Universities – University of Auckland researchers join global consortium for Vehicle Electrification

Source: University of Auckland

Work at the University of Auckland will play a significant role following this week’s launch of the National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Centre for Electrified Transportation in Utah, USA.

Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification (ASPIRE) is led by Utah State University (USU), with the University of Auckland listed as the international collaborator and strategic partner. Its focus is on developing new technology and infrastructure that facilitates the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. ASPIRE has been awarded a US$26 million grant, renewable to 10-years to $50.6 million and is expected to raise more than US$200 million over the next decade in government and industry support.
 
Centre Director Dr Regan Zane believes that ASPIRE is positioned to catalyze sweeping transformations across the transportation and electric utility industries.
 
“The University of Auckland is our core international partner and plays critical roles in our research and educational programmes. It has been at the forefront of developments and commercialization in Inductive Power Transfer (IPT) technology and has a long history of collaboration with USU, dating back to the origins of our wireless charging programme.
 
“We look forward to a long and active partnership with the Auckland team as we pursue our joint vision of a brighter future with a global perspective through cross-disciplinary research into electrified transportation.”
 
Professor Grant Covic of the Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering in the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Engineering has been working on ways to integrate IPT within roadways along with other researchers at the University, Dr Nick Long at the Robinson Institute at Victoria University of Wellington and Dr John Kennedy at GNS Science.  Researchers at the University of Auckland on the ASPIRE team include Prof Udaya Madawala (ECSE), Professor Simon Bickerton (Centre for Advanced Composite Materials), Dr Doug Wilson (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Professor Basil Sharp (Energy Centre, Auckland Business School).
 
The power electronics research group at Auckland University, which began with Emeritus Distinguished Professor John Boys, has been advanced by Professors Covic, Madawala, Hu and Dr Thrimawithana over the last two decades, and has been a global leader of IPT technology across many applications for the past 30 years.
 
In the first 25 years, the group was largely funded by industry development and cooperation supported by the University’s commercialisation arm, UniServices. However, in late 2017 the Government began funding this new multidisciplinary research through a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Endeavour research-programme award for work on the development of IPT roadway charging systems. These include novel wireless charging systems with mechanical encapsulation coupled with transport road pavement material systems optimised both economically and geospatially.
 
Professor Covic said that the MBIE funding allowed this research to be expanded, leading to the establishment of their multi-department and multi-disciplinary research group, which opened exciting opportunities for young staff and PhD students to engage across New Zealand and globally.
 
“This work raised global attention and our collaborators in the US sought to enhance what we were doing in the IPT roadway charging programme. They pulled together a fantastic proposal and set of partnerships that culminated in a strategic NSF funding bid, with the University of Auckland listed as the international collaborator.”
 
The ASPIRE centre builds on the work done previously in Utah under an industry collaborative program called SELECT and in New Zealand under the current MBIE funded research development of IPT roadway systems for LD vehicles he says.  
 
Professor Covic believes the opportunities offered by ASPIRE are tremendous.
 
“This initiative brings together many of the world’s leading companies focused on delivering electrification technology into Light Duty (LD) and Heavy Duty (HD) vehicles.  
 
“Awarding of the NSF centre will significantly enhance collaborative research opportunities and help fund joint activities and strategic research around appropriate transportation solutions for electrification of both LD and HD fleets.”
 
Professor Covic says the latter is particularly problematic, and he and his team are looking at solutions for both in and off-road wireless charging of vehicles (in road at 50-100kW levels/m and off road charging up to MW levels).
 
University of Auckland’s Dr Doug Wilson said that the new Centre will help develop stronger international partnerships and connections in the global transport electrification space and demonstrate how transportation systems can transition to more sustainable outcomes, encouraging the reduction of transport emissions and carbon footprints.
 
“It is already having a positive impact on both emerging and established researchers here, connecting researchers to like-minded groups in the US”.
 
He said that as a bonus it is providing opportunities for the Faculty’s commitment to a Mātauranga Māori approach, led by Dr Tumanako Fa’aui, that encompasses the unique Māori way of viewing the world – encompassing traditional knowledge and culture – and actively seeking meaningful ways to reflect this in their teaching, research, and ways of doing.

“There is a genuine level of excitement about the potential of this collaboration, to develop research careers for young staff and pathways for postgrads and undergrads.”

