Accelerating Protection for Kauri Independent Panel
An independent panel has been appointed to consider the work of the Accelerating Protection for Kauri project. They will bring a new perspective to the management of kauri dieback disease. They’ll also give advice to the kauri dieback governance group.
Dr Barry O'Neil
Barry served as Chief Executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health. He has significant biosecurity and leadership experience through roles in government, working in New Zealand and overseas. His experience includes policy and international standard setting and trade negotiations; operational biosecurity risk-management activities involving the border, surveillance, response and eradication; and organisational change management. Barry is a kiwifruit grower from Tauranga and is a Director of Keronlea Ltd, Horticulture NZ, Tomatoes NZ, and is the governance group of Our Biological Heritage National Science Challenge. He has been a Director of New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited (Scion) since 10 December 2012.
Kevin is of Ngati Hine, Ngati Whatua, Tainui and Welsh descent. He is currently an Environment Court Commissioner and was named Northland Conservationist of the Decade in the 1990s. Kevin lives in Motatau and has long been a role model in the community, in roles with various companies, trusts and community organisations in areas relating to philanthropy, health, conservation, justice, Māori development, education, environment, forestry, farming and sport. He has also served on ministerial advisory groups pertaining to health, forestry, conservation, Māori affairs, environment and crown research institutes.
Dr Marie McEntee
Marie is a socio-environmental scientist who has research interests in Science in Society, particularly environmental issues, science communication, community-based participatory research and collaborative learning. Marie’s research has looked at how science/community partnerships can have effective environmental outcomes while meeting multiple objectives. Currently coordinating three undergraduate courses at the University of Auckland, Marie is also a member of the Kauri Dieback Strategic Science Advisory Group.
Lindsay is a science leader who specialises in surveillance, risk analysis and techniques available to mitigate losses from forest disease. He has carried out research for 35 years and has experience managing diseases affecting radiata pine in New Zealand. Lindsay’s current research looks at disease and growth loss interactions and reducing the impact of Phytophthora diseases. He is currently leading the Forest Protection Group team at Scion, which is undertaking kauri dieback research. Lindsay is also a member of the Kauri Dieback Strategic Science Advisory Group.