The independent Board undertakes governance of the Challenge.
The Board reports to the NIWA Board and operates under the Terms and Conditions specified in the Challenge Collaborative Agreement.
The Board is responsible for appointing the Director, Science Leadership Team, Kāhui Māori, and Stakeholder Panel.
The Board is also responsible for approving projects within the Research and Business Plan and for allocating funding.
Sir Rob Fenwick (Chair)
Rob is an environmentalist, businessman and experienced company director. He was inducted into New Zealand Business Hall of Fame for contributions to sustainable development and several successful businesses including Te Matuku Bay Oyster Farm on Waiheke Island. He is chair of the Government’s Future of our Fisheries Advisory Panel and a director of Ngati Whatua Orakei. He leads the campaign to save the kiwi from extinction and Predator Free New Zealand movement. Rob is former chair of Antarctica New Zealand, Antarctic Heritage Trust the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, St Johns Ambulance and Manaaki Whenua; deputy Chair of TVNZ and co-founder of Living Earth Ltd.
Roger is a professional company director (Chief Financial Officer for Allied Farmers Co-operative Ltd and Freightway Holdings Ltd; a director of Air New Zealand, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corporation and Orion Health Group; former director for the Fonterra Co-operative Group; appointed to the Council of the University of Auckland in 2001, Chancellor from 2009-2012).
Bruce has significant management experience and knowledge of climate and marine science (former Chief CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Chief Executive of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Chief Executive for the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research).
Rebecca Mills works globally in innovation through the lens of sustainability and is the Founder of The Lever Room, a Transformation Agency that scales win-win opportunities for people, nature and climate. The Lever Room has a proven track record of supporting purpose-led companies, government entities, non-profits and philanthropists to have impact at scale and pace. Rebecca has led large-scale regeneration developments and worked for central and local government on sustainability, energy, climate change, water and oceans strategy and policy, public/private partnerships and governance. She was one of two UK representatives on the ESPACE (European Spatial Planning Adapting to Climate Events) project team to shape planning for climate change adaptation at a global level.
Chief Executive of NIWA, Sustainable Seas host organisation.
James has expertise in government policy and planning, and economics (former Deputy Secretary Strategy, Ministry for the Environment, responsible for strategy development across the natural resources sector, including climate change and ocean management; former Director Strategy, Systems and Science Policy at the Ministry for Primary Industries and Director Strategy at the former Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; former Chief of Staff to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, and Senior Private Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister).
Sir Mark Solomon
Sir Mark is a professional director and Māori tribal leader of Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kurī decent (Kaiwhakahaere (Chair) of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu; director of Te Ohu Kaimoana (Māori Fisheries Trust), Chair of the New Zealand China Council; former director Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa).
Shelley is the Chief Executive of Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society, and a board member of the Halberg Trust, Te Pou and Cancer Council New Zealand. She was formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Sir Peter Blake Trust, Chief Executive of Waikato Primary Health and Chair of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Taskforce.
Latest news and updates
The Minister of Research, Science and Innovation has today announced the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge will receive $39.8 million for the second five-year phase of the Challenge. Funding will start on 1 July 2019.
In September, Hikurangi Enterprises hosted a two-day wānanga in Tairāwhiti Gisborne. The wānanga brought together whānau, community and scientists to talk about the opportunities to grow the East Coast blue economy and how kaitiaki can partner with researchers.
Challenge researchers are strengthening links with Canadian research programmes involved in ocean conservation, climate change, and social and economic development of marine environments.