Our governance structure has been critical to Greenpeace's success as a global campaigning organisation, and to our success in New Zealand. The Executive Director and other senior managers at Greenpeace NZ work collaboratively with Greenpeace International, and with their Greenpeace counterparts in countries and regions, to develop and implement global strategies and plans. While Greenpeace NZ is an autonomous organisation, its campaigns, fundraising and administration must also align with the framework and policies agreed by the organisation globally. The Greenpeace NZ Board is elected by the Voting Assembly, a group comprised of 35 people from Greenpeace NZ's supporter base, five staff from other Greenpeace offices and 10 former Greenpeace NZ staff who left more than a year ago. 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 Greenpeace NZ Executive Director, currently Russel Norman, is responsible for overall management of the organisation. They report to, and are hired by, the Board. Greenpeace New Zealand Incorporated is an independent, not for profit organisation which is affiliated with Greenpeace International, based in the Netherlands and 28 other Greenpeace offices around the world.
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.
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
David is a climate and oceans campaigner at WWF-New Zealand. He is a former litigation and community lawyer. He has worked on campaigning and communications at the UN climate talks since 2011. David also sits on several 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.
Bill has an impressive 50 years of experience in Management, as a Systems Analyst, Chief Financial Officer, Lecturer, and more. His qualifications include a Graduate Diploma in Business and Industrial Administration, Master of Science (Hons), Mathematics, Bachelor of Science, Chemistry. Bill was co-opted onto the Greenpeace NZ Board during thi past year particularly for his financial expertise, and his work on the Finance Subcommittee and the Risk Committee. He has become even more supportive of the Greenpeace mission in this time.
Catherine Delahunty has been an activist all her adult life in environmental and social justice based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi. She was Coordinator of the anti gold mining campaign group Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki for three years and a member of the group for 30 years. She worked for Greempeace from 1993 – 1996 as a Mana Tangata unit outreach campaigner and as a Toxics Community Campaigner. Catherine has been a conservation, RMA, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, facilitation and social justice tutor for Kotare Trust and a number of Polytechnics. She was elected to Parliament as a Green MP in Dec 2008 and served three terms until September 2017. Her portfolios included education, Te Tiriti, toxics, disability rights and fresh water. She was the champion for the Free West Papua campaign in Parlaiment and remains active in the issue today. Catherine is a fiction writer and occasional blogger, and created her own sell out show with her director sister about Parliament, “Question Times Blues”. She is active in local issues in her home area the Hauraki/Coromandel and nationally. She brings campaigning experience, a background in politics and facilitation and a commitment to Te Tiriti relationships to the Board. She lives in the Kauaeranga Valley near Thames with her partner, veteran campaigner Gordon Jackman, and is a grandmother.
Tui is a trained lawyer and has worked for 20 years as an iwi researcher. Tui is nearing completion of a second term as an elected director for Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, Ngati Porou’s post settlement governance Board. Her portfolios include conservation and environment which involves strategy and decision making on conservation, natural resource and environmental management, pest control, customary fisheries, change land use and the 100 year restoration of the Waiapu catchment. She represents Ngati porou on a joint decision making panel alongside the Gisborne District Council to determine land and water resource consents within the Waiapu catchment. Tui is an environmental commissioner and Kaitiaki advocate for hapu, iwi and the communities of Tairawhiti –Gisborne, East Coast. Tui’s research work has focussed primarily on addressing serious erosion and degradation of the Waiapu catchment and ecosystems, the resulting ecological and socio-cultural challenges and planning for land use change. Recent research has concentrated on integrating matauranga Maori with science to address climate change scenarios for future land use, natural hazard preparedness and Adaptive Governance and environmental decision making in Tairawhiti. She contracts to CRI’s such as SCION Forest Research, GNS and Manaaki Whenua Landcare. Tui is a mother of four who has supported Greenpeace financially and civically for several decades. She lives in an eco-home below Hikurangi maunga in rural Ruatoria.
Rahul is a senior executive who has lived and worked in eight different countries and has had a 22 year career in business, technology, public and community sectors. He has founded a number of companies, consulted to UNICEF and Oxfam globally and is currently CEO of Loomio, a SaaS co-op in Wellington. Currently he is an investor, board member and advisor on strategy, operations and performance to organisations in NZ and abroad. He is passionate about purpose driven transformation and challenging mindsets to bring about systems change. Rahul is the Board Chair of Belong Aotearoa, a former Trustee of United Nations Youth NZ, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Rahul has studied at Victoria University, University of Amsterdam, Oslo University and has been awarded an University Blue from Victoria University for services to sports management (Hockey) and is a member of the NZ Masters hockey team.
Pania Newton has whakapapa links to Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, and Waikato whaanui. Pania is passionate about te reo maaori me ona tikanga, maahinga kai, and pursuing justice for her whanau, hapu, and iwi. Living in Ihumaatao, Mangere, Pania went to school at Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae. She then went to the University of Auckland where she completed her Conjoint Degree in Law and Health Sciences, and is currently working towards completing her Bachelors Degree in Tikanga Maaori and Social Sciences for Public Health. Pania also holds a number of qualifications from Te Awanuiarangi and Te Wananga o Aotearoa in the areas of Maaori Food Sovereignty Practices and Performing Arts. After graduating University Pania and her cousins established the Save Our Unique Landscape Campaign. This saw Pania leaving behind her career in Law to dedicate her life to the preservation and protection of Ihumaatao – their ancestral whenua. Pania has been part of Matike Mai Aotearoa Rangatahi which is the youth arm working towards Constitutional Transformation since 2012. Pania is also a board member and trustee on several Trusts and Boards that seek to empower communities to lead healthy lifestyles that enable their well-being.