Raewyn Peart is Policy Director at the Environmental Defence Society and currently heads its environmental policy think tank. She is a trained lawyer and has graduated from the University of Waikato (BSocSc), University of Otago (BCom, LLB) and University of Natal (MCom). Raewyn has written widely on coastal and marine issues.
Raewyn’s passion for the Hauraki Gulf stems from her childhood experiences of sailing around the Gulf in her family’s small homebuilt plywood trimarans. She recalls a place full of life and interest, with reefs full of diverse life and the sea full of schooling fish accompanied by seabirds and dolphins.
“When I came back to New Zealand with my young daughter, after an OE in South Africa, I was keen to show her all the wonders of the Hauraki Gulf. But I was shocked at what we found; reefs stripped of kelp and fish life, few seabirds and a largely empty sea. I wanted to find out how and why such a significant shift had happened and what we could do about it. That is why I wrote the book.”
Raewyn has previously published a major book on coastal development titled Castles in the Sand. Her most recent book Dolphins of Aotearoa was shortlisted for the Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize. She was co-winner of the Resource Management Law Association Publication Award for Caring for Our Coast.
Raewyn is a keen sailor, snorkeler and photographer. She can often be found cruising in the wonderful waters of the Gulf.