Matt has been Head of Communications at Ports of Auckland since 2012. Matt consolidated his strong experience in stakeholder communications overseas, working in London as stakeholder communications manager for London Underground and British Rail.
After 10 years in the UK, Matt became one of the ‘reverse brain drain’ generation, moving back to New Zealand and settling in Auckland with his family.
Matt’s involvement in Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari is inspired by both professional interest and by his strong affection for Waiheke Island, where, in his youth, he would travel to visit his grandfather.
“I love Waiheke and spent time living in Oneroa in the late ’80s, so I had the great privilege of waking up to the sights and sounds of the Hauraki Gulf every day,” said Matt. “Now, working for Ports of Auckland, I see how intensively the Gulf is used, and the significance of its role in ensuring New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity through commercial activity.
“For me, Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari is about working through potential ways we can balance and manage the environmental and economic pressures on the Gulf, so we can all continue to use and enjoy it.
"I’m pleased to be involved, as the Hauraki Gulf is an incredibly special place and it deserves our focused attention.”