement of the large hydro consent renewals located in the central North Island. His current team would describe them as crude horse trading. He is also the author of the operative Tongariro National Park Management Plan. This plan, for a dual World Heritage site, includes righteous judgemental provisions to ensure the protection of the Hauhungatahi Wilderness Area.
Through his years with Regional Government Greg lead the development of the One Plan, the first fully integrated second generation plan prepared within the Resource Management Act framework. This plan provided for national water conservation orders and hard fought provisions for the protection of terrestrial biodiversity. It also included the first serious attempt at nutrient limits tied to natural capital. Greg is loved by the farming community.
Greg was the director of Wild Places New Zealand for 10 years. Both in this company and in his private life, there have been plenty of wicked adventures, books and guides written - all of which celebrate our Wild Places.
Peter has over 20 years’ experience in senior executive leadership and governance roles in the public and private sectors. He now consults on environment and sustainability issues and is a Director of Ecotourism Australia, Tangaroa Blue Foundation, and the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University.
Peter chairs the Steering Committee for the National Environmental Science Program Marine Biodiversity Hub, and its Research Users Committee.
He co-chaired the Bioregional Advisory Panel and was a member of the Expert Scientific Panel that conducted the Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review in 2015.
Peter was Director of National Parks and head of Parks Australia from 1999-2013.
Rachel is an independent consultant who helps groups to plan, collaborate and evaluate natural resource management partnerships and programs. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel has worked closely with innovative programs in the Great Barrier Reef, fostering cross-sector collaborations to improve water quality. Rachel has conducted a number of major program reviews and evaluations and maintains enduring relations with regional natural resource management and other collaborative groups across Queensland.
Rachel has a strong interest in evidence-based decision-making and the social and institutional processes of natural resource management and environmental sustainability. As a PhD scholar, Rachel is researching collaborative water governance in the Great Barrier Reef and Murray Darling Basin.
Rob is a Barrister with a focus on public and environmental law. He represented EDS in the King Salmon and Tukituki litigation, as well as the EEZ applications made by Chatham Rock Phosphate and Trans-Tasman mining. He frequently appears in judicial reviews and represents infrastructure, public interest, mana whenua and private clients. Rob has appeared in a number of Court of Appeal, High Court and several Supreme Court matters.
Julian is an Environmental Consultant, conservationist, naturalist and writer with a special interest in island ecosystems. After 15 years in the Galapagos Islands where he ran the first yacht charter business, he returned to the UK in 1979 and became involved in the Falkland Islands, helping to set up Falklands Conservation of which he is now a Vice-President. In 1995 he helped set up the Galapagos Conservation Trust, and served as its first chair, he is now one of their Ambassadors.
Julian has been living in New Zealand since 2005 and has written four books on New Zealand wildlife and one on Auckland walks. The second edition of his Galapagos Wildlife guide was published in 2015. He is a strong champion of and advocate for the protection of New Zealand’s unique native wildlife and ecosystems, and of the importance of involving the community and of exploring economic opportunities within conservation projects. He is chair of Friends of Galapagos New Zealand, and of the Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society, which works to restore coastal ecosystems in The Bay of Plenty, where he lives.
Jane’s responsibilities include strategy development, advice and monitoring of New Zealand’s water resources and the resource management system. Jane’s experience is in leadership of teams that develop policy advice on medium term economic strategy, economic development policy, Māori economic development, the natural resource sector, education, welfare, labour markets and regulatory quality.
Jane’s most recent role was Director of Growth and Public Services at Treasury. She has also worked for the Office of the Retirement Commissioner, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the Ministry of Commerce and the University of Waikato. Jane holds a Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) in Economics at the University of Waikato.
Andrew manages the most visible aspect of the 100% Pure New Zealand marketing campaign: our consumer marketing and advertising activity. This includes overseeing the creative development, planning, researching and implementation of our campaign and advertising activity across Tourism New Zealand's key markets.
Andrew is a seasoned senior marketing leader with over 20 years’ experience. He has developed and launched one of New Zealand's most successful drink and youth brands in recent years, V Energy drink.