 
University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater said that the University has a proud history of research and innovation in wireless power transfer and delighted to be a partner in this exciting new ASPIRE consortium.
 
“Sustainable, electrified transportation and the enabling technologies that support this, such as the electrified road, are key to the global future,” she says “We congratulate the leadership of the consortium for their bold vision in establishing this important international research centre.”
 


NSF Announcement: www.usu.edu/today/story/usu-launches-nsf-funded-engineering-research-center-for-electrified-transportation
USU ASPIRE website:  https://aspire.usu.edu/
IPT Roadway Website: https://iptroadway.auckland.ac.nz/


Human Rights – Caritas helping amidst apocalyptic scenes in Lebanon

Source: Caritas

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand announced today that it will provide urgently needed funding for Lebanon amidst apocalyptic scenes from a massive explosion in the port of Beirut yesterday.

The blast killed at least 100 people and injured more than 4,000 others.  It was so strong that it registered as a 4.5 earthquake and was felt 150 miles away in the island of Cyprus. Windows were blown out of houses and buildings up to 15 miles from the port. The search for survivors is still ongoing.

“Hospitals and doctors had already been reporting shortages of vital medical supplies such as anesthesia, medication and sutures before yesterday’s explosion. Amidst these scenes of absolute devastation, we must act now. Caritas will provide funding to help the Lebanese people in this hour of need,” said Julianne Hickey, Director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand.

At least four hospitals were affected by the blast. St George Hospital, one of the city’s largest, was so severely damaged that it had to shut down and transfer patients to other hospitals outside of Beirut.  Medical staff who survived the blast were treating patients on street sidewalks using flashlights to work because there was no electricity.

Thousands of families who were already facing difficult circumstances due to ongoing conflict, economic instability and the COVID-19 pandemic were affected in yesterday’s explosion. “We need to show our solidarity with the poor and vulnerable in Beirut, who are facing so many urgent and severe challenges. We must do what we can to ensure that they have the life-saving support they need,” said Mrs Hickey.

Caritas Lebanon’s youth volunteers and staff are actively assisting. Yesterday, they were on site nearby hospitals assisting the injured and are dispatching a Rapid Response team. Although their offices were damaged by the blast, Caritas Lebanon remains committed to supporting vulnerable people in the aftermath of this tragic incident.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is sending a solidarity grant from their Peace in the Middle East fund. Anyone who is interested in contributing to the support for Lebanon can donate online at caritas.org.nz or over the phone by calling 0800 22 10 22.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' agency for justice, peace and development, and incorporates Catholic Volunteers Overseas. We are working for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 165 Catholic aid, development and social justice agencies active in over 200 countries and territories.

Save the Children warns 3.2 million people on the brink of hunger in Yemen

Source: Save the Children
Yemen is facing an alarming increase of people on the brink of hunger, with their numbers forecasted to rise from 2 to 3.2 million by the end of the year. The drivers of the food insecurity are the ongoing economic problems, the violence, a drastic reduction of funding, the COVID-19 outbreak which is hampering health and nutrition services, swarms of locust and increased outbreaks of other disease like Dengue.
Save the Children is working hard to reach the most vulnerable families, including those in hard to reach areas.  Al Boriqa Mobile Clinic in Aden supported by Save the Children, provides life saving health services to 10,428 Yemenis who live in areas with no easy access to health centres.
Among the services provided in the clinic are nutrition services for severe acute malnutrition cases (SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition cases (MAM) for children under five years old and pregnant and lactating women. They now also screen for COVID-19 cases and communicate with the RRT (Rapid Response Team) for further investigation and referrals. Our team in the Al Boriqa Mobile Clinic is seeing an increase in the number of cases of Dengue and Malaria, and the health of some children who were initially getting better is deteriorating again. 
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in the first quarter of 2020 staff at the health facilities faced several challenges. The shortage of personal protective equipment and people's fear of COVID-19 led to a decrease in the number of patients seeking service, and the work of the mobile clinic was suspended during the months of April and May 2020.
Save the Children New Zealand is raising funds to support children and families in desperate need in Yemen,  https://www.savethechildren.org.nz/what-we-do/the-solutions/emergencies/yemen-emergency/
About Save the Children NZ:
Save the Children works in 120 countries across the world. The organisation responds to emergencies and works with children and their communities to ensure they survive, learn and are protected.
Save the Children NZ currently supports international programmes in Fiji, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Laos, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand, and Mozambique. Areas of work include education and literacy, disaster risk reduction, and alleviating child poverty.

