Pure Advantage generates and curates content we believe advances the green growth discussion in a New Zealand context.
Matt Philp began his feature writing career at the New Zealand Listener, and was a senior writer for Metro, The Press and North & South. Now a freelancer, he writes on architecture, lifestyle, business, heritage and travel for several New Zealand magazines.
Dr Rosie Bosworth
A fresh voice in a crowded landscape, Dr Rosie Bosworth is a strategic innovation consultant and communications professional with a penchant for driving competitive business growth through disruptive innovation and game changing technology platforms. With over 6 years consulting experience in business innovation, a PhD in disruptive sustainable innovation and technology development, and a background in marketing and account management, Rosie harbours a rare breadth of skills and competencies vital for helping firms thrive in today's dynamic and rapidly changing business landscape.
Dr David Hall
David Hall is Senior Researcher at The Policy Observatory at AUT. He has a D.Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford and has written for the New Zealand Listener, The Journal for Urgent Writing, and the BWB Text series (forthcoming).
The Founder of Nouveau Eco, Belinda has 20 years experience advising multinationals in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Her work has been covered by Radio New Zealand, the New Zealand Herald and Harvard Business Review. Belinda is Chief Consultant Rural Climate Impacts for 350.org Aotearoa and is a Board Member of ShelterBox New Zealand. She is a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Linley Boniface is Head of Content at Roar Content. Previously Global Communications Manager for Icebreaker, Linley is a brand storyteller who creates compelling content for a wide range of clients in the government and private sectors. An award-winning journalist before she became a communications specialist, Linley has written extensively on issues such as sustainability and the environment.
Carli Davis is an MBA Candidate at the Crummer Graduate School of Business – Rollins College. Carli has been a keen environmentalist all her life. After high school she left New Zealand to pursue a sports scholarship at Rollins College in Orlando, Florida. She completed her bachelors’ degree in three years with Magna Cum Laude, majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Sustainable Development (3.90/4.00 GPA).
Carli hopes to pursue an engaging career in sustainable business utilizing environmentally-responsible practices to innovatively enhance profits.
You’ll find John King with positive farming deviants, farmers not doing best practice and getting better outcomes; reducing labour, increasing profits, and enhancing land function. He is a pioneering thinker and educator linking ecology to farming through observation and critical reflection.
Trained in Allan Savory’s Holistic Management John’s focus is problem solving and creativity covering social, financial and environmental aspects of farming. He splits his time between New Zealand and Australia helping farming families and groups discover which questions to ask when regenerating farm land, livelihoods, and lifestyles.
Dr John Baker
Dr John Baker initiated a research and development project at New Zealand’s Massey University in 1967 aimed at identifying and eliminating the causes of biological failures during low-disturbance no-tillage. After 30 years as a scientist, he and key members of his team resigned from the university and formed Baker No-Tillage Ltd. John is a Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers, a Chartered Engineer and holds a PhD in agricultural engineering, a Master’s degree with first class honours in soil science and a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) by Queen Elizabeth II on 2006 and won the Sir Earnest Rutherford Science and Technology Medal in 1996. His team won the BP Energy Conservation Award in 1980 plus 6 innovation and technology awards at the New Zealand National Fieldays between 1984 and 2005 and the Henty Field Days (NSW) Machine of the Year in 2010. His company was a finalist in the 2010 World technology Awards and John has twice been nominated for the World Food Prize (in 2013 and 2014).
Dr. Michelle Harnett
Michelle is a science communicator working for Scion in Rotorua. A recent graduate of Otago University's science communication programme, she is using her background in chemistry, product development and technology transfer to share the ground-breaking research that carried out at the country's Crown research institute for forestry and biobased forest products.
James Russell is a freelance environmental journalist, marketing strategist and creative. The founding editor of Element magazine, James is also the current editor of Your Future Home, NZME's new sustainable homes magazine.
Prof. Barry Barton
At Waikato, Barry Barton is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law. In the international field, he is the New Zealand member of the Academic Advisory Group of the Section of Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law of the International Bar Association. His current work concerns climate change, property rights under the RMA, electric vehicles, mining, and community benefits from resources projects.
Clare Feeney is The Sustainability Strategist and the Director of Environmental Communications Ltd. She has developed her own unique IP related to helping companies and governments solve environmental problems through targeted training programs.
She is a published author and professional speaker and trainer, and her book is called “How to Change the World – a practical guide to successful environmental training programs."
She has 30 years' experience in environmental management and training for sustainability. Clare has a first class masters in physical geography from Auckland University. Clare worked at the council for twelve years before forming a ‘boutique’ environmental consultancy with three colleagues and regularly lectures at Auckland University.
The Founder of Abodo Wood, Daniel has a passion for truly sustainable natural wood products, and an in-depth technical understanding of what is possible in New Zealand plantation-grown Radiata Pine. Daniel is a member of the International Research Group of Wood Preservation (IRG-WP).
Dr David Rees
Dr David Rees has worked as a consultant since the mid-1980’s in the UK, NZ and Australia. He has specialised in applying the concepts, methods and tools of the system sciences in a wide range of industries and is a founding partner of Synergia, a successful research and consulting business with offices in Auckland and Sydney. His work over the last few years has focused on health, energy sustainability, and climate change.
Anna Yallop is the General Manager for Bioresource Processing Alliance. In recent years, Anna consulted as a Technology Scout and Tech Transfer Manager for Bayer, worked as a Business Manager - Science for Auckland UniServices Ltd, ran Callahan Innovation's Global Expert programme for the Northern half of the North Island and had her own start-up manufacturing business which she subsequently sold.
Dr Marie Brown
Marie is the Senior Policy Analyst for EDS and the lead author of Vanishing Nature: facing New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis. She has 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.
