Stakeholder Panel

The Stakeholder Panel provides stakeholder perspectives on research needs, knowledge and technology transfer requirements, as well as providing guidance on opportunities for collaboration and alignment of Sustainable Seas activities with the priorities of the different sectors, systems and groups that make up the wider stakeholder community. 

Panel members

Naomi Parker (Chair)

Ministry for Primary Industries

Amanda Leathers            

World Wildlife Fund

Blake Hornblow            

Youth representative

Bronwen Turner            

Manukau Harbour Restoration Society

Cameron Madgwick


Chris Baker            


Dennis Bush-King            

Tasman District Council

Eric Jorgensen

Marlborough Marine Futures

Gary Hooper

Aquaculture NZ

Geoff Rowling             

Recreational Fishing

Glenn Wigley                       

Ministry for the Environment

Jack O'Carroll

Environmental Protection Authority

Jeremy Helson

Fisheries Inshore NZ

Jeroen Jongegans             

Dive Tutukaka

Kevin Hague            

Forest & Bird

Kirsty Woods

Te Ohu Kaimoana

Lian Butcher            

Department of Conservation

Megan Oliver

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Shelton Harley       

Ministry for Primary Industries

Stefan Korn            

Creative HQ

Latest news and updates

Minister announces Phase II funding

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.

Growing a blue economy on the East Coast

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.

Strengthening international research links

Challenge researchers are strengthening links with Canadian research programmes involved in ocean conservation, climate change, and social and economic development of marine environments.