Farming Sector – Arable farmers pleased with 2020 harvest yields

Source: Federated Farmers
Final harvest data for wheat, barley and oats (milling/malting and feed) in 2020 show yields were up 17% overall across the six crops.
The July AIMI (Arable Industry Marketing Initiative) Survey report shows these results were from a reduced number of hectares planted (down 6%), with the net result being a 10% increase in total tonnage compared to last season.
“For context, keep in mind when making the comparison that 2019’s results were below average,” Federated Farmers Vice-Chairperson Grains, Brian Leadley, said.
“Nevertheless, we have those reported strong yields and even a new world record. While the 17.398 tonnes/hectare of Kerrin wheat harvested on Eric Watson’s Ashburton farm is testament to great management, it’s also a reflection of a pretty good growing season.”
The yield rises recorded in the AIMI survey compared to 2019 were: wheat up an estimated 26%, feed barley up 12%, milling wheat up 11%, malting barley up 1%, milling oats up 5% and feed oats up 6%.
Weather conditions for autumn/winter sowing and establishment have been judged by survey respondents as being very good in most regions. Sowings and intentions are similar to last season, with the exception of malting barley (down 10%), milling oats (up 32%) and feed oats (down 14%) – although less than half of these crops had been actually sown as at 1 July.
Over the two-year period (2019 harvest to predicted 2021 harvest), the harvest area for feed barley and feed wheat is predicted to decrease by 14% and 6% respectively. Conversely, the harvest area for milling wheat is predicted to increase by 26% and for malting barley by 14%.
“While the prediction for total planting area is stable, we’re seeing a bit of a shift by growers to milling wheat rather than feed wheat varieties,” Brian said.
“Wrapped up in that is extra recognition for the quality of New Zealand wheat for domestic consumption and the work that’s been done around raising the profile of our own New Zealand product is paying dividends.
“In tandem with that is the varieties we’re growing are yielding quite well – not quite getting up to feed variety yields but they’re getting quite close. So if growers swing to those, they’ve got choices in the market.”
Growers could put their wheat into the milling market but if feed wheat demand is stronger, they have that option. The reverse is not true: feed wheat varieties are generally not suitable for milling.
Survey responses indicate there could be a lessening of support around production of feed grains.
“That’s a little concerning. While we’ve been pushing harder on those higher end value types were certainly still want to support feed demand,” Brian said.
“With a significant part of New Zealand having suffered from a serious drought, quite a bit of feed grain was consumed through that, but fair to say probably not as much as the arable industry would have liked to have seen.”
A lot of maize grain was used in the North Island, where the bulk of that is grown.
The AIMI survey reported a total of 6,200 tonne of unsold malting barley. Most malting barley is used in beer production and with bars and restaurants closed for six weeks during the Covid-19 lockdown, there was disruption to demand and production, especially for keg beer.
“I think this is a blip more than anything. Looking at the deliveries of last harvest of malting barley, they’re better than I would have thought,” Brian said.
Most malting barley is grown under contract, and there is always the option of feeding it to stock if demand from industry is down.

Universities – Christchurch composers premiere work at the Arts Centre this month

Source: University of Canterbury

 

Upcoming concerts keep the flame of exciting, new and original contemporary music burning brightly at the University of Canterburys (UC) School of Music.

 

The perfect gift for a violinist 

 

Choosing a gift isnt always easy – unless youre a music composer. UC Adjunct Professor James Gardner solved the conundrum of what to give his friend for his 50thbirthday by composing a short solo violin piece, titled MM@L. 

 

The piece was gifted to UC Head of Performance Professor Mark Menzies who will perform the composition in a world premiere at the New Music Central – Mark Menziesconcert on Monday 10 August at 7pm, in UCs Arts Centre Recital Room. 

 

The highly virtuosic programme of music for solo violin/viola and for violin/viola with electronics features the highly significant work from 1972 Spectral by Tim Souster. Inspired by an extensive set of hump-backed whale-song recordings, including an array of ‘playful’ examples using echo effects in underwater canyons, and other ‘extendedsounds not usually understood as part of these creatures’ singing, the piece is a full-on experience. Professor Menzies’ viola is electronically live-processed meaning a virtuosic performance not only on the viola, but also by operating three pedals to create the rich range of aqua-marine sound effects.