Chris McArthur is Strategic Account Manager for Enphase Energy in New Zealand, a company that was in 2013 named both fastest growing clean tech company in Deloitte's Technology Fast 500, and World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. Enphase is responsible for producing the world's first commercially available microinverter in 2008, since then shipping around 10 million microinverters. Headquartered in California, Enphase Energy’s largest international engineering facility is based in Christchurch. With more than 15 years experience in the energy sector in New Zealand and overseas, Chris draws on a deep understanding of the local energy market to support Enphase’s fast-growing network of solar installers nationwide. A certified Project Manager and Partnership Practitioner with prior roles in resources, conservation, biofuels and in offshore solar markets, Chris has advised government and business on a broad range of issues pursuant to renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Paul Young is a researcher and communicator with the Morgan Foundation focused on climate change issues. Paul has been studying and working in the climate change space for eight years. He is a co-founder of Generation Zero.
Adrien is a former TV3 news journalist who covered the environment round. He's left journalism (although still does the odd bit of freelance work) to pursue business with his two startups: Bamtino and Offcut. He hasn't lost his passion for the environment though and he's a firm believer that big business can make faster progress towards solving environmental issues like climate change than politics can.
Gary Taylor is CEO of the Environmental Defence Society and co-convenor of the Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference.
Prof Ralph Sims
Ralph Sims began his career in Sustainable Energy at Massey University, New Zealand in 1971 making and testing biodiesel from animal fats. After 4 years based at the IEA (International Energy Agency) in Paris (2006-2009) as a senior analyst working on renewable energy and climate change mitigation, he has now returned to his position of Professor of Sustainable Energy, and Director, Centre for Energy Research which has had numerous post-graduate students and developed 15 internet-based papers on energy and climate.
He is consulting for the OECD on energy and rural development, writing policy sections of REN21 Global Status Reports, researching on distributed energy systems, a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers and of the UK Institute of Agricultural Engineers, a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand and received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from the NZ Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) of which he was a ministerial Board Member appointee for 3 terms.
Paul Callister is a Kapiti based economist who has undertaken social and economic research on local, national, and cross-national issues for a wide range of public, private sector and voluntary organisations. Paul volunteers for three local Kapiti restoration groups, Nga Uruora, Whareroa Farm and Queen Elizabeth Park. He also co-ordinates the recently developed ‘Kapiti Mainland Island’, a predator control project involving over 2,000 hectares of land.
With 20 years experience in the international wood products sector, Tony is also involved at the ownership and governance levels of two enterprises commercializing new technologies, Wood Engineering Technology Ltd. and Actionstep Ltd. Currently Tony is President Asia-pacific of Tenon Ltd., a NZX listed company headquartered in Auckland, and was previously an executive director of LumberLink Limited, the inaugural CEO of Wood Processors Association of New Zealand, Chairman of WOODCO the NZ forest products industry peak body and CEO of Thames Group Limited. Tony was a senior executive in the Fletcher Challenge Forests business during the decade of the 1990s where amongst other things he lived and worked in the USA spearheading Fletcher Forest’s entry into the North American wood distribution business.
I qualified as a Chemical Engineer from Auckland University and started my career as a project engineer in a range of industries within NZ, then moved into water desalination projects in Australia, UK and Middle East before working as a process engineer on North Sea energy projects. Returning to NZ, I took up a role in industrial chemical sales and marketing which turned into the product development and launch of Valvemaster - the lead replacement additive when NZ went unleaded. After this I established an enterprise to assist with commercialisation of IP in universities and research organisations prior to establishing Lomak an award winning laser technology company. A valley of death experience led to a role within government as a clean technology capital specialist. I am a passionate advocate for a smart prosperous low carbon economy, sometime ministerial advisor, public speaker and disobedient thinker and strategist.
Heather Mackenzie is a freelance writer and joined Pure Advantage in 2017. Heather has previously worked as a communications specialist for Land Information New Zealand and the Ministry for the Environment (Climate Change Team). She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters.
Justin Lester was elected Mayor of Wellington in 2016. He joined Wellington City Council as a Northern Ward Councillor in 2010 and then served as Deputy Mayor from 2013 until 2016. Justin’s priorities as Mayor include kick-starting the economy, making housing affordable, improving Wellington’s transport, replacing outdated bylaws and prioritising arts funding. He also wants to establish the country’s first wet house, provide a rates rebate for first-home builders and create the world’s first predator-free capital. Justin met his wife Liz at university and in 2016 they celebrated their 10-year anniversary. They have two young daughters and live in Johnsonville.
Sean Weaver is Executive Director of the rainforest carbon business Ekos. He is an expert in environmental financing, rainforest carbon, and the voluntary carbon market. He is pioneering market-based models for conservation in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. He works with businesses, forest-owning communities, governments, universities and multilateral banks.
Bernie Napp has held the role of policy manager at Straterra for the last five years. Previously he has worked as a NZ diplomat, newspaper reporter, and at the Department of Conservation, in communications, and later, policy. Conservation and resource management policy and regulatory reform has been a focus, as well as climate change. Bernie holds tertiary qualifications in geology and journalism. In his spare time he enjoys writing, music, painting, food and wine, mountainbiking, camping, gardening and planting trees. His daughter, Olivia, 8, is a member of her school’s eco-club.
Tracey was elected as a New Zealand First list Member of Parliament based in Warkworth at the 2011 Election. For the 50th and 51st Parliaments Tracey has been a member of the Education and Science Select Committee as well as working on specific bills at the Social Services Select Committee and the Justice and Electoral Select Committee. As a previous Credit Controller Tracey created New Zealand First’s “Up Front Investment Tertiary Policy”, to shift students from a financial debt to a skill debt in New Zealand, Tracey is the New Zealand First Spokesperson for Education, Women, Broadcasting, Communications and IT.
