raewyn wyland awardIt is with great pleasure that we announce the 14th recipient of this Award is Raewyn Peart, BSocSc (Waikato), BCom (Otago), LLB (Otago), MCom (Natal), Policy Director, Environmental Defence Society.

The Award is primarily for those who have contributed huge amounts of time and effort to conserving the ocean environment and/or helping making others aware of it, for no real personal financial gain or glory. Their passion for the marine environment results in benefits that flow through to all divers and non-divers alike plus the marine environment.

For the past decade, 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 published major books on coastal development Castles in the Sand: What’s happening to the New Zealand coast? marine mammal protection Dolphins of Aotearoa: Living with dolphins in New Zealand – which was shortlisted for the New Zealand Royal Society Science Book Prize and environmental change in the Hauraki Gulf marine area, The Story of the Hauraki Gulf. She was a member of the collaborative Stakeholder Working Group which successfully prepared the first marine spatial plan ever conducted in New Zealand for the Hauraki Gulf.

As Policy Director of the EDS, Raewyn heads up their environmental policy think-tank group. She has over 20 years professional experience in environmental law and policy having worked previously as a resource management lawyer and policy adviser to business, government and the not-for-profit sector.

Raewyn was co-winner of the 2013 Resource Management Law Association Publications Award, and recipient of the 2016 Holdaway Award for leadership in and around the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. She is a keen sailor, snorkeller, snowboarder and photographer.

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