Our people

The people who work for Sustainable Seas share the vision of healthy marine ecosystems providing value for every New Zealander.

To achieve this vision, we bring together 220+ researchers from 36 organisations across Aotearoa New Zealand and we have a number of advisory groups.

222 Researchers

49 early career researchers
50 researchers identify as Māori 

36 Organisations

Across New Zealand

40 Projects

13 have Māori researchers(s) on the team

22 Partners/Advisors

From 16 Organisations who are directly involved in research projects

3,700 citizens surveyed

about EBM, the marine economy and/or their marine values

450+ Meetings, Workshops & Presentations

with stakeholders, Iwi, hapū , whānau or other Māori organisations, 

Governance Group
Governance Group

Provides strategic oversight of the Challenge, approves research projects and allocates funding.

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Challenge Leadership Team
Challenge Leadership Team

Responsible for the Challenge’s strategic direction, science quality, activities and management.

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Kāhui Māori
Kāhui Māori

Ensures Vision Mātauranga and te Ao Māori principles are embedded across our research.

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Stakeholder Panel
Stakeholder Panel

Provides perspectives so that our research is relevant for the wider stakeholder community.

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Independent Science Panel
Independent Science Panel

Provides expert advice to the Governance Group.

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VM Leadership Group
VM Leadership Group

Supports our research to unlock the innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people.

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