Prior to joining Tourism New Zealand, Andrew ran his own strategic consultancy business in Auckland. He has held senior marketing and executive roles with Cadbury/Kraft and Frucor Beverages/Danone.
Kaaren is an experienced strategist and facilitator whose work involves communities and groups in rural areas, coastal settlements and urban centres. She works with stakeholder groups on their hopes for the future, the issues they face, and workable options for achieving a new future. Kaaren believes in the wisdom of diverse groups of people and their ability to find fresh solutions to complex issues.
Working with Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari she instigated Listening Posts and roundtables up and down the coast and islands of the Hauraki Gulf. She has a well tuned ear for today’s issues for the gulf, its communities, and people making a living from the water.
Suzie is the Portfolio Leader for Supporting Business and Policy at Landcare Research NZ. She leads 2 MBIE research programmes: BEST - Building biodiversity into an ecosystem service-based approach for resource management and the Values, Monitoring and Outcomes for Freshwater Management. Some of Suzie’s current research involves the analysis, design and implementation of environmental and agricultural policy and policy processes (including collaborative processes), the development of market-based instruments for ecosystem services (particularly water quality, biodiversity and greenhouse gases), and developing frameworks to incorporate ecosystem services into decision-making.
Suzie holds a degrees in resource economics and agricultural and rural science (soils) from the US and Australia.
Garth is a senior Māori environmental scientist with over 30 years’ experience, pioneered much of the collaborative Māori research for Landcare Research NZ Ltd, has led over 40 Māori projects, and has over 200 refereed publications, presented at over 100 conferences. He is a key researcher in the development of knowledge bases, geospatial tools, bridging mātauranga Māori and western science, building Māori research capacity, and has extensive experience and skills in environmental planning and resource management.
Garth’s iwi affiliations are Te Arawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tuhourangi, Ngāti Raukawa.
A long-time lover of the ocean, Steve Hathaway left the trade he’d known for the previous 20 years (running his own construction business), to chase his dream of telling stories about the underwater world he loves.
Since he started filming underwater professionally in 2008 his footage has appeared on BBC, Discovery TV, National Geographic and TVNZ in numerous award-winning documentaries including the popular and timely documentary 'Blackfish'.
His passion to create stories to inspire kids to love our ocean culminated in producing 'Young Ocean Explorers' with his daughter Riley. In February 2015 they self-published their first book called ‘Young Ocean Explorers - Love Our Ocean’ and in August 2015 gave a copy of the book and DVD to every school in New Zealand and the Cook Islands. They've filmed 20 episodes which have screened on the popular kids TV show "What Now”.
Lesley has over 30 years’ experience in tourism and hospitality including founding inbound tour company New Zealand Educational Tours in 1991 (sold in 2006). During that period the business won a number of tourism, environmental & sustainability awards. After selling the company she transitioned into teaching tourism & hospitality at secondary and tertiary level before taking up her current position in March 2011. Lesley and the Tourism Export Council are committed to protecting the environment and recently sponsored the Choose Clean Water Campaign.
Mike is the Chief Executive of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust. The National Trust supports the permanent protection of New Zealand’s unique biodiversity, outstanding landscapes, cultural and historic heritage on private and Crown lease land through the establishment of open space covenants. These are the areas of New Zealand where there has been the biggest loss of indigenous biodiversity so the critical importance of the protection of the ecosystems that remains is out of all proportion to the size of areas already protected.
Currently the National Trust is the perpetual Trustee for over 4,200 covenants protecting around 180,000 hectares of land including indigenous forests and forest remnants, wetlands, dune lands, tussock lands, native shrub and grass lands and sites of importance for landscape, historic, cultural or recreational importance.
Prior to taking on the role of CEO in 2013 Mike had various senior government leadership roles in the Ministry for Primary Industries and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry dealing with significant natural resource and sustainability challenges for the primary sectors including freshwater reform, domestic and international climate change policy and programmes, indigenous forestry policy, sustainable land management programmes and resource management reforms.
