One of New Zealand’s most successful musical exports, Graeme can claim more Hollywood film credits than many well known actors. His compositions provide the atmospheric context to a whole generation of movies – ranging from cult comic strips to adventure fantasies and horror films.
Bianca is the founder and director of Potiki Adventures. In 2003, Bianca came up with the concept of creating a company offering tours and outdoor adventures within the natural environment, from a Māori perspective. As a Māori woman, Bianca did not want to compromise her beliefs and values when going to work - she started Potiki Adventures was a way to incorporate these into her workplace.
Working as an engineer from 1986, Kepa gained registration as professional engineer in 1990. He received an inaugural Housing Industry Association Award for Special Contribution to Housing in 1993, and then took on the role as Operations Manager in Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Pikiao. Pioneering research into Uku flax-fibre reinforced earth composite led Kepa to joining The University of Auckland in 2000 as Associate Dean Māori in the Faculty of Engineering, as well as a $1.4 million project researching Uku.
David obtained a PhD in molecular genetics from Sheffield University and 1984, came to New Zealand to specialise in life in extreme environments at the University of Auckland. He has visited the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica to look at how life survives in the coldest, windiest, driest and most Mars-like place on Earth, and has published papers on microbes in cold, hot and radioactive environments.
Rika wants to live in a world where young people feel safe and valued. As a blogger and youth advocate, she has been featured on Static FM, and in the Australian Women's Weekly and The New Zealand Herald website. When she’s not busy researching her next taboo topic to blog about, you can find her painting in her studio, changing nappies or heading out on another bushwalk adventure.
Louise’s leadership experience has spanned all sectors having held senior leadership roles within government, the private sector, philanthropy and the NGO sector. She has been an advisor to the Prime Minister, runs her own business, led a government office, and has aided the set-up of a government’s social innovation lab as well as the new Centre for Social Impact in Auckland.
Francisco Blaha has lived the Pacific for the last 23 years, in New Zealand for the last 20, and on Waiheke Island for the last ten. Growing up on a farm in Argentina, he was mysteriously drawn to the ocean and started working in fisheries as a marine biology student. In the last three decades, he has worked as a fisherman, boat builder, fisheries observer, quality control inspector, research adviser, consultant and a UN Fisheries Officer. He has academic qualifications in fisheries, food science, and environmental economics.
Leila is a teacher and facilitator in nature awareness, healing, land healing, shamanism and the therapeutic properties of plants. She has a range of vibrational essences, and works with our nature allies on an energetic and emotional level. She is also a writer and poet.
Selina is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Auckland, where she teaches New Zealand and Pacific literature and creative writing. Of Samoan, Tuvaluan, English and French descent, her critical and creative work focuses on giving voice to Pacific communities. She was a Poet Olympiad for the 2012 London Olympics, and her award-winning poetry collection, Fast Talking PI was featured at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair.
Janine is a mediator and founder of the UK charity TalkingWorks, which brings mediation skills into schools. Originally a partner in a UK law firm, she left her legal career to take a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology, carry out research in neuroscience and become Visiting Fellow in Organisational Psychology at Nottingham Trent University.