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.
Wendy Reid – Chair
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. (www.earthslimits.org). 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.
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.
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.
Melanie Rands – Deputy Chair
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.
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.
Teanau Tuiono (Ngāi Takoto, Ngāpuhi, Atiu)
Teanau Tuiono has been organising at the intersection of indigenous rights and environmental issues for 20 years. He has worked with remote communities who are on the frontlines of climate change and biodiversity loss. He has particular interest in how that impacts Māori and Pasifika communities here in Aotearoa and around the Pacific. He works in the education sector as a publisher supporting teaching and learning in Māori Medium and Pasifika settings.
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.