Girol joined the Treasury in March 2012. His role is to provide strategic leadership on broad economic policy issues, in particular fiscal and monetary policy settings, and New Zealand’s international linkages. The Chief Economist role is critical to championing and lifting the quality and capability of the Treasury’s economic advice.
He came to the Treasury from The Co-operative Bank, where he was Chief Executive for nine years. His previous roles include General Manager at Westpac New Zealand, Chief Economist at the National Bank of New Zealand, and lecturer in economics at Victoria University of Wellington. He has a PhD in Economics and an MBA, and is fluent in French and Turkish.
Nathan has been an iwi environment officer for nearly 20 years, and is a Treaty claims negotiator for Ngāti Whanaunga. Nathan’s fields are the development and use of cultural environmental indicators, Māori modes of planning and environmental management, and historic and contemporary mapping – specialising in the representation of traditional values and interests. He is currently the Marutuahu member on the Auckland Conservation Board, and is a writer for Seachange – Tai Timu Tai Pare.
Tony has been Grey District Mayor since 2004 and is involved in many community organisations. In a voluntary capacity, Tony has raised over $30 million for West Coast charities.
He is a strong advocate for his community. After witnessing the impact of major industries like mining and forestry closing, he is proud of efforts that saw jobs created within the dairying, tourism and fishing industries as the West Coast diversifies to a sustainable economy.
Tony is the Author of “The Golden Grey” 500 page history book. The $60,000 profit was donated to the local heritage trust.
He was the public and media face during the Pike River disaster. A finalist in the 2010 New Zealand Herald “New Zealander of the Year” award and chosen jointly as the readers’ choice. Voted 10th most trusted person in New Zealand in 2011. Voted most trusted politician in New Zealand in 2011 and 2014.
Stephen joined Ngāi Tahu Tourism in 2010 after living in the UK for 15 years working in mobile telephony (for company O2) and as a management consultant. At Ngāi Tahu Tourism he is responsible for the sales and market development work, bringing the 11 brands in the portfolio to travel trade partners and working to develop our off-shore markets. Ngāi Tahu Tourism operates throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand with an ambition to make a connection with visitors to the country.
Andrew was elected to Parliament in 2011, and elected Leader of the Labour Party in 2014.
Andrew studied philosophy, law, and public policy at Victoria University.
He became National Secretary of the EPMU in 2000. As National Secretary he led negotiations with a number of major companies and developed a focus on high productivity work practices based on strong worker engagement. In 2009 he was elected President of the Labour party.
Since becoming an MP he has held the ACC, Tourism, Justice and Labour portfolios, lobbying for a reversal of legal aid cuts, the introduction of corporate manslaughter laws to increase accountability in cases such as the Pike River disaster and the creation of a criminal cases review commission to review alleged miscarriages of justice.
Since becoming Labour Leader Andrew has focussed on the need for New Zealand to do more to grow our wealth and share it more fairly. His focus has been on backing business to create jobs and lift incomes.
Michael has recently been the Director of Regional Strategies, Infrastructure, Asia Pacific, focussed the implementation of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) “Development by Design” which helps to guide sustainable development decision-making. He has recently taken on the role as interim Director responsible for establishing TNC’s engagement in New Zealand. Appointed previously as Australia Program Director in 2005, he led that program to achieve remarkable results including the protection of 3.6 million hectares through 28 land acquisitions, and the establishment of a Corporate Conservation Council to forge a closer alliance between business and conservation. He has also developed close working relationships with Indigenous communities and organisations supporting their aspirations in looking after their country. The Conservancy’s program is currently supporting conservation efforts across more than 120 million hectares of Australia’s lands and waters.
Prior to his role with TNC, Michael served as the Director of Trust for Nature where he spearheaded the organisation’s transition to a landscape-scale conservation approach and helped expand the role of major gift fundraising within Australia’s environmental sector. Under Michael’s leadership, the Trust acquired Ned’s Corner Station—the largest private conservation purchase in Victoria. Michael is a trained botanist and was previously a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Horticulture at the University of Melbourne, as well as Superintendent of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.