Dr Christine Jones
To the pressing worldwide challenge of helping farmers transition from high input systems while optimising farm productivity and remaining sustainable both environmentally and economically, Australian soil ecologist Dr Christine Jones offers an accessible, inspiring perspective. Christine has gained international recognition as a speaker, presenting on ‘The Fundamentals of Soil’ at workshops, field days, seminars and conferences throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Western Europe, Central America, USA and Canada. For further information visit www.amazingcarbon.com
Iain Hosie is co-founder and Managing Director of Revolution Fibres Ltd. After a career in environmental hazard management and policy, Iain accidentally became a high tech entrepreneur. Revolution Fibres is New Zealand’s premier advanced materials company and a global leader in nanofibre production, through its open innovation business model, enables companies to produce superior products using designed functional nanofibres.
Peter Bell is a film and TV director and writer, with an interest in New Zealand history, politics and social issues. He recently directed "Radar's Chequered Past" and is working on a feature documentary about UFC fighter Mark Hunt. Peter lives in Auckland with his partner and three pesky children.
Al Yates is a Director of Ecotricity. Ecotricity is New Zealands only carboNZero Certified electricity provider, 100% Kiwi and 49% Community owned.
Dr Jonathan Sperry
Dr Jonathan Sperry is a Senior Lecturer, Rutherford Discovery Fellow and member of the Centre for Green Chemical Science (CGCS) at the University of Auckland. The members of CGCS are laying the foundations for a sustainable future by promoting and facilitating interdisciplinary research, education and public engagement in Green Chemical Science.
Katherine Corich qualified as a commercial pilot before turning her considerable energy and intellect to becoming an expert in business transformation. Sysdoc Group, the New Zealand-based international business consultancy she founded 30 years ago, now has offices in four countries and a client list that includes the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, National Australia Bank and the Vodafone Group. An Associate Fellow of the University of Oxford – Saïd Business School, with an MA in Linguistics, she has recently been inducted into the NZ Hi-Tech Hall of Fame, was 2015 UK New Zealander of the Year, and has twice won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, among other accolades, while Sysdoc has been recognised for both its carbon reduction efforts and family-friendly workplace policies. Katherine is a Pure Advantage Trustee.
Simon Arnold is CEO of the National Energy Research Institute (NERI) half-time.
His other roles are: Managing Director of arnold.co.nz (commercialisation of physic and engineering research including New Zealand's capabilities in superconductivity); Executive Director of Blended Fuel Solutions NZ Ltd (manufactures "fit-for-purpose" fuels including pyrolysis of waste through subsidiary Nufuels Ltd); convener of the Liquid Biofuels Interest Group of the Bioenergy Association of NZ; and member of the industry advisory group of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.
Simon has also had senior roles in public policy and administration and in various business organisations.
Bill has a strong personal interest in a great wind turbine solution, he lives in an off-grid house and has a long standing interest and belief in local energy solutions. After mechanical engineering training, Bill worked for New Zealand Electricity for 4 years. Following some time working overseas, Bill did an MBA at Otago University, including a project for Fisher & Paykel Appliances which evolved into 18 years of employment with the company. He worked on a number of roles starting with design engineering on the DishDrawer team, and concluding with responsibility for Engineering Services for all sites.
Genevieve Northey is the Donations and Systems Advisor for The Tindall Foundation. Genevieve travelled to Marrakesh, Morocco to attend COP22 as a member of the AYLI Youth delegation. She is currently completing postgraduate studies at The Australian Centre of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, via QUT's Business School.
This article represents Genevieve’s thoughts and feelings about her own experience, and are not necessarily the views held by The Tindall Foundation.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Michal was educated at University of Economics in Prague graduating with Masters in Business Administration and Marketing. In 2006 Michal relocated to New Zealand where he now lives with his young family on Auckland’s North Shore. He is managing operations for LUBECO Bio-lubricants in New Zealand and Australia.
Trevor is a New Zealand civil engineer and environmental management consultant who has been living in Malaysia since 1996. He has been associated with the development of the nascent biochar industries in NZ and South East Asia since 2009. He is the managing director of Biochar Systems Ltd (NZ) and a founder of the NZ Biochar Interest Group, soilcarbon.org.nz.
Ian is the Global head of Agribusiness at KPMG.
Ian is the author of the KPMG Agribusiness Agenda, a series of thought leadership reports which have been produced annually since 2010. He is responsible for the development of KPMG New Zealand’s agribusiness sector focus group.
Ian presents in New Zealand and around the world on the future of food production, processing and consumption. He is considered to be one of the leading strategic thinkers on Agribusiness in New Zealand.
Being a member of the Te Hono movement, Ian attended the NZ Primary Industry Bootcamp at Stanford University in California in August 2014 for CEOs and Industry leaders.
Hon. Peter Dunne, born in Christchurch in 1954, graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1977 with a Master of Arts degree with Honours in Political Science, and has also studied business administration at Massey University.
He has been an MP since 1984, holding the north-west Wellington seats of Ōhāriu; Onslow; and Ōhāriu -Belmont.
Mr Dunne has led the UnitedFuture Party since October 1996.
He has been appointed Minister of Internal Affairs, Associate Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Conservation since January 2014 and he was Minister of Revenue, both part of the National/UnitedFuture Coalition Government. He has previously served as Minister of Regional Development; Associate Minister for the Environment and Associate Minister of Justice in the Palmer and Moore Labour Governments.
He has written two books: "Home is Where My Heart Is", published in 2002, and "In the Centre of Things", published in 2005.
