Hon. Stuart Nash was elected Labour MP for Napier in 2014. He was sworn in as Minister of Police, Revenue, Fisheries and for Small Business in October 2017 following the general election.
Mr. Nash first entered politics in 2008 as a list MP and has been the Labour spokesperson for Police, Energy, Revenue, Forestry, Economic Development and Land Information.
In his maiden speech Mr Nash described himself as first and foremost a public servant, employed by the people of New Zealand; and as a social democrat committed to sustainable economic development and growth.
Prior to entering politics Minister Nash worked in senior management in small and large organisations in both the private and public sectors. His wide-ranging career has included roles in IT, sales and marketing, business strategy, resource planning, strategic planning and general management.
Mr. Nash completed a Bachelor of Arts (History) at Victoria University before moving to Canterbury University where he gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry and a Masters in Forestry Science. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma and Master’s Degree in Business Management and a Master of Law.
He is the great grandson of the third Labour Prime Minister Sir Walter Nash, and grew up in Napier where his father was a local lawyer and his mother was a school dental nurse.
He attended Napier Boys High School where he was a prefect and captain of the debating team and where his sporting interests included rugby, cricket and representative tennis. He is married to Sarah and has four children. He is currently a member of the Parliamentary cross-party rugby team, and enjoys all sports but these days more from an armchair than a court, pitch or field.
Art and Maegen are a father and daughter duo who have recently entered the Mussel Industry.
They have recently rebranded their business to Mills Bay Mussels – a vertically integrated mussel farming, processing and distribution business with a strong focus on the local market. The whole team at Mills Bay Mussels strives to supply NZ with the highest quality mussels delivered with the friendliest service.
Mills Bay Mussels is an overall celebration of mussels. Mussels are NZ’s most underrated seafood and Art & Maegen are on a mission to celebrate all that is good about mussels.
Art has a background in Dairy farming, he brings skills from this industry and applies them to the Mussel Industry. Maegen is involved in the sales and marketing side of the business.
Dr. Shalome Bassett, Riddet Institute, Massey University, Affiliated Researcher
Shalome joined Fonterra in August this year as a Principal Scientist and Programme Leader Scientific Affairs. With a background in agricultural research across the value chain, Shalome has worked in various research, science management and technology development roles at the University of Bristol, Massey University, the Riddet Institute and AgResearch. Most recently, Shalome was a Senior Research Scientist in the Food Nutrition & Health team at AgResearch looking at the effects of food on intestinal and brain health, particularly via the gut-brain axis. For the past 12 months, Shalome and Warren have been working alongside New Zealand thought leaders with recognised expertise spanning nutrition, life-cycle assessment, farm systems, sustainability, biodiversity, water quality, climate change, new food biotechnologies and market and value chain perspectives to undertake research into sustainable nutrition. This research seeks to clarify what futures might exist for primary agriculture and what New Zealand’s role will be in providing sustainable global nutrition whilst balancing people, plant and prosperity.
Chris Chamberlain, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, student
Chris is a second year Bachelor Degree student at NMIT with a passion for all things Aquaculture, sustainability and the environment. Chris is a Nelson College graduate and keen sportsman.
His interest in Aquaculture stems from a childhood spent boating, diving in Kaikoura and the Sounds and salmon fishing in Twizel with extended family. He has found the transition to tertiary study at NMIT relatively easy with many of his peers choosing to stay locally due to the range of courses offered, maintain family ties, sporting connections and retaining his ongoing part time employment throughout his study. Placement is always a highlight for Chris as full immersion in the industry feeds his interest and enthusiasm for his chosen career.
Dave Frame, Director, New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute
Dave Frame has a background in physics, policy, and philosophy. He has many years’ research experience in climate research, publishing in the world’s leading scientific journals as well as the specialist climate literature. Dave also has real world policy experience in a core government policy agency, having worked in the New Zealand Treasury’s Policy Coordination and Development group.