Christopher has been Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand since January 2013 having previously held the role of Group General Manager International Airline for almost two years. Prior to joining Air New Zealand, Christopher was President and Chief Executive Officer at Unilever Canada. This was one of several senior leadership roles he held during an 18-year career at the multi-national that saw him work in roles in Europe, North America and Asia/Pacific. Christopher has a Master of Commerce in Business Administration from the University of Canterbury.
Tracey is a senior member of the New Zealand First caucus. In her second term of Parliament she holds the portfolios of Education, Women, IT, Communications and Broadcasting. For the 50th and 51st parliament Tracey has been New Zealand First representative on the Education and Science Select Committee.
Tracey was New Zealand First representative for the Great Climate Voter Debate and works closely with their Environment Spokesperson Denis O’Rourke on policy development. As one of the few MPs current owning an Electric Vehicle she is a vocal advocate for central government policy and incentives to increase the supply and demand for these vehicles as well as the charging infrastructure required to lower distance anxiety among consumers.
Tracey has also previously presented on behalf of New Zealand First to the Energy Trusts of New Zealand Conference, sharing their concerns around the disincentives that are being introduced affecting consumers from switching to a more personalized sustainable environmentally friendly energy production environment.
As an Ecologist, Gerry has spent his life seeking protection for New Zealand wild places and showing how nature conservation benefits the economy and small communities.
As Conservation Director of Forest and Bird (F&B) 1983-89, Gerry successfully championed the 2.7 million hectare SWNZ-Te Wahi Pounamu World Heritage Site established in 1990. He negotiated the Tasman Forestry Accord (1989) which developed into the NZ Forest Accord (1991). He was closely involved in the 1986 establishment of the Department of Conservation (DOC), representing F&B on the DOC Establishment Committee and in the division of crown wildlands between DOC and Government Corporations.
From 1989, Gerry and his wife Anne Saunders established and still own and operate New Zealand’s only two Wilderness Lodges. These eco-tourism businesses are at Lake Moeraki in the West Coast rainforests and Arthur’s Pass on their 1,700ha Canterbury high country farm & nature reserve.
Gerry was National President of F&B from 2002-2005 and is currently a member of the New Zealand Conservation Authority. Since 1990, Gerry has been a founding member of the Nature Heritage Fund (NHF), the government’s conservation land purchasing agency which from 1990 to 2015 protected 341,881 hectares, 1.3% of New Zealand, for $162.94 million ($476.60/ha).
Gerry has a PhD in Ecology and Range Management from Lincoln University (1984).
Sue’s role involves overall supervision of the CI Pacific Islands and New Zealand team, providing expert marine input, acting as a regional strategy specialist and providing editorial review of the Loss and Damage report. Sue is currently based at the University of Auckland and she also leads CI’s investment in the Pacific Island Forum Leader’s Pacific Oceanscape. This is an initiative aimed at fostering integrated island and ocean management and a secure future for Pacific Island nations in the face of climate change.
Sue is a part Samoan New Zealander who has lived and worked in Samoa, New Zealand and the wider Pacific region for more than 30 years. She has designed and led many Pacific Island conservation initiatives including those relating to marine species, invasive species and birds. Notably, she was one of the leads for large scale marine protected areas. She has also advocated on issues of climate change and the ocean, including maritime boundary concerns for sea level rise impact, ocean acidification, and loss and damage issues. Sue was the Pacific Islands Biodiversity Convention Adviser from 1994-2000 and has extensive knowledge of the Convention on Biological Diversity and international biodiveristy-related conventions and agreements.
Economics has been Mike’s passion. He is a graduate in maths and has a master’s degree in economics and accountancy. After working for corporates and establishing computer businesses in Christchurch, he and his family moved to Lake Ohau and have owned and operated the Lodge and Ohau Snow Fields for over 25 years. Concern for retaining the natural landscape and bio-diversity of the Mackenzie country led to his involvement Mackenzie Forum and a contribution to the Mackenzie Agreement business plan utilising a PES, payments for eco services scheme.
