Annette Lees

Annette Lees is the author of ‘Swim: A Year of Swimming Outdoors In New Zealand’ (Potton and Burton).  ‘Swim’, a social history and personal story of New Zealanders’ old love of swimming in creeks, rivers, estuaries, lakes and the sea, was long-listed for the 2019 Ockham New Zealand book prize’s Royal Society award for non-fiction. Annette Lees directs Alternative Endings, a consulting business with a special focus on strategy, complex problem resolution, capability and sustainability of organisations along with design and evaluation of public good projects, programmes and issues. Annette works throughout New Zealand and the Pacific.


Tom Schueler

Tom has 35 years of experience in practical aspects of stormwater and restoration practices to protect and restore urban watersheds. Tom directs the Chesapeake Stormwater Network, a non-profit devoted to training and engaging the public and private sectors to build more sustainable practices. Our mission is to help restore the Chesapeake Bay and the thousands of miles of streams that drain our nation’s watershed.

Tom also serves as the stormwater coordinator for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, and has guided a dozen expert panels to consensus on the best practices to reduce runoff and pollutants from the urban sector. Some notable expert panels included stormwater retrofits, stream restoration, low impact development practices, urban nutrient management, street cleaning and floating treatment wetlands.

In his career, Tom has written more than 50 stormwater design manuals, research reports on best practices, and other watershed guidance documents. Tom founded the Center for Watershed Protection in 1992, and loves stream walks, floodplain reconnection, and building rain gardens.


Hon Nanaia Mahuta

As a mother, and a constituent MP with 20 plus years’ experience who has come from ‘flax-root’ politics, Hon Nanaia Mahuta remains connected to the aspirations of people from all walks of life. Those who work hard for a living so that their children can do better, kaumatua, trades-people, those who aspire to own their home, those who own small businesses and those who lead a range of services and organisations and huge iwi entities

During her time in Parliament, Hon Nanaia Mahuta supported policies and initiatives that built the capacity of communities, especially social service organisations, greater investment in education, employment and training opportunities particularly for young people, supported the continuation of the Treaty Settlement process and supported specific initiatives that lift the wellbeing and opportunities for young mums and those who are vulnerable and victims of abuse.

Hon Nanaia Mahuta is a tribal member of Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto and Ngāti Manu and her parliamentary experience has enabled her to contribute to the collective aspirations of Maori and all New Zealanders