A fourth generation dairy farmer and second generation veterinarian, Alison is a firm believer that our future food production systems have to be profitable and resilient while protecting and replenishing ecological health. Her Masters of Science (2015) focused on how Upper Waikato dairy farms can be profitable while achieving the lowest possible environmental impact. She previously worked for Nestle Australia in Business Development & Quality Assurance, Commonwealth Bank in lending, and managed Intelact Australia. She has skills in animal health and nutrition, agricultural business performance, adult education, policy and ecosystem health. She was elected to the NZ Veterinary Board in 2015 and is on the National Environmental Reference Group for Landcorp. She was a finalist for the NZI sustainability champion in 2014, received a commendation for community impact for her work with farmers, and was a finalist in the 2015 Women of Influence Awards in Public Policy.
Dr Kennedy Graham
Dr Kennedy Graham is a member of the NZ Parliament, since 2008. He holds the portfolios of global affairs, defence and disarmament, and intelligence and security. He serves on the Foreign Affairs Committee (vice-chairman 2011-14) and the Privileges Committee.
Before entering Parliament, Dr Graham was a NZ diplomat, a UN official, and a university teacher. He has taught international politics and international law at Canterbury and Victoria Universities in New Zealand, and as Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Belgium. He also served as a senior consultant to the UN’s Dept. of Political & Security Council Affairs, and to the UN High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. He has lived and worked in ten countries throughout Asia, Middle East, Europe, North America and the South Pacific. Dr Graham was involved in the South Pacific Nuclear-Free Zone negotiations as a NZ delegate.
On international work, Dr. Graham is vice-chairman of IPU-NZ, co-convenor of the Global Greens Parliamentarian Association, and has been a member of the board of directors of GLOBE-International. Dr Graham holds a B.Com (Auckland), M.A. in International Relations (Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Boston), Ph.D. (Victoria University, Wellington), and was a Research Fellow at Cambridge University He has authored or edited five books including ‘The Planetary Interest – A New Concept for the Global Age’. He is founding Director of the NZ Centre for Global Studies.
Kevin is a semi-retired scientist who has led development as a Research Associate at Landcare Research in Palmerston North. Kevin is a Fellow of The Royal Society of New Zealand, and began his research on climate change in 1970 at DSIR with the (then) Soil Bureau. Kevin was awarded the Marsden Medal in 2005 for his research on climate change, and the inaugural L.J McCraw Medal in 2012 for his contribution to soil science.
Simon Chamberlain is the CEO of GreenAir, the company he founded in 2001 to bring vitality to commercial buildings and city streets through plantscapes and living walls. GreenAir design, build, install and maintain green walls and green facades, as well as customised planters. The business has a strong focus on sustainability and loves to push the envelope in their sector.
Bridgit Hawkins, a Massey University alumni, is an agricultural business specialist with extensive commercial experience in the rural sector, Bridgit is a founder of Regen Ltd; an innovative company creating world class, technology-based solutions for the agricultural sector.
Bridgit’s experience includes strategic development and business analysis for organisations as diverse as AgResearch, SpectraNet, Danish Technology Institute (DTI), Agribusiness Research and Education Network (AREN), TradeNZ and Catapult Genetics. Bridgit has presented on effluent management and environmental sensing solutions at various industry conferences throughout New Zealand, Korea and South America.
Geoff Manks is Managing Director of Sage Partners Ltd and has 27 years of experience in commercial insurance broking. He was the owner of a New Zealand's private insurance broking company before selling and joining as Director/Shareholder of one of Australasia's largest insurance broking companies. He left 10 years ago to focus on crafting bespoke insurance solutions for business and the insurance industry. Geoff is the Lloyd's Coverholder for forestry insurance, designing and bringing to market the first carbon forest plantation in Australasia. Geoff has a strong interest in blackbox underwriting & has had software built to manage underwriting for single cargo transit insurance.
As an environmental scientist with GNS Science, I track carbon, nitrogen and water through farms, catchments and at national and global scales.
Jake Roos has a Masters of Applied Science in Energy Management which he has been putting to good use in the local government sector for the last twelve years, in areas as varied as planning policy, electric vehicles, renewable energy, carbon accounting, eco-homes, community resilience and emissions mitigation strategies, winning multiple awards in the process. He now operates as a freelance consultant offering support to organisations with climate change and energy-related projects, policies and plans.
Philip Millichamp is National Environmental Manager at Oji Fibre Solutions. He is responsible for environment, sustainability and external relations.
Alistair Davis grew up in Wellington and educated at Wellington College and Victoria University graduating with a LL.B and B.C.A (majoring in Business Administration) in 1979.
He joined Toyota New Zealand in 1979 with roles across most functions in the organisation over the 30 plus years. He was appointed a General Manager in 1987, was assigned to Toyota Motor Sales in Los Angeles for 2 years in 2001 and eventually became Chief Executive Officer of Toyota New Zealand in 2008 as it celebrated 20 years of market leadership.
Alistair is presently on a number of non-Toyota boards including recently being elected chair of the Sustainable Business Council Advisory Board.
Alistair is married with 4 adult children and 1 grandchild and is involved in a range of Christian activities as a trustee and previous Chairman of Alpha in New Zealand.
Dr Matthew Kiernan
Dr. Kiernan is founder and Chief Executive of Inflection Point Capital Management, a specialist, research-driven investment management boutique based in London, New York, Paris, and Melbourne with roughly $1 billion under advisement.
Lan Pham was the highest polling candidate elected to Environment Canterbury Regional Council in 2016 when she campaigned on prioritising the health of our people and planet. Her background is in Freshwater Ecology (MSc) where it was New Zealand's quirky native fish which first got her engaged in environmental issues. She is the founder and Director of Working Waters Trust, a freshwater restoration and education trust which works alongside communities across Canterbury, Otago and Southland to restore the habitats of NZ’s most endangered freshwater fish and raise their profile in the public eye. Lan is passionate about placing climate change at the centre of decision making and building resilience into our management of resources.