Tena koutou katoa. George is part of the National Executive of the Māori Party and is also the Director of the Whanau Ora Community Clinic which is a wrap-around service of 9 General Practice’s across Auckland, the Bay of Plenty and Christchurch. George is also the Project Manager for Manaaki Oranga Restorative Justice with Ōrākei Marae based in the Auckland District Court. He has governance experience through being a director for Counties Manukau District Health Board, a director for Transitioning Out Aotearoa, and a director for BDO Marketing and Business Solutions.
George is Co-Chair of SAFVPN Safer Aotearoa Family Violence Prevention Network and was nominated as a White Ribbon Ambassador in 2013. He is against violence towards women. George was responsible for the Auckland and Northland Campus of Te Wananga o Aotearoa, which represented nearly a third of all enrolments for the organisation. George has expertise working with families, youth and truancy, Māori and Pacific Islanders and also in the area of organisational management and fiscal accountabilities. George supports Arthritis New Zealand and Conservation Volunteers NZ.
David is currently Labour’s Shadow Attorney General, and spokesperson for Environment, Water, Entrepreneurship, Information and Communication Technology, State Owned Enterprises, and Regulatory Reform.
Before entering Parliament David had been a litigation and managing partner in Anderson Lloyd, and a co-founder of the Dunedin Community Law Centre. David is an experienced CEO and company director in a range of industries.
Elected in 2002, he held various Ministerial roles. David was the Listener magazine’s environmentalist of the year in 2008 for his work as Minister of Energy and Climate Change pioneering New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme. As legislated, the ETS covered the 6 main greenhouse gases and all sectors of the economy. After inheriting a price on carbon of $20 per tonne, the current government undermined it by a 2 for 1 deal, a price ceiling but no floor, unlimited entry of cheap hot air units, and the exclusion of the 50% of emissions coming from agriculture.
David has been fighting battles to protect fresh water for decades. He is a keen tramper and skier, and swims and fishes in our rivers and seas.
Ko Mataatua me Tainui nga waka, ko Whakatohea me Ngai Tai nga Iwi
Vaughan has spent most of his life in his tribal area of Ōpōtiki, an area rich in marine, freshwater and terrestrial biodiversity. His formal training is in surveying, planning and business management. He has spent his working career in both the private and public sectors across the upper North Island, and prior to his current role he was the Chief Executive of Ōpōtiki District Council.
Vaughan is honoured to be working for an organisation that is charged with addressing significant challenges and opportunities for tangata whenua, industry and the general community. He recognises that the big issues facing the Waikato region, and New Zealand, are increasingly complex, requiring increasing levels of collaboration to agree on the necessary long term solutions. He therefore strongly believes that the three most important words in the Waikato Regional Council's mission are 'working with others', because no one can be successful on their own.
Raewyn currently heads EDS’s environmental think-tank and for the past decade Raewyn’s work has focused on landscape protection, coastal development and marine management in New Zealand. She has written numerous papers, research reports and guides on these issues. She was co-winner of the Resource Management Law Association Publication Award for Caring for Our Coast: An EDS Guide to Managing Coastal Development (2013), an EDS publication which she co-authored and edited. She has published a major book on coastal development titled Castles in the Sand: What’s Happening to the New Zealand Coast? (2009) and on marine mammal protection titled Dolphins of Aotearoa: Living with Dolphins in New Zealand (2013). The latter was shortlisted for the Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize.
Raewyn has recently completed a book on the environmental, social and cultural history of the Hauraki Gulf. Titled Hauraki: The Story of the Gulf, the book is being published by David Bateman in a full colour coffee table format and will be released in September 2016. Raewyn is a member of the Stakeholder Working Group which is preparing a marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf under the Seachange - Tai Timu Tai Pari project.
Chris joined the Tourism Industry Association (TIA) as Chief Executive in July 2014. As the only membership association representing all sectors of New Zealand’s $24 billion tourism industry, TIA works to influence, inform and align the industry, including driving forward implementation of the Tourism 2025 growth framework.
Previously Chris was a General Manager at Tourism New Zealand, with responsibility for government and stakeholder relations. He began his working life as a radio journalist. From senior editor roles at Radio New Zealand he moved to Parliament, which included working for the Minister of Tourism. His time in the Beehive was followed by a decade of senior corporate affairs roles in the energy sector before returning to tourism.
