As the inaugural programme coordinator for TMBC, Andrew played a critical role in setting up and establish TMBC's long term direction.
Andrew is a kiwifruit grower and a specialist biosecurity consultant who sits on several local and national boards. He previously managed the Psa and biosecurity programme for Kiwifruit Vine Health, led national pest management efforts as a senior manager within the Ministry for Primary Industries and worked in biosecurity and biodiversity protection for the Department of Conservation.
Andrew is passionate about working with communities for the protection of Tauranga Moana. He aims to ensure biosecurity is personally relevant and we are all taking action - as individuals, as local community members and as part of the team of 4.7 million New Zealanders.
Barry O'Neil is a kiwifruit grower in Katikati. He is the Chair of Horticulture NZ, and of Tomatoes NZ, and sits on the board of the Food and Fibre Partnership Group and Leadership Forum.
He recently concluded his time as Chair of the kauri dieback independent review panel and was a founding director of Our Biological Heritage National Science challenge. He has had a long career involving biosecurity, including being the head of MAF’s Biosecurity New Zealand, and more recently as Chief Executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health, the kiwifruit biosecurity organisation that led the response to Psa.
Bill works as a knowledge broker for the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge where his main task is to share the knowledge developed in the challenge with key stakeholders.
The approach that the Biological Heritage is taking to reverse the decline of biosecurity and biodiversity is completely different from traditional approaches, as it brings end-users and scientists together in the design process and ensures a strong iwi perspective.
Bill has previously held roles with the New Zealand Forest Owners Association as their biosecurity manager and also manages a funding scheme called Envirolink to transfer knowledge from university science to regional councils.
Brad manages the day-to-day of the NZ Avocado Primary Growth Partnership programme: NZ Avocados Go Global. He works to ensure the industry has a well considered biosecurity plan to protect the New Zealand avocado industry.
Carlton has an extensive background of iwi and hapū representation across a diverse range of institutions. He brings a wealth of cultural knowledge to the table as a mediator and negotiator of national and regional issues on behalf of Māoridom.
Specialising in environmental management, with an intimate knowledge of the Kaimai forest range and its conservation concerns, Carlton has been an iwi representative to the Department of Conservation (DOC) for 15 years, gaining the confidence of iwi and hapū to speak on high level conservation issues.
Carlton is a founding member and current chair of Manaaki Te Awanui Environmental Research and Development Trust, which conducts major cross-cultural research and restoration projects in the Tauranga Harbour and surrounding catchments.
Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital - Programme & Communications Manager
Diane Berghan (Ngati Whakaue, Ngati Pūkenga, Ngati Hau) is a strategic communicator with a passion for improving Māori outcomes. With over 12 years experience both in New Zealand and the UK, Diane brings a strong background in public sector communications.
Highlights include working in various roles within MPI, Rugby World Cup Media Manager for Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED), Communications Manager for Māori Television and Transformational Change Manager for the Ministry of Education.
Having recently relocated to the Bay of Plenty to be closer to her whānau, Diane works as an independent consultant providing media and communications support across a diverse range of clients.She is also a Trustee for Otama Marere, an orchard in Paengaroa which was recently selected as a finalist in the Ahuwhenua Trophy Excellence in Māori Horticulture Award 2020.
Marine ecologist and environmental scientist, Professor Chris Battershill, is the director of the University of Waikato’s Coastal Marine Field Station in Tauranga.
The field station is now a nationally significant centre of excellence for coastal and marine research, with numerous masters and doctoral students working on projects spanning the use of the harbour by sharks and rays, to marine biodiscovers of agricultural pathogen remedies. Researchers currently work in collaboration with industry, government agencies and crown research institutes across areas that include biosecurity, coastal sustainability, ecology and agri-science.
Chris' early interest in biodiversity and aquaculture was matched by his interest in medicine and he has worked in both fields simultaneously, exploring medicinal leads (anti-tumour) from marine organisms. His career has also covered marine biotechnology, conservation and aquaculture.
Graeme is chair of TMBC and a director of Kiwifruit Vine Health. He has also been the chair of the Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee and member of the Biosecurity 2025 Steering Group. He is currently a director of Port Taranaki and is on the governance board of the economic development group, Bay of Connections.
During his tenure as Port of Tauranga commercial manager, his portfolio included management of cruise, bulk, break-bulk container operations, marine and security. He has worked in ports since 1978, including as general manager at the Port of Napier. Having chaired Tourism Bay of Plenty, Cruise NZ and been a director of New Zealand’s largest transitional facility, he has extensive knowledge and understanding of biosecurity risk pathways.
