Fishing in Aotearoa New Zealand
We’re currently undertaking a project on ‘Keeping Aotearoa New Zealand at the leading edge of global fisheries management’.
Read the terms of reference (PDF, 247KB)
Expert panel members
Meet the members of the expert panel for our fishing project.
If you would like to join the reference group, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cawthron Institute / Sustainable Seas
Dr Chris Cornelisen is the group manager for coastal sciences at Cawthron Institute and has more than 20 years research experience in physical biology, coastal processes and land-sea interactions. He is a member of the Challenge Leadership Team for the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge (NSC) and leads the Precision Farming Technologies for Aquaculture spearhead for the Science for Technological Innovation NSC. Chris and the teams he leads have significantly advanced ocean observing and have made significant impacts on the management of marine resources in New Zealand, including development of best management practices and standards for aquaculture, integrated frameworks for monitoring regional state of the environment, remote monitoring technologies, and novel tools and methods for assessing multiple stressors and ecosystem health.
Seafood New Zealand and more
Craig Ellison has a long history in the seafood industry. For many years he was a director, financial and quota manager for his whānau fishing company Ōtākou Fisheries. He was involved in the introduction of the Quota Management System and from 1992–2004 was a Te Ohu Kai Moana (Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Commission) Commissioner. Previous directorships include Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd from its inception until 2007, and again from 2016 to 2018, the Sealord Group, NZ Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), chairing Ngāi Tahu Seafoods, the NZ Seafood Standards Council and NIWA. His current board appointments include Chair of Poutama Trust, Seafood New Zealand, and Wellington Zoo. Craig is also on the governance boards of the National Science Challenge, Science for Technological Innovation, and the Strategic Science Investment Fund Antarctic Platform.
Livia Esterhazy is the Chief Executive Officer of WWF-New Zealand. She is an experienced and highly connected leader who is hugely passionate about sustainability and environmental matters. WWF has long campaigned for the sustainable management of fisheries. WWF’s work in Aotearoa New Zealand includes promoting better regulation of fisheries to manage impacts on ecosystems, advocating for solutions to address by-catch, and working with industry and buyers to promote sustainability.
Dr Rosie Hurst is Chief Scientist – Fisheries at NIWA. Rosie has a PhD in zoology and has worked in fisheries research in New Zealand since 1979, initially for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and then NIWA. She is a specialist in middle depth and inshore fisheries resource surveys and stock assessment, climate effects on fisheries, and fish communities. She is currently an active member of Fisheries New Zealand Deepwater and Inshore Fisheries stock assessment working groups.
University of Auckland
Dr Andrew Jeffs has broad professional experience relating to marine science, the marine environment and seafood production. He is a marine scientist at the University of Auckland and works on various aspects of seafood resources and coastal restoration. He is a member of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) funding research programme that is developing alternatives to bottom trawling for scampi. He previously worked at NIWA, which included extensive work with seafood companies in Aotearoa New Zealand, around development of aquaculture production and improved use of wild fisheries resources.
Andrew (Anaru) Luke has nearly 20 years’ experience relating to the use, management and protection of natural resources. He has a thorough understanding of kaitiakitanga and how it applies to management of natural resources. Anaru has held various iwi and hapū governance and company director positions. He is an independent director of Te Tao Tangaroa Limited (the Ngāti Rārua Iwi fishing company), providing specialist leadership on customary fishing regulations and Māori environmental management of fisheries. As Kāhui Chair he is an active member of the Kāhui Māori for the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge.
Environmental Defence Society
Raewyn Peart is policy director at the Environmental Defence Society (EDS). She has more than 20 years’ professional experience in environmental law and policy, having worked as a resource management lawyer and policy advisor to business, government and the not-for-profit sector. Raewyn recently released a book on fisheries management (Voices from the Sea: Managing New Zealand’s Fisheries) and is leading EDS’s projects on resource management law reform and landscape protection. In 2019 she was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to environmental and conservation policy.
University of Canterbury
Professor Mike Plank is a professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Canterbury and principal investigator at Te Pūnaha Matatini, New Zealand’s Centre of Research Excellence in Complex Systems and Data Analytics. He has research interests in ecological and social networks, population dynamics, size-structured marine ecosystems, collective cell behaviour, and intracellular dynamics. His research is application-driven and focuses on mechanistic mathematical and stochastic models that capture the emergent behaviour of a biological system and offer qualitative insight into key governing mechanisms.
Te Ohu Kaimoana
Dion Tuuta is the chief executive of Te Ohu Kaimoana. He has extensive experience in working with Māori businesses and post-Treaty settlement governance entities and holds a Master’s degree in history from Massey University. Dion has held a number of diverse roles during his career including iwi manager, communications manager, policy manager, Treaty claim negotiator, writer and historian. He is also a director of Wellington-based lobster export business Port Nicholson Fisheries Limited Partnership and Seafood NZ.
Plant & Food Research / University of Auckland
Dr Maren Wellenreuther has a strong interest in the genomics, population genetics and ecology of the managed marine environment, having published more than 50 publications in related areas. Maren is New Zealand’s only member of the science advisory panel on the Blue Economy Corporate Research Centre, leads an MBIE programme on fish genetics, is a principal investigator on the data science for aquaculture Strategic Science Investment Fund programme, and won the Hamilton Award presented by the Royal Society Te Apārangi in 2018 for her research on fish genetics. Maren is also a 0.2 associate professor at the University of Auckland, on the ecology, evolution and behaviour panel of the Marsden Fund and was a member of the Performance-Based Research Fund panel for biological sciences in the last round.
This month we are starting work on an exciting new project in the office looking at how science can contribute to keeping Aotearoa New Zealand at the leading edge of global fisheries management.