About us

Sustainable Seas brings together teams from across a range of science and community organisations. 


The independent Board undertakes governance of the Challenge.


Independent Science Panel 

The panel offers a wide range of expertise to provide advice to the governance Board.



The Kāhui Māori provides both expertise and awareness of the issues in the focal area to advise the Challenge so that its science directions, quality and approach will deliver real benefits for Māori.


Science Leadership Team

The team is responsible for the Challenge's strategic direction, science quality, activities and management.


Stakeholder Panel

The panel provides independent, high level strategic advice to the Science Leadership Team.



Latest news and updates

Consultation opens re 2019–2024 strategy

Improving marine management is critical to New Zealand's future health and wealth, but research in isolation is not enough. Excellent engagement with, and participation from, all users and sectors of society is essential.

We therefore invite comment on our draft strategy for Phase II (2019–2024). This strategy has been co-developed with Māori and stakeholders.

Sun, sea, sand – and marine science

During Seaweek, more than 4,600 school pupils joined 6 Sustainable Seas researchers for 3 days of marine science fieldwork in Tasman Bay, as part of the LEARNZ virtual field trip Sustainable seas – essential for New Zealand’s health and wealth.

Tipping Points on Radio NZ

Tune in to tonight’s episode of Our Changing World (after the 9pm news) for an excellent in-depth piece that gets into the detail of what the Tipping Points project is investigating, and why.