Meet the Team

 

Management team

The management team all volunteer their time towards the operation of GFNZ, planning and coordination of events, diver training, public education, and of course, getting their hands dirty with dive and shore clean ups to remove rubbish and protect marine life.

Rob Wilson

Rob Wilson

President | Founder | Dive Crew | Video Producer

Rob is the owner of Frontline Photography (an award winning photographer with specialities in astro/nightscapes and underwater), and he is the definition of a diving addict. Rob was one of the youngest divers to certify in New Zealand and since then, he has developed a passion for anything diving related.

Rob was the founder of Ghost Fishing NZ and has been involved in and managed clean-up dives around Wellington for almost 15 years. GFNZ is Rob’s passion and his motivation is the driving force behind the successful events which GFNZ lay claim.

Serena Cox

Serena Cox

Vice President | Dive Team Leader

Matt Rolfe

Matt Rolfe

Secretary | Shore Team Leader | Dive Crew

Matt has been passionate about wildlife and conservation since he can remember. Having a background in administration, management and conservation science, Matt is enthusiastic to do his part to make the oceans clean whether it be in SCUBA gear, running the shore side or writing up GFNZ management meeting notes. In his spare time, you will find him either exploring Wellington’s underwater world, invasive mammal predator trapping, travelling or spending time with his family.

Eddie van Halen Howard

Eddie van Halen Howard

Training & Education | De-critter Team Leader

Eddie is the team marine-guru. His fascination with the marine realm started early, with keen interest in anything that has more than two legs and lives in the ocean, much to the ‘joy’ of his mother.

Eddie joined the GFNZ team in 2016 and brings a unique element to the organisation because of his involvement with the Island Bay Marine Education Centre – one of the primary collaborators with GFNZ. He grew up around the ocean with plenty of summers spent at the beach, which helped to fuel a passion for the ocean that he has taken him through volunteering at NIWA in the Invertebrate Collection and Island Bay Marine Education Centre, completing a science degree and majoring in Marine Biology, and now employed full-time by the Island Bay Marine Education Centre as one of their marine educators.

You will find him elbows deep in mud and critters or behind the tanks sharing his enthusiasm.

Bruce Rawiri

Bruce Rawiri

Club Captain | Dive Marshall | Dive Crew

Rob Edward

Rob Edward

Health & Safety Coordinator | Dive Crew

Rachel Pearce

Rachel Pearce

Memberships | Oxygen Provider | Shore Crew

Mahalia Mills

Mahalia Mills

Website | Dive Crew | Videographer

Mahalia is a keen diver, who completed her PADI Open Water certification in 2013 and has enjoyed exploring the waters locally, as well as abroad.

After returning to New Zealand from living overseas, Mahalia learned about what Rob Wilson was up to with Ghost Fishing NZ and was eager to get involved. She attended her first clean up at the NIWA Rock Wall in 2017, helping out on the shore, and since then has joined the dive crew and sits on the committee. Mahalia redesigned the GFNZ website and contributes to the video footage.

Shelley Gurney

Shelley Gurney

Free Dive Team Leader

Stuart Day

Stuart Day

Legal & Insurance | Dive Crew

Stuart has always been an avid water enthusiast having been around boats and the ocean from a young age. He qualified as a diver in 2017 and quickly became addicted.

Having seen the condition of the underwater environment first hand, Stuart learned of Ghost Fishing NZ and quickly realised that environmental work would be a great way to put his new skills to good use and to meet other enthusiastic and likeminded individuals.

In mid-2018, Stuart attended his first clean-up as a shore crew helper and loved it, returning for other clean-ups to help in whatever capacity needed.

Stuart is now part of our dive team, and a new addition to the GFNZ committee.