Marine Conservationist, Advocate for Maui and Hector’s dolphins
In 2002 it occurred to the team at Dive New Zealand/ Dive Pacific magazine’s that there were many people who are unselfishly contributing huge amounts of time and effort involving the environment and diving for no real personal financial gain or glory. They are very passionate about what they do. The resulting benefits of their efforts flow through to all divers and non-divers alike plus the marine environment. These people are our unsung heroes. We salute them!
With the assistance of the USA based, Wyland Foundation this Award was created in 2003.
Christine has a very strong passion for marine conservation and sustainability. She has been in the forefront of the campaign for better protection of the Maui and Hector’s dolphins which are in critical danger of becoming extinct. She uses her political experience to campaign for the long term survival of these two dolphin species which are endemic to New Zealand.
Christine has degrees in Politics and Philosophy from Auckland University including First Class Honours. She is a member and supporter of many Non-Governmental organisations such as Greenpeace, Sea Shepherd and the Native Forest Action.