Sir Robert Harvey
Sir Robert (Bob) Harvey KNZM QSO, is the Champion for Auckland responsible for International Investment he was recently Chairman of Waterfront Auckland responsible for delivering a world class waterfront for Auckland city. He is the Auckland ambassador for the Lee Kuan Yew Award which Auckland City has entered for the 2016 Supreme World Award for the World’s most livable city. He is Chairman of the Telecom Spark Foundation, Chairman of BNZ West and holds the position of Vice President of Mayors for Peace. He served 6 terms as Mayor of the city of Waitakere, retiring in November 2010. He was awarded, with six international Mayors, the United Nations Award for Peace in 1997 and the United Nations Life Time Achievement Award for the Environment in 2007.
Bruce has 25 years commercial experience across the Asia Pacific, UK and USA. He has held executive positions in National Australia Bank, ASB Bank and The Warehouse. He is presently Chief Executive of Total Home Solutions company HRV & Chairman of Pushpay (NZAX ‘PAY’).
Geoff grew up barefoot in Okaihau (Far North) and West Auckland. He has now lived in Wellington for more than 15 years, working as an economist for a variety of organisations such as Treasury and the Morgan Foundation. He’s learned that we can solve our problems – but we aren’t doing so because our politicians choose popular solutions over smart solutions. Aotearoa New Zealand is a rich country; we can enjoy a beautiful natural environment if we stop subsidising the industries that destroy it. Geoff is now Deputy Leader and Wellington Central candidate for The Opportunities Party (TOP).
Mike Bassett-Smith I am Managing Director at PowerSmart, the largest solar power integrator in New Zealand. I have a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria, Canada, where I studied how finance relates to the renewable energy industry, and sustainability in general. This interest in sustainability and renewable energy led to the founding of PowerSmart in 2007 with two friends from university. I have been on the Sustainable Business Network Board and am currently a director with Solpho.
Victoria Crawford-Flett is an integral part of the team at Young Enterprise Trust, based in Wellington. A recent graduate from the Victoria University Business School, she has a particular interest in business, education and environmental sustainability. Young Enterprise Trust provides a range of enterprise and financial literacy resources to schools throughout New Zealand. In 2014 Young Enterprise worked with over 90,000 students to turn them into entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and people that can manage their money.
Dave Cull successfully stood for the Dunedin City Council in 2007 and has been Mayor of the city since 2010.
Dave is focused on both economic and environmental sustainability as Dunedin realises its vision of being one of the world's great small cities.
Under his leadership, Dunedin has become a more outward looking city with ever-strengthening international relationships, providing profitable educational and business links. Dunedin is also presenting its thriving creative sector to the world through its UNESCO Creative City of Literature status, and has been increasingly conscious of the need to respond to 21st century challenges such as climate change.
James is a property & construction professional with an in-depth understanding of sustainable building methodologies and innovative affordable housing plans. James is a strong advocate of green growth initiatives and authenticating New Zealand’s clean green image through social and ecological entrepreneurship.
The Founder of Pure Advantage, Phillip Mills is one of the pioneers of the international fitness industry and a driving force behind the popularisation of the modern group fitness experience.
Allen Cookson spent most of his life teaching science at secondary school level. After retirement he completed a B.App. Econ. degree. He is author of Prosperity, Poverty or Extinction? Humanity’s Choices. The book, which has earned praise internationally, links economics, science and other disciplines in a quest for solutions to humanity’s ecological quandaries.
Dr Megan Woods
Dr Megan Woods is the Member of Parliament for Wigram. She sits on Labour’s Front Bench as the Spokesperson for Canterbury Issues, Climate Change Issues, Energy, Science & Innovation, and Research & Development and Associate for Trade and Export Growth. Megan has a PhD in New Zealand History from the University of Canterbury and prior to entering Parliament she worked in the field of technology commercialisation at Plant and Food Research Ltd.
Hon Lianne Dalziel (LLB) was elected as the Mayor of Christchurch in October 2013, after serving for 23 years in the New Zealand Parliament.
Lianne served as a Cabinet Minister in the 5th Labour Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Rt. Hon Helen Clark (1999-2008). During that time, Lianne held a number of portfolios, including Immigration, Commerce, Food Safety, Women’s Affairs & Senior Citizens and associate roles in Education and Justice. After the change in government in 2008, she was elected to chair the Commerce Select Committee, which had oversight of the regulation of the non-banking finance sector.
The Christchurch East electorate was severely affected by the 2010/11 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence and Lianne played an important role in ensuring that her constituents had access to accurate information, as well as ensuring that their concerns were communicated to decision-makers. Lianne was invited to join the UNISDR’s Parliamentary Advisory Group on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2012. With this background, Lianne has become a champion of resilience, with Christchurch selected as one of the first tranche of cities to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities Network pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Sir Stephen Tindall
Stephen Tindall is the founder of The Warehouse Group, an Angel investor, a Trustee of The Tindall Foundation, and a member of Pure Advantage.
Cam is the Communications & Marketing Coordinator at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary and has a strong interest in the power of creative communications to inspire positive action. Conservation and wildlife is his focus and he’s particularly interested in the positive effect tourism and business can have on its surrounding environment.
Gerri Ward is Z Energy’s Sustainability Manager, leading the development and effective integration of Z’s sustainability strategy. Gerri is passionate about realising transformational change through purpose- and values-led organisational leadership. She has a background in climate change and natural resource policy implementation, and led the government’s Carbon Neutral Public Sector programme, and stakeholder engagement on business opportunities out of climate change.
