Our panel

We convened an expert panel to create a diverse and balanced group that could guide Juliet and the Office in preparing this report. Meet the expert panel members below.

We are incredibly grateful to the support and hard work that the panel has put into this research. The values below reflect the views of the project’s expert panel and framed our work:

  • Retain what has worked – build on strong foundations to enhance outcomes for commercial fishing, the community and the environment, and remain open to new ways of doing things.
  • Challenge and inspire – use knowledge and science to challenge, inspire and guide a better future for commercial fisheries and Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Responsibility – to be good ancestors and ensure we maintain and enhance the resource for those generations to come.
  • Te hā o Tangaroa kia ora ai tāua – protection of the environment (and ecosystem) so that utilisation is possible and sustainable.
  • Respect – respect for the oceans, the people, and the products we produce and share. We reflect on what sustains us, the contributions made, and the high value of our products.
  • Crown obligations – have respect for the agreements made between the Crown and iwi in relation to fisheries and the marine environment, such as Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the 1992 Fisheries Settlement.

Read the Terms of Reference (PDF, 247KB)

The fish panel meets on Zoom
The panel listens to a presentation
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.
WWF-New Zealand
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.
Cawthron Institute
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.


We thank the many researchers, stakeholders and interested parties who agreed to be on our reference group, met with the team, provided introductions, generously contributed time, energy and suggestions to this project through conversation, consultation, peer review or high-level comments on the report. We are particularly grateful to those who hosted the team to give us the necessary insights into the setting of commercial fisheries on which we were providing advice. Though we have incorporated as much feedback as possible, we acknowledge that this is an area with highly contested views and that as a result not all suggestions could be actioned. As such, our acknowledgement of people who helped us with this project in no way reflects endorsement of the project itself. We have done our utmost to keep track of everyone who has contributed and they are recorded below. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inadvertent errors.

We’d also like to acknowledge those who chose not to be listed in these acknowledgements.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou.

Abbie Bull, Ministry for the Environment

Adam Smith, Massey University

Alec Woods, Pacific Networks

Alaric McCarthy, Cawthron Institute

Alex Rogers, Hauraki Gulf Forum

Alice Rogers, Victoria University of Wellington

Alison Collins, Ministry for the Environment

Alison Greenaway, Manaaki Whenua

Alistair Jerrett, formerly Plant & Food Research

Amanda Leathers, World Wildlife Fund

Anastasija Zaiko, Cawthron Institute

Andrew Hill, Fisheries New Zealand

Andrew Peti, New Zealand Coastal Seafoods

Andrew Talley and the team at Talley’s Motueka

Angus McIntosh, University of Canterbury

Anita Lee, Marine Stewardship Council

Anna Madarasz-Smith, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Anna Yallop, Seafood Innovations

Anne Gabriel, Marine Stewardship Council

Anthony Tuanui, cray fisher, Rēkohu Wharekauri the Chatham Islands

Aroha Spinks, World Wildlife Fund

Ashley Rowden, Victoria University of Wellington

Balam Jimenez, Victoria University of Wellington

Barry Torkington

Barry Weeber, ECO NZ

Becky Shanahan, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

Beth Fulton, CSIRO, Australia

Beth Hampton, Ministry for Primary Industries

Brendan Flack, East Otago Taiāpure Committee

Bronwen Golder, Stanford Centre for Ocean Solutions

Bubba Cook, World Wildlife Fund-NZ

Carol Scott, Southern Inshore Fisheries Management Company

Caroline Wahid, Department of Conservation

Carolyn Lundquist, University of Auckland

Carolyn Walker, Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment

Cath Wallace, ECO NZ

Ceri Warnock, University of Otago

Charles Heaphy, Sealord

Charlotte Austin, Fisheries New Zealand

Chris Battershill, University of Waikato

Chris Hepburn, University of Otago

Chris Rodley, SnapIT

Chris Tyler, SnapIT

Christina Stringer, University of Auckland

Cliff Law, NIWA

Conrad Pilditch, University of Waikato Constance Nutsford, Ministry for the Environment

