Anselm Haanen, Surveyor-General, Chairperson
Anselm is a licensed cadastral surveyor, with a Master of Surveying from Otago University. His 40+ year career with Toitū Te Whenua and its predecessor departments has provided opportunities in geospatial research and development, setting surveying and addressing standards, establishing electoral boundaries as a member of the Representation Commission, and providing technical advice on Toitū Te Whenua’s future Automated Survey and Titles System. Anselm has managed the regulatory work of the Office of the Surveyor-General for the national geodetic and cadastral survey systems since 2014.
Shaun Barnett – nominated by Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC)
Shaun is a freelance writer and photographer from Wellington, and the author of several books about tramping and backcountry history. He studied zoology at Massey University, and parks, recreation and tourism at Lincoln University, before working as a Department of Conservation officer for several years. He served 9 years on the executive of the Federated Mountain Clubs, and subsequently worked as editor of the FMC Bulletin and its successor magazine Backcountry for 10 years. Shaun has tramped and climbed extensively throughout New Zealand.
Robin Kearns – nominated by the New Zealand Geographical Society Inc
Robin is a professor of geography, and Head of School of Environment, at University of Auckland. He is a social and cultural geographer who is widely published on the links between health and places, and has influenced the development of the subdiscipline known as health geography. He has also published on the politics of place naming and the links between naming and identity. His most recent edited book is on the influence of water on wellbeing. Robin’s passions include tramping, poetry, popular music and New Zealand fauna and flora.
Paulette Tamati-Elliffe – nominated by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu
Paulette (Kāi Te Pahi, Kāi Te Ruahikihiki (Ōtākou), Te Atiawa, Ngāti Mutunga) currently leads the Kāi Tahu te reo Māori revitalisation strategy, Kotahi Mano Kāika. She is Te Waipounamu representative on Te Mātāwai, the national board charged with fulfilling the Maihi Māori strategy for the revitalisation of te reo Māori. Over the past 20 years, Paulette and her partner Komene, both graduates of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo Māori – Institute of Excellence in Te Reo Māori, have reclaimed te reo Māori as a language of natural communication in the home with their tamariki and mokopuna. Paulette also holds a number of representative roles at a local community level for her hapū, and her voice is often heard either calling or singing to manuhiri at her home marae, Ōtākou. A trustee of Te Nohoaka o Tukiauau (Sinclair Wetlands), Paulette is just as passionate about restoring and strengthening intergenerational connection to our environment and mahika kai traditions.
Merata Kawharu, MNZM – nominated by the Minister for Land Information
Merata (Ngāti Whātua and Ngāpuhi) is an academic, researcher and writer who is currently a part time professor at the Centre for Sustainability at Otago University, a principal at Takarangi Research Group and director of research at Nukuroa Consulting Ltd. After completing a doctorate in anthropology at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, she has taught at Auckland and Otago Universities, and published widely in areas of indigenous leadership and resource management. She has written extensively on cultural heritage, museum governance and Māori development, the Treaty of Waitangi, land use and tenure, and the Resource Management Act. She has been a member of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and its Māori Heritage Council, and has worked as a consultant to UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre in Paris. Merata was awarded an MNZM for services to Māori education.
Jenni Vernon – nominated by the Minister for Land Information
Jenni is a trained primary school teacher, holds a Masters in environmental management, and is an accredited Resource Management Act Hearings Commissioner. Jenni served 12 years on the Waikato Regional Council, holding the position of chair from 2004 to 2007. Jenni formerly lead the Strategic Planning and Resource Management team at Waikato District Council.
Adam Greenland – National Hydrographer, Toitū Te Whenua
Adam is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He holds a Merchant Navy Deck Officer Certificate of Competency and a tertiary qualification in hydrographic surveying and mapping sciences. He heads the delegation that represents New Zealand on the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) Hydrographic Commission of Antarctica and the South West Pacific Regional Hydrographic Commission. Adam is also a board member of the International Board of Standards of Competence.
Iaean Cranwell – nominated by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ)
Iaean (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Irakehu, Kāti Kuri, Kāti Makō) is the current Co-Chair of Te Maruata, the national collective of Māori in governance roles in Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ). He is also a Te Maruata representative to LGNZ's National Council. Iaean returns to Environment Canterbury as a Ngāi Tahu Councillor this triennium, after previously serving as an appointed Councillor representing Ngāi Tahu from 2016-2019, and then as one of two Tumu Taiao mana whenua experts from September 2020 to October 2022.
Iaean has a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science, and post-graduate qualifications in Information Science, with a focus on indigenous toponomy.
He has built strong relationships with his hapū, iwi, papatipu rūnanga, communities, and environmental organisations throughout his career. He also has experience as a director, chair, and member on a variety of commercial, community and charitable organisations.
Iaean takes over from Bonita Bingham, as the LGNZ (Local Government NZ) appointee on the NZGB, and looks forward to the next 3 years.
Cadence Kaumoana – nominated by the Minister for Māori Development
Biography to be updated soon.
Mahana Toka – nominated by the Minister for Māori Development
Biography to be updated soon.