Mike Bennetts became CEO of Z Energy in April 2010, after 25 years with BP in a variety of downstream roles in New Zealand, China, South Africa, the UK and Singapore.
His last role was as CEO of BP’s Eastern Hemisphere supply and trading business.
Zane is Chief Executive Officer of NZ Bus, the largest operator of urban bus services in New Zealand. It has a fleet of over 1,000 buses, employs approximately 1,900 people and carries over 50 million passengers each year, across its operations in Auckland and Wellington.
NZ Bus’ market leadership in public transport provision is built on its track record of innovation and continuous improvement to deliver efficient, reliable and accessible bus services. It recently announced plans to invest NZ$43m in Wrightspeed electric powertrains to enable it to lead the transition to electric-powered public transport in New Zealand, and in turn enable New Zealand to play a lead role in global efforts to address climate change.
Prior to joining NZ Bus in 2008, Zane held senior leadership and executive roles in a number of sectors including Finance, Manufacturing/FMCG, Petroleum and Civil Construction.
Prof. James Renwick
James has over 30 years’ experience in weather and climate research, specialising in large-scale climate variations. His interests include the El Niño/La Niña cycle and the mid-latitude westerly winds, and the impacts of climate variability and change on New Zealand. James was a lead author for the 4th and 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports and is a member of the World Climate Research Programme Joint Scientific Committee.
Piers Maclaren is a retired forestry scientist. He was editor of the New Zealand Journal for Forestry from 2009–2012, worked for many years at the Forest Research Insitute (now Scion), and won the Thomas Kirk Horn Award for forestry in 2006. His publications include The Radiata Pine Growers’ Manual (1993), an industry classic, and The Environmental Effects of Planted Forests in New Zealand (1996). He’s also an early advocate of afforestation for climate change mitigation, publishing Trees in the Greenhouse in 2000.
Andre Prassinos was born in Reno, Nevada and spent his childhood growing up in the Western United States with time spent in Denver, Colorado and Southern California. Andre’s early career was in the real estate sector where he owned Real Estate Services Network, a company dedicated to providing a range of services to large-scale property owners. Andre & his wife Heather live in Rotorua, where he is Managing Director of BioBrew Ltd.
Dr Niki Harre
Steve has been helping disruptive ideas become great businesses for more than 20 years, and is currently CEO of Flick Electric Co, a disruptive electricity retail business he co-founded in 2013. Entrepreneurism runs in O’Connor’s veins. As well as overseeing some of Wellington’s most recent start-up successes in his five-years as Chief Executive of Creative HQ, O’Connor also co-founded market intelligence company Marketview, and was a shareholder in and Managing Director of Datamine. He has also held senior strategy, innovation, marketing and product management positions at Meridian Energy, Arc Innovations and NTL Plc in London (now Virgin Media).
Carl is an accountant by profession who joined the family business in 1996. As managing director he is busy guiding the day-to-day activities of Metal Art Ltd, while also being actively involved in wider issues affecting his industry and community. Carl has overseen the development of recycled plastic as a viable alternative to traditional materials, and is at the forefront of promoting the economic and environmental benefits of productively using plastic waste in the Wellington region and beyond.
Glenn Murdoch is an Architectural Designer in Christchurch focusing on Passive Houses. He is also a Board Member of the Passive House Institute New Zealand (PHINZ). PHINZ is a registered charity with the broad aims of educating New Zealanders about and promoting the introduction of the Passive House Standard.
Mike Manning (B.Ag.Sc) is currently CP Ag General Manager Innovation & Strategy at Ravensdown. Mike has a vast experience in the fertiliser industry with some 34 years of direct involvement. Mike has responsibility for Ravensdown’s Innovation & Strategy. This encompasses but not limited to the Ravensdown research and development Investments, the PGP research partnership with MPI, ARL the company owned soil and plant diagnostic laboratory, the developing Ravensdown Environmental Consultancy business and the Ravensdown Environmental policy team.
Andrew Eagles is the chief executive of the New Zealand Green Building Council. He took up this role in September 2016 after returning from more than 13 years in London, where he was CEO of the Brick Development Association, and prior to that the Managing Director of Sustainable Homes.
Andrew is a qualified economist who has worked for consultancies, associations, government and built-environment charities. He has a wealth of knowledge in housing, market mechanisms, advocacy and the construction supply chain.
The New Zealand Green Building Council is the country’s leading not-for-profit dedicated to creating a quality, sustainable built environment. Find out more at www.nzgbc.org.nz.
Dr Shaun Forgie
Shaun Forgie is a director of Dung Beetle Innovations and is head of Production and Research. In his previous role as a research scientist for Landcare Research, New Zealand’s foremost environmental research institute, Shaun received a science excellence award for his key role in the Dung Beetle Project. Shaun is a globally recognised dung beetle expert with PhD and MSc (Hons) degrees specialising in dung beetle reproduction, ecology and evolution.
Marama Fox is the Co-leader of the Māori Party and list MP based in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, elected in the 2014 General Election. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Marama worked for 26 years in the education sector; at the grassroots level in the classrooms, working her way up eventually becoming Principal, before working for the Ministry of Education as an advisor.
Marama has taken on the role as advocate for indigenous rights in the New Zealand Parliament, following in the footsteps of not only her predecessors, Hon Dame Tariana Turia and Hon Sir Pita Sharples, founding Co-leaders of the Maori Party, but also from those who have advocated kaupapa Māori over the numerous decades to attain the array of Māori initiatives supporting Māori.
Te Ururoa Flavell is of Ngāti Rangiwewehi (Te Arawa) and Ngāpuhi descent. Te Ururoa was raised in Rotorua and continues to live in his whānau homestead in Ngongotaha. He is married to Erana and they have five tamariki and two mokopuna.