Dan Bolger, Fisheries New Zealand

Dan Hikuroa, University of Auckland

Dana Briscoe, Cawthron Institute

Danette Olsen, Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment

Darren Guard, Guard Safety

Daryl Sykes, NZ Rock Lobster Industry Council

Dave Jose, Foodstuffs

Dave Kelbe, Xerra Earth Observation Institute

Dave Kellian, Fisher, Leigh

Dave Woods, Precision Seafood Harvesting

David Ashton, Plant & Food Research

David Howes, Fisheries New Zealand

David Jones, Sanford

David Middleton, Pisces Research

David Schiel, University of Canterbury

Deanna Clement, Cawthron Institute

Debbie Freeman, Department of Conservation

Duncan Currie, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

Edward Abraham, Dragonfly Data Science

Elisabeth Easther

Elizabeth Macpherson, University of Canterbury

Emma Jones, NIWA

Erena Le Heron, Le Heron Leigh Consulting

Euan Harvey, Curtin University, Australia

Francisco Blaha, fisheries consultant

Freya Hjorvarsdottir, Fisheries New Zealand

Gaia Dell’Ariccia, Auckland Council

Gary Cameron, PāuaMAC4 Industry Association, Rēkohu Wharekauri the Chatham Islands

Geoff Keey, Forest and Bird

Geoffroy Lamarche, Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

George Clement, Deepwater Group

George Makene, Ministry for Primary Industries

Georgina Nicholson, University of Auckland

Gerry Closs, University of Otago

Glenice Paine, for Waikawa Fishing Company

Graham Rickard, NIWA

Greg Bishop, formerly Lee Fish

Helen Mussely, Plant & Food Research

Ian Angus, Department of Conservation

Ian Ruru, ESR

Ian Tuck, NIWA

Igor Debsky, Department of Conservation

Jacinta Ruru, University of Otago

James Williams, NIWA

Jason Mika, Massey University

Jason Tylianakis, University of Canterbury

Jeremy Helson, Seafood New Zealand

Joe Prebble, GNS Science

Johan Svenson, Cawthron Institute

John Roche, Ministry for Primary Industries

John Tanzer, World Wildlife Fund-Global

Jonathan Peacey, The Nature Conservancy

Josie Crawshaw, Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Julie Hall, Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge

Karl Warr, Better Fishing

Karli Thomas, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

Katherine Short, Terra Moana

Katina Conomos, The Noises Marine Protection and Restoration Project

Ken Hughey, Department of Conservation

Kevin Hague, Forest and Bird

Kim Drummond, Te Ohu Kaimoana

Kim George, Fisheries New Zealand

Kina Scollay, former pāua fisher, Rēkohu Wharekauri the Chatham Islands

Kypros Kotzikas, United Fisheries


Lara Taylor, Manaaki Whenua

Laura Domigan, University of Auckland

Laurie Beamish, Ngāi tai ki Tāmaki

Laws Lawson, Fisheries Inshore New Zealand

Libby Liggins, Massey University

Liz Slooten, University of Otago

Louise Furey, Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum

Lucy Jacob, World Wildlife Fund

Lucy Tukua

Mark Edwards, NZ Rock Lobster Industry Council

Mark Geytenbeek, Fisheries New Zealand

Mark Lokman, University of Otago

Mark Morrison, NIWA

Mark Sowden, Stats NZ

Maru Samuels, Iwi Collective Partnership

Matt Dunn, NIWA

Matt Pinkerton, NIWA

Matt Bjerregaard Walsh, Food and Agricultural Organisation for the United Nations

Matt Watson, Marine Stewardship Council

Maui Solomon and the Trustees, Hokotehi Moriori Trust

Max Kennedy, Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment

Megan Carbines, Auckland Council

Melissa Bowen, University of Auckland

Michelle Cherrington, Moana New Zealand

Michael Bunce, Environmental Protection Authority

Mike Smith, National Iwi Chairs Forum Oceans Group

Mike Taitoko, Takiwā

Moana Tamaariki-Pohe

Monique Holmes, Te Ohu Kaimoana

Murray Skeaff, University of Otago

Naomi Parker, Ministry for Primary Industries

Naomi Simmonds, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Nate Smith, Gravity Fishing

