Staff

John Rodwell

John has extensive experience in the primary sector, both in corporate finance and governance, and in national science work supporting the sector. Currently serving as a director of Manaaki Whenua / Landcare Research and the Biological Heritage Challenge, John has also chaired national agri industry entities like the Bio Protection Research Centre (CORE) and the Minister of Agriculture’s Wool Working Group (now known a Wool Impact), where he retains a Board Advisory role. Additionally, he serves on the board of several farming businesses, as well as being a director of WoolWorks Ltd., the New Zealand wool scour operator. With a background in international business development and a commitment to industry improvement initiatives, John is a Co-Chair of the Te Taiao Steering Group and was previously on the Minister of Agricultures Primary Sector Council. John’s leadership skills and belief in community-driven initiatives promises positive impacts for WAI, our communities, and the local environment. Read More

Dr Mara Wolkenhauer

Originally from Germany, and after 17 years living in Australia, Mara moved to Aotearoa 10 years ago. With a background in marine biology, waterway health and science translation, Mara worked for organisations such as CSIRO, the University of Queensland and Healthy Waterways (Brisbane). Since moving to Dunedin, she has worked for the University of Otago, DOC and now MBIE as a Business Development Manager, Science Investment Advisor and Principal Policy Advisor. Mara has a deep interest in strategic governance and environmental education to support our tamariki. With a PhD in Science and an MBA, Mara offers a diverse set of expertise to support WAI Wānaka and the wider community. A positive, humorous and creative person, Mara excels when working with and for people. Her values are: honesty, integrity, equality and happiness. Read More

Andrew Gawith

Andrew is a lapsed economist with experience in setting up and managing an economics consulting business and an investment management firm. He is currently a Trustee at Te Kakano, a founder and Trustee of the New Zealand Rivers Trust, which is involved in the Cawthron NZ River Awards. He is a director of two farming businesses and is acutely aware of the biological and economic tensions between land use and the health of freshwater eco-systems. Read More