Prior to joining the NZ CCRI as Director and Professor of Climate Change, Dave was Senior Research fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford, where he was also Hugh price Fellow in Geography at Jesus College. Before these roles Dave worked as James Martin Fellow in the Environmental Change Institute, and in the Climate Dynamics Group in the Department of Physics as coordinator of the highly successful climateprediction.net project.
Since returning home from Melbourne I have settled on our property at Ocean Bay, in Port Underwood. I spend a bit of my time chasing sheep, chasing wayward dogs that should’ve been chasing aforementioned sheep, chasing kaimoana for the table or, more often than not I’m told, simply chasing my own tail!
I’ve spent over half my life in Marlborough Sounds and, the other portion, at least visiting and then leaving feeling homesick. I feel it is my turangawaewae and, with that comes for me an obligation to look after the place. To look after the place where I stand.
To that end I set about learning more about the physical nature of the Sounds and the changes that were occurring. Through that I have learned a lot not only about the physical nature of the Sounds but also about the people that now utilise the Sounds and their values. It also included a need to learn about the agencies and legislation that govern ‘our place’.
At the time of writing I am involved with the Aquaculture Review Group, providing advice to the Marlborough District Council regards development of its’ aquaculture provisions for the Marlborough Environment Plan, the Expert Advisory Group providing advice to Fisheries New Zealand to the National Blue Cod Strategy, the Stakeholder Panel acting as a reference group for the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge, assisting the Marlborough District Council develop a Coastal Research Strategy as well being involved with a number of local Trusts working on more point based, single issue initiatives.
Nick specialises in shellfish hatchery and aquaculture production. His experience in both research and commercial environments, across a wide range of disciplines, draws him into a diverse array of projects. His role ranges from technical support and quantitative genetics through to research programme design and strategic planning.
Nick has played a key role in the evolution of the Cawthron and SpatNZ facilities at the Cawthron Aquaculture Park. He led Cawthron’s long-running MBIE funded Cultured Shellfish Programme (CuSP), co-led the transition of CuSP and Seafood Safety to the Strategic Science Investment Framework, and played a central role in establishing the Greenshell™ mussel and Pacific oyster breeding programmes.
Ian Lyall, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Program Leader Aquaculture
Ian Lyall began working in aquaculture after completing a degree in Marine Biology/Zoology at James Cook University.
He started working on prawn and then freshwater fish farms in New South Wales Australia before joining NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries. I
an is employed as Program Leader Aquaculture with NSW DPI focussing on sustainable aquaculture policy and industry development.
Professor Warren McNabb was appointed Deputy Director of the Riddet Institute in October 2016. Warren is also a Principal Investigator at the Riddet Institute, Massey University and is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences.
Warren held the position of Research Director at AgResearch from June 2011 until September 2016. He joined AgResearch in 1993 as a Senior Research Scientist in the Nutrition and Behaviour Group, promoted to Eminent Research Scientist in 2004, then to Section Manager, Food, Metabolism & Microbiology in 2005 and General Manager of the Food & Textiles Group in 2009.
His research focuses on nutrition research, in particular protein nutrition, and on food-host-microbial interactions and food for human health and wellbeing. He is currently mentoring and supervising six postdoctoral fellows and 16 PhD students, respectively, in these areas of research and development.
Warren has authored more than 200 publications including several book chapters and invited reviews.
Aaron McNevin, WWF Global Network Lead on Aquaculture.
Aaron started his career farming perchids, esocids and salmonids. In 2005, he began at WWF developing environmental and social standards for responsible aquaculture through a series of multi-stakeholder roundtables. These standards allowed for the formation of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). Aaron took a hiatus from WWF to manage an undergraduate program in fisheries science and aquaculture, teaching courses from limnology to static and flowing water fish culture to quantitative techniques in fish population assesments.
Aaron is a fundamentalist in the notion that everyone should know where and how their food is produced. Thus, transparency is key in a globalized society. It is only with transparency that the true challenges can be addressed. With 70% of biodiversity on the planet lost as a result of food production, the burdens of history weigh heavy on the relatively new industry that is aquaculture.