Te Ururoa holds a Bachelor of Arts (Māori Studies and Anthropology) from the University of Auckland, a Master of Arts (Māori) from Waikato University and is a former student of Te Panekiretanga o Te Reo (Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language). He is also a proud St Stephens Old Boy.
Trained as a teacher, Te Ururoa taught for many years at both secondary and tertiary levels. He has also held leadership roles in education as a school principal, CEO at a whare wānanga and a consultant to various government agencies.
Te Ururoa Flavell was first elected to Parliament as a Māori Party MP for the Waiariki electorate in 2005 and he has successfully held the seat for Waiariki since. He is currently the Māori Party Co-leader, the Minister for Māori Development, Minister for Whānau Ora and Associate Minister for Economic Development.
Stuart Smith is the current Member of Parliament for Kaikoura. He currently lives in Blenheim with his family and is very passionate about his community and electorate.
John Caradus is CEO of Grasslanz Technology. John was CEO of Dexcel, and Science GM for AgResearch. John has a background in forage plant breeding. John is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ), the NZ Institute Agricultural Science, and the Agronomy Society NZ. He is Past President of the NZ Institute of Agricultural Science, the New Zealand Grassland Association and the New Zealand Plant Breeding and Research Association. He is currently on the RSNZ Council.
Nicki has been an environmental marketer since graduating from Otago University in Applied Science and Marketing back in the 90s. Nicki has been involved with Feltex Carpets and Lend Lease's Two Billion Sustainable Urban Community in Melbourne Docklands. Nicki is now Marketing Director of solarcity.
Dean Baigent-Mercer has often invisibly been involved with the key environmental campaigns within Aotearoa over the past twenty years. Sometimes writer/researcher, sometimes activist, sometimes pest controller or mead maker, he has worked nationally and internationally with Greenpeace and across these islands with Forest & Bird and other NGOs.
Dr Jeremy Hill
Dr Jeremy Hill
Past President International Dairy Federation
Chief Science & Technology Officer, Fonterra Co-operative Group
Jeremy has held a number of senior R&D leadership roles throughout the dairy supply chain. Between 2012-2016 Jeremy served as President and Chairman of the Board of the International Dairy Federation (IDF), the peak body for the global dairy sector. Jeremy is a Governor of the Global Dairy Agenda for Action on sustainability and chairs the GDAA Advisory Board composed of diverse expertise from senior leaders from the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, World Bank, World Wildlife Fund, American Human Society, ASDA Walmart, Rabobank, Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, and Solidaridad an international civil society organization focussed on facilitating the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains. Jeremy has published over 100 papers and holds four patents on various aspects of dairy science and technology as well as giving numerous presentations at international conferences.
Prof. Jacqueline Rowarth
Jacqueline Rowarth is Professor of Agribusiness at University of Waikato. She has a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Science and a PhD in Soil Science from Massey University, and has worked in research, education, management and governance with Agresearch, Lincoln University, Unitec in Auckland, The University of Melbourne, Massey University, Crop and Food Research and AGMARDT. She has also been elected to leadership positions: President of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science and President of the New Zealand Grassland Association. She is a frequent contributor to public debate in the media and speaks to industry, society and school groups whenever invited. She also teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students, and works with them on professional development.In 2008 she was awarded Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Agricultural Science.
Dr Andrew West is an ecologist who worked for the NZ Government's Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. He has a PhD in ecology from the University of Westminster.
Dr Tom Trnski
Dr Tom Trnski is Head of Natural Sciences at Auckland Museum. Over 30 years he has coordinated and led marine surveys to remote reefs and islands across the Pacific Ocean and experienced first hand the differences between exploited and unexploited habitats. He is passionate about enabling marine communities to recover from exploitation and human impacts, and marine reserves are a valuable tool to deliver on this vision.
A mother of six, Maree trained in photography and journalism. A conversational writer, she has had successes involving overseas trips as a photojournalist, including documenting WWII veterans who returned to Cassino, (Italy) 2004 and recently she accompanied the families of WWI executed soldiers who travelled the Western Front to visit the graves of five Kiwi soldiers who perished in what she described as ‘Judicial Murders’. Supported by her employers, Awarua Synergy, she accompanied an exhibition of her work (b/w imagery) ‘Return to Monte Cassino’ to Italy 2014 as an invited guest artist.
Sue Reidy is an Auckland-based freelance writer, editor, speechwriter, blog writer, web content provider, manuscript assessor, novelist and poet. She offers business writing and web content for local bodies, not-for-profit organisations, educational institutions, corporate businesses and small businesses representing a very diverse range of industry sectors.
Caroline King is a former journalist for Fairfax Media. She is now a communications advisor for Landcare Research.
Dr Stanley Bellgard & Greg Ford
Dr Stanley Bellgard and Greg Ford are joint authors of ‘Catching a kauri killer’. Dr Bellgard Landcare Research Biodiversity and Conservation team researcher. Greg is former editor of The Weekend Press and Landcare Research's communications manager.
Nigel Brunel is Director, Financial Markets at OMF. OMF is a leading carbon broker and member of the NZX. Nigel is one of the original OMF team, joining the firm in 1986.
Nigel has considerable experience and understanding of the financial markets with particular emphasis on renewable energy, commodity, dairy and equity futures markets. He is also a prominent figure in the NZ carbon and dairy markets.
Dr Sean Simpson
Sean is the Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of LanzaTech. Sean spent the first 12 years of his life living in various countries around the world, including Mauritius, Zambia and Gibraltar, before his family returned to England. He now lives with his family in Auckland, New Zealand. Sean and his wife Silvia have two young children, a daughter Cecilia and a son Liam.