He is passionate about biosecurity and a strong advocate for the Ko Tātou This is Us campaign.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council - Biosecurity Manager
Greg is Biosecurity Manager for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council leading a team 15 biosecurity officers, including a dedicated biosecurity dive team.
Starting with the old Agricultural Pest Destruction Boards in the 1980’s, he has worked in biosecurity and pest management for most of his working life with a focus on pest animals. He has been with the regional council since 1995 and held several different roles including Tb vector manager when Council supported OSPRI’s predecessor, the Animal Health Board, with managing possums and other Tb vectors.
Greg's team focuses on working with landowners to deliver the Bay of Plenty Regional Pest Management Plan and supporting our regional communities with pest projects.
Prior to joining the Trevelyan family business in 1990, James trained and worked as a professional engineer. James and his wife Vicki also own a kiwifruit orchard in Te Puke.
Kiwifruit and avocado growers across the Bay of Plenty have relied on Trevelyan’s to provide world-class packing and fruit storage facilities for nearly 40 years. Trevelyan’s operates four export packhouses, one local market packhouse and 33 state-of-the-art coolstores in Te Puke. These facilities employ up to 1600 people at the height of the season.
Like many other New Zealand kiwifruit businesses, Trevelyan’s felt the pain of the devastating Psa incursion in late 2010 and continues to live with it today. The business has relied on a process of continuous improvement, transparency, and biosecurity developments to see it through those tough years.
Jeff Milham is the District Manager for Te Papa Atawhai (Department of Conservation), based in Tauranga, where he's been working for the past 12 years.
Prior to this, he worked for the Whanganui Regional Tourism Organisation, in the city he grew up in. Straight out of high school he spent a year working and travelling in Europe, before returning to Aotearoa and starting four years at the University of Otago where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and Management) and a Post-Grad Diploma in Tourism.
Biosecurity New Zealand - Team Manager Engagement Programmes, Partnerships & Engagement
Jo has recently joined Biosecurity New Zealand’s newly established Partnership & Engagement Team. TMBC will remain one of Jo’s priority engagement programmes as well looking at how we extend biosecurity collaborations into other regions. Jo’s team will also deliver engagement and communication programmes for some of Biosecurity New Zealand’s long term pest management programmes and supports the Biosecurity Business Pledge programme.
Prior to this role Jo was the senior engagement advisor for the Biosecurity Ko Tātou This Is Us programme, leading the biosecurity engagement programmes. In this role, Jo launched the independent biosecurity brand, championed the building of a biosecurity team of all New Zealanders, and developed strategic events including the NZ Biosecurity Awards programme.Prior to joining MPI, Jo was the Director of Conventions and Events at Wellington Venues, where she led a strategy and team to turn business events into a commercially successful sales model and to make Wellington region wildly famous as a place to host events and grow the region’s economy.
Prior to this Jo worked at the communications consultancy agency Acumen as the Group Account Director responsible for leading the national events team.
Zespri - Head of Communications & External Relations
Michael Fox is Head of Communications and External Relations at Zespri International. He leads Zespri’s external communications, stakeholder engagement, policy, global tours and events and community investment programmes.
He joined Zespri after six years in Parliament as a press secretary and Chief Press Secretary to former Prime Minister's Sir John Key and Sir Bill English, and Opposition Leader, Simon Bridges. Prior to that he was a journalist with Fairfax Media in Auckland and Wellington, in Parliament’s Press Gallery, and in Egypt and Cambodia.
Stu trained as a veterinarian and owned a mixed practice in the Central North Island for a significant part of his career. During this time, his passion for disease management at a population level developed. In 2010 he left the practice and became the National Programme Manager for the Bovine TB Eradication Programme based in Wellington for OSPRI. He held various other roles within the organisation including Operations Manager and Acting Chief Executive.
In 2018, Stu shifted to Mount Maunganui to become Chief Executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health, where he has oversight of the management of Psa and wider biosecurity on behalf of the Kiwifruit Industry.
He has also played a key role in the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) readiness and response programme chairing fruit fly council, Plant Biosecurity Council and the GIA stakeholder Deed Governance Group. He has a huge passion for raising awareness of biosecurity across all sectors of the community, and chairs the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence initiative as well as being a part of the leadership team for TMBC.