Aquaculture improvements have always had to occur faster than other animal protein sectors and in many ways, that has led to large efficiency gains. However, there are impacts and they can be great. Nature does not operate in siloes and cannot discriminate between food products. Every user of natural resources has to become more efficient and those efficiency gains need to accelerate as today’s “best” practice is tomorrows norm. There are inherent business drivers for sustainability as the greater the efficiency of production, the lower the natural resource footprint.
Of course, many of these efficiency gains come from consolidation and intensification, but if done responsibly, aquaculture can be a pioneer for other food sectors. Aaron spends much of his time in the tropics where he focuses on accountability in the global aquaculture sector. He also has played a dual role in a unique partnership between WWF and American Red Cross (ARC) following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami where he provided oversight and support to all ARC livelihood projects in Indonesia associated with the disaster response and recovery effort. Aaron has helped launch an alternative ingredients consortium to allow pooling of resources to make leaps instead of steps in impact reduction. He is the environmental lead for the Seafood Task Force which has been the major change agent in the seafood sector following allegations of human rights abuse in Thailand. Through his work with WWF, Aaron’s team is developing traceability freeware such that actors in upstream reaches of supply chains can be included and is developing forensic chemistry techniques such as elemental profiling to determine country of origin. Aaron has lived and worked in Thailand, Madagascar and Indonesia. He received his MS and PhD from Auburn University, Alabama, USA in Water and Aquatic Soil Chemistry.
Dr. Solveig van Nes, Marine Prospects (Norway), CEO and Founder.
Solveig van Nes has a firm dedication for the marine environment and marine food production. She has an academic background in marine biology (Cand. Scient) and aquaculture disciplines (Dr.Scient) and nearly 15 years´experience with research, R&D management and aquaculture industry collaboration from the research institute Nofima.
This was followed by two exciting years managing the aquaculture activities at the environmental NGO the Bellona Foundation, working in the intersection between authorities, industry and research – aiming at development of solutions and technology for sustainability in the whole value chain of marine seafood production.
Recently she founded Marine Prospect Ltd – aiming at making knowledge concerning our marine ecosystems and marine seafood production available and inspirational for todays decisionmakers and seafood producers as well as for our future generation.
Following his passion for the marine environment, Keith took the leap and quit a career in logistics to enter the NMIT degree programme in Aquaculture and Marine conservation as a mature student. His love of boating diving and recreational fishing drives his passion.
The programme has opened many doors and exciting opportunities for Keith and has allowed him to peer into many different aspects of the industry through his work placements.
Concerned for the future of our oceans health he sees aquaculture as tool to relieve pressure on wild fish and shellfish stocks and is interested in the research of new and novel species for aquaculture. Now graduated and working at the Cawthron institute as an Aquaculture Technician he is excited for what the future holds in his new career.
Petra Pearce, NIWA, Climate Scientist
Petra’s main research area is historical climatology, which involves recovering, digitizing (photographing/scanning) and keying historic weather records from New Zealand, the Pacific, and the Southern Ocean for input into global reanalyses (e.g. 20th Century Reanalysis).
She produces climate change projection and impact guidance reports, maps, and GIS data for Regional Councils and other clients (https://www.niwa.co.nz/node/111861). So far, she has worked on climate change guidance for Northland, Auckland, Horizons, Wellington, Tasman and Southland Regional Councils.
She is the Project Manager for New Zealand climate summaries, which are issued monthly, seasonally, and annually to assess New Zealand’s recent climate over those timescales, and how this compares to the long-term climate record (https://www.niwa.co.nz/climate/summaries).
Other work involves analyzing climate data in the National Climate Database for various clients, predominantly in the construction and primary industries. She is also involved in NIWA’s seasonal climate outlook products that are produced for the public as well as commercial clients, and the Island Climate Update (https://www.niwa.co.nz/climate/icu).
Petra regularly gives presentations to schools and community groups about climate change.
Cassie is a California native, & after 15 years in New Zealand, a proud YanKiwi – to her own admission, she’s mostly Kiwi but “Just can’t shake this pesky accent!”
Passionate about creative content, social media strategy, the influencer economy and storytelling across mediums both emerging and traditional, Cassie has literally lived & breathed the digital revolution while steering the ‘social media & digital storytelling ship’ for brands like Air New Zealand, ANZ Bank, Mighty River Power, & NZME.