Jo Clendon is the founder of the Bikes Welcome charitable trust (www.bikeswelcome.org). After graduating from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce degree she worked in Sydney and internationally. Her career features leadership roles in high profile international companies including: Procter & Gamble, EDS, Compaq, HP and Oracle. She returned to live in New Zealand in 2008. Since the birth of her second child in 2009 she has been a stay-at-home parent focused on the needs of her family as well as serving her community. After witnessing how it is done in Europe, Jo has been using a bike for everyday transport since and loves how much easier and more pleasant it is than using the car. She is a keen advocate for everyday cycling, improving children’s access to safe and accessible cycling everyday, healthy active communities and the environment. Jo also writes about cycling with kids (www.cyclingwithkids.co.nz).
Tane & Clare Bradley
Tane Bradley is the General Manager of AgriseaNZ, a multi-award winning sustainable New Zealand company, family owned and operated. The company produces Seaweed Soil, Foliar, Turf, Pasture and Animal Health concentrates for Agriculture and Horticulture. Clare Bradley is group research co-ordinator.
Chris has spent 25 years leading technology firms. His California Company provided 3D software and solutions for architecture, civil/mechanical engineering and film. Chris also developed proprietary software applications and served on the reseller advisory boards of Autodesk, Macromedia and Softdesk.
In New Zealand Chris launched into 3D filmmaking and earned a conservation achievement award from DOC. Chris consults at UNITEC as a senior lecturer on 3D Animation, Film Design and Renewable Energy. He has a degree in Aviation Administration and is US FAA rated as a Multiengine Airline Transport Pilot. Chris is an avid sailor and yacht designer.
Don Carson became Communications Manager for the New Zealand Forest Owners Association earlier this year. He has been a radio and television host and journalist.
Previous roles have been in communications for Federated Farmers, Seafood New Zealand, Hutt City Council and Wools of New Zealand. Don has recently completed his Law Bar examinations.
Inside the primary sector, Don managed a halal certification company, and is director of a project to import exotic sheep into New Zealand.
Rod Oram has forty years’ experience as an international business journalist. He has worked for various publications in Europe, North America and New Zealand, including the Financial Times and the New Zealand Herald. He is currently a columnist for the Sunday Star-Times; a regular broadcaster on radio and television; and a frequent public speaker on sustainability, business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, in both New Zealand and global contexts.
Eva Collins is an Associate Professor of Strategy at Waikato Management School. She is the Co-Chair of the University of Waikato's Sustainability Committee, and Sustainability Coordinator for Waikato Management School. Her teaching and research focuses on strategic sustainable business.
Mark Belton is Managing Director of Permanent Forests NZ Ltd. The company specialises in growing forests for carbon sequestration and conservation purposes, and trading forest carbon units.
Tom Nickels is Managing Director of Waste Management NZ, New Zealand's largest waste and environmental services provider. Tom has led Waste Management since 2008, taking the organisation through a change in ownership in 2014. Previous roles include Chief Executive Woodproducts at Carter Holt Harvey, General Manager Australasia and Asia for Fletcher Challenge Forests and Managing Director Chubb NZ. Tom has lived in New Zealand for more than 20 years.
Hannah Muir is a senior member of the team at Ecotricity, New Zealand's only 100% carboNZero certified renewable electricity.
Paul Stanley Ward & Dr Marie Brown
Marie is the Senior Policy Analyst for EDS and the lead author of Vanishing Nature: facing New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis. She has 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.
Paul is a Wellington writer; his CV lists Oxford, Discovery Channel, NZ On Screen editor and pulling manky rats from traps in Polhill Gully. He is a lifelong bird-nerd.
Dr. Gordon Hosking Dr. David Bergin
David is director of Environmental Restoration Ltd (ERL) where he is a scientist specialising in restoration ecology and promoting the planting and management of indigenous timber species. Until recently he was a senior scientist with the Crown Research Institute Scion with 35 years of applied research experience.
Dr Gordon Hosking has over 40 years experience in forest health research and research management. Much of this time was spent with New Zealand’s Forest Research Institute’s Forest Health Group working on pests of both exotic and indigenous forests.
John McDermott is managing the technology and commercial development of Digital Water. He is an electronics engineer with background in telecommunications and smart grid applications. John also has an MBA and is a keen entrepreneur advocating lean principles. He moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2007 and lives in East Tamaki, Auckland.
Sam Judd is the co-founder and CEO of the multi-award-winning charity Sustainable Coastlines. In 2013 he was named Young New Zealander of the Year as recognition of the work that his team has achieved. During his eight years at the helm of Sustainable Coastlines they have grown into a globally recognised movement that inspires, educates and enables communities to protect the places they love. Since inception they have delivered education presentations to over 150,000 people, removed more than 1 million litres of rubbish from the coastlines and planted over 50,000 trees next to waterways.
Bernadette Casey is a textile designer and Creative Director at The Formary. A Wellington native she now makes her home in Milan while expanding The Formary into the European market.
Stuart Innes is a co-founder and one of the managing directors of emhTrade, an independent energy services company that has recently launched P2, a peer to peer electricity platform for New Zealand households. Prior to this he has worked in the electricity sector for a decade, both in New Zealand and overseas. His expertise lies primarily in quantitative analytics and trading, as well as wholesale market design.
Mark Unwin has spent the last 12 years in senior management positions, building businesses based on providing compelling customer propositions. Mark sold his business Viaduct, New Zealand’s leading independent eftpos provider, to Smartpay in 2013. Following the transition from Smartpay, he founded iGenerate. iGenerate is set up to help make solar affordable to all New Zealanders.
As Managing Director, Mark is responsible for the business’s strategic direction and the customer experience from first contact to post install service.