Page - January 20, 2016
We sometimes get questions about how Greenpeace New Zealand is governed, so here is an explanation of how it works:

Greenpeace encounter Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean and attempt to disrupt the whaling operation.

One of Greenpeace's key strengths is its ability to work across borders, while running its national offices and campaigns in a way that is relevant and appropriate to the local context. Our governance structure has been critical to Greenpeace's success as a global campaigning organisation, and to Greenpeace's success in New Zealand.

The Executive Director and other senior managers at GPNZ will work collaboratively with GPI, and with their counterparts in other Greenpeace offices, to develop and implement global strategies and plans.

While GPNZ is an autonomous organisation, its campaigns, fundraising and administration must align with the framework and policies agreed by the organisation globally.

The Board is elected by the Voting Assembly, a group comprised of 35 supporters from Greenpeace NZ's supporter base, five staff from other Greenpeace offices (or GPI) and 10 former Greenpeace NZ staff who have left for more than a year.
The Board is comprised of six directors, who are elected at the Annual General Meeting, each for a term of three years. They ensure that the organisation is being managed in an effective and ethical manner, in accordance with Greenpeace's objectives.

The GPNZ Executive Director is responsible for overall management of the organisation. He reports to, and is hired by, the GPNZ Board.

Greenpeace New Zealand Incorporated (GPNZ) is an independent, not for profit organisation which is affiliated with Greenpeace International (GPI), based in the Netherlands) and 28 other Greenpeace offices around the world.

Russel Norman - Executive Director

Russel is one of New Zealand’s leading voices on sustainability. He has been Executive Director of Greenpeace Aotearoa New Zealand since November 2015. Before that he was an MP and co-leader of the Green Party. Russel was born in Brisbane and was involved in a wide range of social and environmental campaigns in Australia before moving to New Zealand in 1997. Since then he has continued to agitate for a greener world. He lives in Auckland with his partner and three young children.


Stephanie Mills - Chair

Stephanie currently works as the director of campaigns for NZEI Te Riu Roa, the primary and early childhood teachers' union. Stephanie worked for Greenpeace both internationally and here in Aotearoa for 13 years, in her time with Greenpeace she worked to end nuclear testing and the plutonium trade, to protect the Tarawera river from toxic pollution by the pulp and paper industry, to protect whales and southern bluefin tuna and to protect the climate by closing down polluting power stations.


Aroha Te Pareake Mead  (Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou)

Aroha is the Global Chair of the IUCN Commission on Environment, Economics and Social Policy (since 2008) and is also on the Governing Council of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (since 2000). Aroha has published extensively on and been involved in indigenous cultural and intellectual property, biocultural heritage and conservation issues and community rights-based approaches to sustainable development for well over 30 years at tribal, national, Pacific regional and international levels.


David Tong 

David is a lawyer, freelance consultant, charity director and trustee, and climate activist. He has worked at three of the last four UN climate negotiations. David sits on seven charities’ boards – and has co-founded three charities: P3 Foundation, the Aotearoa New Zealand Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA), and the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute.


Melanie Rands

Melanie is the co-founder of a New Zealand based business called Ecostore Company Ltd which she started with her partner Malcolm in 1994. Melanie has worked at Ecostore in marketing, communications and brand development for more than twenty years. Melanie is one of eight members of the Pacific Advisory Group for the Auckland War Memorial Museum, which was established in October 2013 to provide ongoing advice to the Museum on matters relating to Auckland’s Pacific communities.


Simon Hart

Simon Hart’s early career spans work in biochemistry, industrial engineering and general management. For over 15 years he was a Partner and Director of Sheffield, a leading provider of executive search, recruitment and organisation development services. More recently he has been a Principal in Hart Consulting with a focus on governance, board appointments and strategic facilitation in the not-for-profit sector.


Wendy Reid

Wendy has 15 years senior management experience across the New Zealand public sectors of Health, Welfare and Housing.  Wendy is currently the Executive Director, of the Charitable Trust - Sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand Inc. (   Wendy was previously on the Board of the Council for Socially Responsible Investment and a member of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO Education Sub Commission.