Short biographies of conference speakers
Key note speaker: Raewyn Peart
As Policy Director, Raewyn Peart, Policy Director, Environmental Defence Society, currently heads EDS’s environmental policy think-tank group. She has over 20 years professional experience in environmental law and policy having worked as a resource management lawyer and policy adviser to business, government and the not-for-profit sector. For more than two decades, Raewyn’s work has focused on landscape protection, coastal development and marine management in New Zealand. She has written numerous papers, research reports and guidance material on these issues. Raewyn has been a leader in promoting the introduction of marine spatial planning to New Zealand and was a member of the collaborative Stakeholder Working Group which successfully prepared the first marine spatial plan in New Zealand for the Hauraki Gulf. She is currently undertaking a project distilling the lessons learnt from the Hauraki Gulf project and looking at how marine spatial planning can best be applied elsewhere in New Zealand. Raewyn is also leading EDS’s Resource Management Law Reform project. She is investigating future management options for aquaculture alongside these projects.
Key note speaker: Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley
Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University. He has been involved in some major research projects on immigration and diversity in New Zealand, including Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa New Zealand (2014-2020). He is the author or editor of 27 books ranging from political extremism to the nature of work, and he was Ranginui Walker’s biographer (Mata Toa, Penguin). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California Berkeley.