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, Maori and family groups.
Danny draws on his Maori, Fijian and Samoan heritage and links to Tokelauan communities to assist in the development of community relationships throughout New Zealand. Maori 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 – Independent 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, multisport 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.
Horst Miehe – Swimming New Zealand delegate
Swimming has always been Horst’s biggest passion and he has made it his
Horst has been the President of the NZ Coaches and Teachers
Horst resides in Auckland with his wife and three children. He has a Masters in Social Science (Hons).
Ian Murphy – Independent director
Ian is currently working with New Zealand Rugby and New Zealand Cricket as Medical Director. He also works part-time as
Ian trained as a medical practitioner at
Ian enjoys living and working in heartland New Zealand – Whanganui, with his wife and four children. Sport and fitness play an important role
Dr Ian Murphy MBChB, MMedSci,
Kate Wareham - Independent director
Kate is currently the Chief Operating Officer, Human Rights Commission. 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.