Cassie has been awarded & recognised globally as a thought leader in the field of storytelling for brands, digital marketing, & the anthropological power of brand in the lives of consumers. She’s also a published writer and a keynote speaker at conferences the world over.
Her main professional goal? Delivering results while having fun doing it. By embracing change, actively driving innovation, growing positive community engagement, deepening customer service standards, and streamlining reporting across business units, Cassie has truly cut her teeth on the cutting edge.
At home, Cassie is a proud momma to an amazing pre-teen and wife to the kindest human on the planet (no, really, THE KINDEST!) There’s nothing Cassie likes more than getting outdoors while soaking up some sunshine and revelling in stolen moments with loved ones… wine is always a good idea, too.
Grant Rosewarne, New Zealand King Salmon, Chief Executive
Grant originally began his career with a science degree and worked in technical and production roles before obtaining an MBA and switching to marketing, sales and ultimately general management. He has significant experience having worked in most FMCG categories from dairy, wine, breakfast cereals, ediable oils, condiments/sauces, coffee/tea, fresh produce and all foodservice segments from cafes to fine dining. Grant’s international business expertise spans Britain, Europe and Australasia, including such blue chip companies as Unilever, Cerebos and Douwe Egberts/Sara Lee.
Grant was appointed CEO of New Zealand King Salmon in 2009 after a successful career culminating as Managing Director of Douwe Egberts UK and Chairman of Sara Lee Corporation UK/Ireland, as well as serving as Chairman of the British Coffee Association. Grant’s mission at New Zealand King Salmon was originally to lift its unique product from a premium commodity to a worldwide branded food delicacy. With the company’s Ōra King brand now on 400 of the world’s top menus the challenge is now to take NZ King Salmon to significant scale and achieve cost competiveness.
Stephen Toplis, BNZ, Head of Research
Stephen has been with the bank since 2001. Prior to this his employment included Chief Economist Deutsche Securities, Chief Economist BT Securities, Chief Economist Doyle Paterson Brown and Chief Economist Fay Richwhite.
He is located in BNZ’s Wellington Markets Division where he is charged with providing an economic and political overview for the Bank’s wholesale operation and its clients. The end focus of much of his work is: the analysis of business risk for the BNZ’s corporate clients; and advising Financial Institutions on likely interest rate and foreign exchange movements.
At university Stephen completed a BSocSci in Computer Science before moving on to do a Masters in Economics.
Stephen is also contracted to the Hugo Group, a consultancy, which provides economic and political advice to a small group of New Zealand Chief Executives.
Jamie Tuuta, Te Ohu Kaimoana, Chair
Jamie is the Māori Trustee and CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa. Te Tumu Paeroa protects and enhances Maori land and assets, administering 100,000 hectares of land throughout the country and managing a variety of investment interests.
Jamie has held a range of governance positions in the following sectors: iwi development, agribusiness, fishing, investment, health, Māori development, tourism and education. He is a director of Moana New Zealand and New Plymouth PIF Guardians Ltd. He is the Chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana Trustee Ltd, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Mutunga, Māori Television and the Taranaki Mounga Project Taranaki Mounga is an ambitious conservation project transforming the mountain, ranges and islands of Taranaki. Jamie is also a board member of Tourism New Zealand.
He is the former chair of Parininihi ki Waitōtara Incorporation a large land based farming business, and the Ngāti Mutunga ki Wharekauri Asset Holding Company. He is also a former director of Tuiora Ltd, Wools of New Zealand and Port Nicholson Fisheries Ltd a lobster export business. He was also a member of the Government appointed Investment Advisory Panel for the Primary Growth Partnership.
Jamie is passionate about investing in innovation and increasing the economic and environmental performance of our primary industries, particularly the Māori pastoral and fishing sectors. He has a particular interest in building and developing the capacity and capability of Māori.
Jamie is a recipient of the 2010 Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leadership Award. He was also awarded the Maori Young business Leader of the year award in 2016.