Nici Gibbs, Fathom Consulting

Nick Cameron, pāua fisher, Rēkohu Wharekauri the Chatham Islands

Nick King, Cawthron Institute

Nick Shears, University of Auckland

Nicola Wheen, University of Otago

Olive Andrews, South Pacific Whale Research Consortium

Oliver Floerl, Cawthron Institute

Oliver Wade, Marlborough District Council

Pablo Higuera, University of Auckland

Pamela Mace, Fisheries New Zealand

Perya Short, Marine Stewardship Council

Peter Ritchie, Victoria University of Wellington

Peter Win, New Zealand Coastal Seafoods

Philipp Neubauer, Dragonfly Data Science

Pierre Tellier, Ministry for the Environment

Pita Turei, Taumata-a-iwi, Auckland Museum

Rebecca Mills, The Lever Room; Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge

Richard Ford, Fisheries New Zealand

Richard Le Heron, University of Auckland

Richard Newcomb, Plant & Food Research

Richard O’Driscoll, NIWA

Richard Wells, Resourcewise

Rob Major, Cawthron Institute

Rob Murdoch, NIWA

Rochelle Constantine, Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau – University of Auckland

Rod Neureuter, The Noises Trust

Ross Vennell, Cawthron Institute

Sam Birch, Lee Fish

Sam Thomas, Department of Conservation

Sarah Flanagan, University of Canterbury

Sean Cooper, Department of Conservation

Serean Adams, Cawthron Institute

Shane Geange, Department of Conservation

Shaun Ogilvie, Cawthron Institute

Shelton Harley, Fisheries New Zealand

Simon Childerhouse, Cawthron Institute

Simon Thrush, University of Auckland

Simon Upton, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

Stacey Faire, Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Stacey Whitiora, Plant & Food Research

Steve Urlich, Lincoln University

Steve Wing, University of Otago

Storm Stanley, Pāua Industry Council

Stuart Brodie, Ministry for the Environment

Stuart Yorston, Sealord

Sue Marshall, Plant & Food Research

Sue Neureuter, The Noises Trust

Susan Thorpe, Hokotehi Moriori Trust

Tai Ahu, Te Ohu Kaimoana

Tamar Wells, Te Ohu Kaimoana

Tane van der Boon, MAUI63

Te Aomihia Walker, Te Ohu Kaimoana

Te Atarangi Sayers, Motiti Rohe Moana Trust

Te Taiawatea Moko-Mead, Te Ohu Kaimoana

Te Tuani Paki, Ngāi Tahu

Thomas Brzostowski, The Nature Conservancy

Tim Armitage, Sanford

Tim Haggitt, University of Auckland

Tim Harwood, Cawthron Institute

Tim Higham, formerly Hauraki Gulf Forum

Tā Tipene O’Regan

Tom McClurg, Toroa Strategy

Tom Searle, Lee Fish

Tom Trnski, Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum

Tony Craig, Terra Moana

Veena Patel, Fisheries New Zealand

Vince Galvin, Stats NZ

Vicki Watson, Aotearoa Circle

Volker Kuntzsch, formerly Sanford

Vonda Cummings, NIWA

Xavier Pochon, Cawthron Institute

Zoe Neureuter, The Noises Trust

Panel meeting minutes

29 April 2020

Agenda (PDF, 157KB)

Minutes (PDF, 189KB)

30 July 2020

Agenda (PDF, 134KB)

Minutes (PDF, 162KB)

27 May 2020

Agenda (PDF, 139KB)

Minutes (PDF, 154KB)

6 October 2020

Agenda (PDF, 164KB)

Minutes (PDF, 167KB)

29 June 2020

Agenda (PDF, 183KB)

Minutes (PDF, 257KB)

9 December 2020

Agenda (PDF, 160KB)

Minutes (PDF, 159KB)