Eugenie is a Green MP and the Green Party spokesperson for primary industries, environment, Christchurch and land information. She is a member of the Local Government and Environment select committee. Before entering Parliament in 2011 she was a regional councillor with Environment Canterbury Regional Council from 2007 until April 2010 when Government removed elected councillors. Eugenie worked for Forest and Bird for 13 years and played a key role in the Society’s campaigns to protect West Coast forests and the South Island high country, and its RMA advocacy to protect indigenous biodiversity. She has degrees in law and history and a diploma in journalism.
Anne is a Distinguished Professor in Maori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland.
She is a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences in the US, Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society. As part of her scholarly work, Dame Anne has developed a strong interest in Enlightenment natural history and Maori and Pacific philosophies relating to land and sea, bringing these together with aspects of cutting edge science to reflect upon environmental questions.
Dame Anne has a long-standing practical interest in environmental projects. A former Deputy Chair of the Parks and Wilderness Trust in Auckland, she is Patron of the Whinray Kiwi Trust, the National Whale Museum, the Great Barrier Island Trust, the Te Awaroa Foundation for rivers restoration, Chairperson of the Longbush Eco Trust and co-founder of the Longbush Ecosanctuary in Gisborne (www.longbushreserve.org).
The Department of Conservation is responsible for managing 8.5 million hectares of public land (approximately 30% of New Zealand’s landmass) and 34 marine reserves.
DOC manages over 14,000km of tracks and 970 huts. These places are used by 48% of New Zealanders (approximately 1.6 million people) and approximately 30% of overseas visitors (and many more view the iconic scenery from a distance).
During his time at Antarctica New Zealand Lou has overseen the deepest ever multi-national sedimentary science drilling project in Antarctica (ANDRILL) and he led the development of Antarctica’s largest wind turbine project focussing on reducing fossil fuels at McMurdo Station and Scott Base.
Prior to this Lou was Conservator for Southland Conservancy in charge of Fiordland National Park and Stewart Island.
He also led the establishment of Rakiura National Park, the sub-Antarctic World Heritage Area and one of the world’s largest island eradication projects and helped establish a network of marine reserves in Fiordland and Stewart Island.
Dan is a farmer and conservationist living and working on Blue Duck Station - a 1460 hectare sheep and beef station and conservation project at Whakahoro, surrounded by Whanganui National Park. After working with his parents on the neighbouring Retaruke Station for seven years, Steele built Blue Duck Lodge in 2005, started Blue Duck Station in 2006 and founded the Wild Journeys commercial jet boats partnership in 2010. As a Nuffield Scholar, his research focused on “Brand New Zealand” and included promoting community involvement with conservation to build the belief there is value in looking after our environment.
James strongly believes that New Zealand can lead the world in transitioning to a high-value, clean-tech, post-carbon economy that works for everyone.
He knows it’s a hugely ambitious, probably decades-long task, but it’s the reason he’s committed to a life in politics and one of the many reasons joined the Green Party in 1990.
James was appointed Green Party Co-leader on May 30, 2015, after being elected to Parliament as a list MP in 2014.
Prior to becoming an MP, James had a successful career in management consulting, primarily in London, where he lived from 1998 to 2010.
While there, he worked with large, multinational companies across Europe and around the world, developing their sustainable business practices.
It was while James was in the UK, studying for a Master’s degree in sustainable development and business leadership, that he realised that the private sector alone wasn’t able to affect change at the speed and scale necessary to meet the great challenges of our time.
His diverse business experience and expertise, from working for multinational corporates through to local start-ups and community organisations, will enable him to lead the Green Party and New Zealanders towards a high-tech post-carbon economy and society.
It might be the biggest challenge of a generation, but James also sees it as the greatest opportunity: he wants New Zealand to lead the way and show the world how it’s done.
Scott is the National MP for Coromandel. He chairs Parliament’s Local Government and Environment select committee. The committee is currently considering the government’s RMA reform legislation and has recently completed its work on the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary bill.
