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New statistics chief

Mark Sowden (pictured) has been appointed as Government Statistician and Chief Executive, Statistics New Zealand.

Mr Sowden is currently Deputy Chief Executive of the Housing and Urban Settings group at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

He has been appointed for five years from 21 January. Until then Deputy Chief Executive, Data and Digital Services, Kelvin Watson will act in the position.



Māori education group

Members of Te Taumata Aronui, a group to work with the Government on tertiary education policy from a Māori community and employer perspective, have been announced.

They are Wayne Ngata (Chair), Wiremu Doherty, Maru Nihoniho, Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, Mereraina Piripi, Eruera Prendergast-Tarena, Brendon Green and Mamaeroa Merito.


Climate advisors named

Members of the Climate Change Commission that is to advise the Government on issues related to climate change have been appointed.

They are Rod Carr (Chair), Lisa Tumahai (Deputy Chair) Harry Clark, Judith Lawrence, Catherine Leining, James Renwick and Nicola Shadbolt.

The Commission will pick up the work begun by the Interim Climate Change Committee, appointed in May 2018.


Scientist joins EPA Board

Greg Ryder has been appointed to the Board of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

Dr Ryder is currently Director and Environmental Scientist at Ryder Environmental which provides advice and services in relation to freshwater, terrestrial and marine ecology and water quality.

His appointment brings the EPA Board to its eight-member capacity.


Antarctic mission for scientist

John Cottle has been appointed as Antarctica New Zealand’s Chief Scientific Advisor.

Previously Professor of Earth Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Professor Cottle was born and raised in New Zealand and began his career at the University of Otago.

He will take up his new role at Antarctica New Zealand in April next year.


Sport NZ future leader

Cameron Leslie has been appointed as the new intern on the Sport NZ Board – a position created by Sport NZ in 2017 as part of its Future Directors Program.

A member of both the New Zealand para swimming and wheelchair rugby teams, Mr Leslie is a world champion athlete whose sporting achievements include three consecutive Paralympic gold medals (2008, 2012, 2016) in the 150-metre individual medley.

He replaces Chelsea Grootveld, who held the position from March 2017 to March 2018 and is now a full member of the board of High Performance Sport NZ.