The Water Safety New Zealand board comprises eight passionate and highly skilled trustees. An interest in the outdoors, sport, recreation, water safety, education and health feature predominantly and supplements their business and governance experience.
Danny Tuato’o – Independent chair
Danny is a senior solicitor with Whangarei law firm MWIS. He is a director, trustee and advisor to a wide range of clients on governance including corporate/commercial entities, local government, NGOs, Māori and family groups.
Danny draws on his Māori, Fijian and Samoan heritage and links to Tokelauan communities to assist in the development of community relationships throughout New Zealand. Māori protocol and his immersion and fluency of Te Reo grounds and guides Danny in both his professional and personal life.
Danny lives with his partner at Whangarei Heads with their four children who are all active in swimming clubs and
Matt Barker – General Member director
Matt is a senior lecturer, stream leader – outdoors, at AUT, Auckland. With a passion for the outdoors, Matt’s research and teaching
Matt has served as an elected member of the White Water NZ board, is on the editorial board of the New Zealand Journal of Outdoor Education, the board of directors for the New Zealand Outdoor Instructor Association and is a member and serves on the white water technical advisory group for the NZQA TRoQ.
Dr Matt Barker, PhD BEd Hons.
Michael Bassett-Foss – Surf Life Saving New Zealand delegate
Michael has a rich background and active experience
These include Surf Life Saving New Zealand, swimming, kayaking, canoe, multi-sport and the Drowning Prevention Commission of the International Life Saving Federation.
Maurice Kidd – Independent director
Maurice is an experienced advisor and director to a number of public and private companies. Maurice has a finance and investment background with extensive governance experience.
He has held senior positions in New Zealand and international organisations. As well as Paper Plus', his current directorships include Molemap New Zealand Limited (chair), Image Centre Limited (chair), Fairview Group Limited (chair) and Quix New Zealand Limited.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Dean Lawrence – Coastguard New Zealand delegate
Dean is the CEO of the Spirit of Adventure Trust and has been involved in Coastguard New Zealand for over 30 years. He is on the board of the International Marine Rescue Federation and past president of Coastguard New Zealand. Dean is heavily involved with his community as a volunteer at the Surf Life Saving Kariaotahi Club and Waiuku Coastguard.
Dean combines his passion for sea rescue with education, especially focused on youth development and those young people who are at risk and don’t get the opportunities to experience the joys of aquatic activities in their everyday lives.
Margaret McKee – Swimming New Zealand delegate
Margaret has had a diverse professional career across a range of industries including senior business roles in both the private and public sectors, and formal governance training and experience. She’s worked closely with both central and local government and her work has included international company agreements/alliances, commercial sponsorships, product development and portfolio funds. Margaret grew up in Gisborne and has a love of swimming, competing at a national level and winning a national title. More recently she has been a regular competitor in the Ocean Swim Series. She lives in Auckland but spends significant time in Gisborne where she has family and business interests.
Jennifer Gill – Independent director
Jennifer has had an extensive career in the community and philanthropic sectors.
She has been an executive, a trustee and chair of numerous sector-related advisory boards and committees and philanthropic trusts. In 2017 Jennifer was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to philanthropy and was the inaugural winner of the Philanthropy NZ - Perpetual Guardian Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award.
Jennifer has actively engaged in water sports including swimming and kayaking and became involved in water safety issues during her time at Foundation North as a funder but also as leader of strategic conversations seeking to ensure greater cross-sector alignment and collaboration.
Kate Wareham - Independent director
Kate is the Deputy Chief Executive, Organisational Services & Capability at the Department of Internal Affairs. She has broad experience in a range of governance roles with a particular focus on change leadership, public policy/regulation and
Kate is keenly aware of the need to influence water awareness and safety practices in NZ given the tragic fatality statistics and the significant impact this has on families throughout the country.
She maintains an active interest personally in water sports - including as an open water swimmer competing each season and played water polo as a young adult. These experiences have shaped her views around supporting children into water sports and related activities at an early age to help build lifelong skills and confidence.
Kate is a born and bred Wellingtonian who lives with her partner and their young daughter on the city’s rugged south coast.