Scott chairs the National Party’s Bluegreen caucus group. He sits on the Lottery Grants Board as the Prime Minister’s representative.
He has a law degree from the University of Auckland and is a Justice of the Peace.
Scott had a successful business and commercial career before entering Parliament and was New Zealand CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation immediately prior to becoming an MP.
Nick was born and brought up in North Canterbury in a bridge construction industry family. He subsequently completed a first-class honours degree in civil engineering and a PhD in landslides at Canterbury University. He was elected to the Rangiora District Council in 1986 and worked as a local government engineer. He won the Tasman seat in 1990 and 1993, and following the introduction of MMP, has retained the Nelson seat since 1996.
Hon Smith has been deeply involved in improving New Zealand's management of the environment and natural resources. In 1998, he founded the Bluegreens as a group within National that wishes to advance policies that support economic prosperity and a clean, green New Zealand.
National achievements in which Hon Smith has played a significant role include the creation of the Kahurangi and Rakiura National Parks, a number of marine reserves, the introduction of the Emissions Trading Scheme and the establishment of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority and the Environment Protection Authority.
Wilderness drove Rob’s passion to craft a lifestyle from wild places. Rob has visited much of NZ's wilderness, Antarctica (18 times so far), Sub-Antarctic, the high Arctic and many spots in between.
Sharing this love through photography and guiding, Rob has photos on over 30 postage stamps, our new bank notes, hundreds of calendars, books, magazines, and murals all over the world.
Rob's photographed 16 books so far, his last 'Molesworth' won a prestigious NZ book award. He's just had the honour of filming Country Calendar's 50th anniversary book (due next month). He shoots for the likes of NZ Geographic and Tourism NZ.
Giving back to conservation is important, through photos and lectures, but also investing profits into forest restoration.
Previously Rob was the NZ National Marine Mammal Advisor & NZ Sea lion recovery group leader; working on issues of bykill, species recovery, tourism and strandings management.
See Rob's work at: blog.naturespic.com | www.naturespic.com
Susan is an ecologist and research programme leader based at Landcare Research in Dunedin with expertise in inland South Island ecosystems and in conservation outcome measurement and decision-making. Her research often touches the ecology-policy interface through conservation planning, land reform (South island High Country tenure review), land use change, and biodiversity offsetting: Susan's 2009 paper "Why bartering biodiversity fails" combines political and ecological science and is one of the offset literature's most cited. Her interest in New Zealand's bird fauna has expanded rapidly from initial enquiries into trends in production landscapes.
Bill is a Director of Wasley Knell Consultants Ltd where he undertakes a range of work relating to spatial planning, growth management, policy formulation, independent governance chairing primarily in collaborative / partnership frameworks, and an experienced hearing commissioner.
He has a strong interest in governance and collaborative approaches to effectively develop and implement policy initiatives across a spectrum of organisations, agencies and sectors.
Bill is Independent Chair of the SmartGrowth Governance Group (since 2000, which is the spatial planning partnership between Councils and Tangata Whenua and community). He chairs a similar governance group for implementation of the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy which also includes earthquake recovery matters; and is Chair of the FutureProof Implementation Committee, a growth management partnership in the Waikato. He is also independent chair of the Collaborative Stakeholder Group, charged with developing a plan change relating to water quality in respect of the Waikato and Waipa river catchments.
Bill has had previous senior management roles in local government and the private sector.
The Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand is a major NGO (non-government organisation) of 20,000 trampers and mountaineers. Peter is also a planner with the Otago Fish and Game Council and a trustee of the Mackenzie Conservation Trust and the Awakino skifield. He is a former Department of Conservation statutory planner, and has extensive first-hand experience of public conservation lands through tramping, mountaineering, and skiing.
Madeleine holds an LLB and a BA majoring in Political Studies from the University of Otago and Charles University Prague.
Prior to joining EDS, Madeleine worked in the resource management team at a major law firm.
Madeleine manages EDS's submissions and litigation programme. She also contributes content to EDS's policy papers and community guides and presents at EDS's community workshops.
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