The Nature Conservancy NZ
Peter van Kampen (Ngai Tai)
Shellfish Restoration Coordinator / Kairuruku Whakahaumanu Kaimoana
Peter is of Māori, Cook Island and Dalmatian descent and was raised on the shores of the Hauraki Gulf. He has been involved with restoration efforts in the gulf since 2013. His MSc at the University of Auckland was on mussel reef restoration and his professional background in customary fisheries, fisheries and resource management.
Core team / Kaimahi – MRRT*
Programme Director / Kaihautū / Volunteer
With absolutely no background in marine science whatsoever, Peter finds himself leading the professional and volunteer team behind the Revive Our Gulf project. Peter has an engineering & business development background.
Dr. Carina Sim-Smith
Acting Head of Science
Carina is a marine scientist with a PhD from Auckland University. She has expertise in aquaculture and marine biosecurity and has been involved with kūtai/mussel restoration for the last five years.
Science Advisory Panel
Prof. Andrew Jeffs
Andrew is a marine scientist at the University of Auckland with a strong interest in the biology and culture of shellfish, including the restoration of mussel beds. He has worked with Revive Our Gulf for over six years on working to improve mussel restoration for the Hauraki Gulf. He is the deputy chair of the Auckland Conservation Board.
Dr. Jenny Hillman
Jen is a Research Fellow at Auckland University, specialising in soft-sediment ecology and shellfish restoration. She grew up in Africa and has travelled extensively, researching marine ecology throughout the Indo-Pacific. She’s a passionate marine conservationist.
Board of Trustees – MRRT*
Rebecca (Bex) Barclay
Co-founder & Trustee
As a trained dive instructor with a marine science degree, concern for the state of the oceans drove her to study a Masters in Environmental Law. After a number of years with Auckland Council Healthy Waters, working to reduce sedimentation in waterways, she’s recently joined the private sector, working at Envirostrat on innovation in restorative blue economies.
Tom Irvine (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei / Kaipara)
As Chief Operating Officer of Whai Māia, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s tribal development arm, Tom has supporting wide ranging social, cultural and environmental development projects. More recently, Tom has been appointed as Deputy Director of Auckland Art Gallery / Toi o Tāmaki, responsible for all aspects of operations and development of their bi-cultural framework. As a respected Māori leader with strong Iwi and civic engagement experience, he has a deep love for Tāmaki Makaurau and its people. Ko te oranga o te taiao, he oranga ngā tāngata!
Co-founder & Trustee
Shaun is a designer and photographer who works on environmental initiatives, conservation, business pollution prevention and pest control. He has been a driving force in mussel reef restoration to date and is a founding member of the team.
Co-founder, Trustee & Chair
Michael has had a lifelong commitment to conservation, helping establish the Mussel Reef Restoration Trust in 2013 as well as the Motuihe Trust in 2000 (of which he is also a trustee). He is a partner at Simpson Grierson.
We’d like to acknowledge / mihi to our wide network of advisors, enthusiasts and volunteers including: Dr Mels Barton, Dr Nigel Bradley (Envirostrat), Cat Davis, Bill Davies, Francis Hall, Tim Higham, Dr Shane Kelly (Coast and Catchment), Scott McIndoe (Legasea), John Laurence (co-founder and past Chair), Dr Kura Paul-Burke, Camillo Spath, Craig Thorburn and Lucy Tukua (Native by Nature).
*MRRT: The Mussel Reef Restoration Trust