 

Adjunct Professor Gardner will be part of the Spectral performance in which he, along with distinguished experimental New Zealand composer Jason Long, will further process and alter the sounds of the viola onstage. “If all goes to plan well be using a couple of vintage EMS Synthi A synthesisers as part of the processing as well as some digital processing, so itll be a historically-informed performance using some period instruments,” Professor Menzies says.

 

Professor Menzies will also perform his own compositions joined by the current UC string community. Cat and Five Fish Skeletons is dedicated to the professor’s sister, and was inspired by a picture frame that depicted…a cat and five fish skeletons. (a)musing hemiola(s) and When the land became dry complete the set designed to be “sonically evocative and provocative string compositions”.

 

Adjunct Professor Gardner has released a new website, which is a huge treasure trove of recordings, interviews and scores.  

 

New Music Central – Mark Menzies is on Monday 10 August at 7pm in UCs Arts Centre Recital Room. Tickets are free but please register here.

Health – A Regulated Market for Vape Products

Source: Hapai Te Hauora
Hāpai Te Hauora congratulate the Associate Minister for Health Hon. Jenny Salesa on the successful passage of the long-awaited Vaping Bill last night. Many community leaders contributed to the process with over 1200 submissions and engagement from Māori and Pacific communities throughout. The Bill acknowledges that vaping products have lower health risks than smoking and aims to support smokers to switch to these less harmful products.
Interim CEO for Hāpai Te Hauora, Jason Alexander says “It is good news that New Zealand will now have a regulated market for vaping products safeguarding the quality and distribution of vaping products, therefore, ensuring better safety for their consumers.”
“A lot of advocacy was focussed on keeping vape devices away from young people so now advertising, sponsorships, vaping in workplaces and vaping for under 18-year-olds will all be banned. Our organisation especially acknowledges those who pushed for this legislation to happen before the general election, while advocating for improvements to ensure the legislation strikes the right balance between protecting young people and supporting people who want to use vaping to quit tobacco” says Alexander.
Supplementary order papers were submitted to help shape the Bill that would allow people who sell vaping products from retail premises to apply to the Director-General of Health to become a specialist vape retailer. Communications promoting the use of vaping to quit tobacco are regulated under the legislation, ensuring best practice is followed from a harm reduction perspective.
Hāpai has always advocated that communities and whānau are supported to receive the correct information around what vape products are and what they can and cannot do to help them quit smoking.
General Manager for the National Tobacco Control Advocacy Services Stephanie Erick says that achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal is their public health priority for many reasons. She points out that this Bill has absorbed a lot of energy, time and resources so she hopes it brings some much-needed pace to get to the Smokefree 2025 goal.
“It has always been our focus to prioritise the needs of families and communities most adversely affected by cigarettes. The worse thing that could happen is that the Vaping Bill safeguards the monopoly of the most dangerous product, rather than the less harmful vaping and oral nicotine products” says Erick.
“I am really keen to see a National Smokefree Action Plan next so that communities and the sector can get a better idea of where to place their efforts to achieving Smokefree for themselves within their families and communities and eventually for Aotearoa.” Says Erick.

Legal Sector – New Zealand pathology business to be acquired by NZ Super and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Source: MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Healthscope has agreed to the sale of its New Zealand pathology business, Asia Pacific Healthcare Group (APHG), to New Zealand Superannuation Fund and the Canadian Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP), each taking a 50 per cent share. The sale is valued at more than NZD$550 million and is subject to customary approvals including approval from New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Office, with completion expected in the next six months.
The sale is a major transaction for the New Zealand market, and a significant direct investment for the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.
APHG provides pathology services to 75 percent of New Zealand’s population with over 2,000 staff operating across its network of 25 laboratories and 150 collection centres, and has been heavily involved in providing testing as part of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19.
Leading law firm, MinterEllisonRuddWatts advised Healthscope on the sale process. Funds managed by Brookfield Asset Management are the majority owners of Healthscope. The transaction continues MinterEllisonRuddWatts long standing relationship with key client Brookfield, with the firm having most recently advised Brookfield on its joint venture with Infratil to acquire Vodafone NZ.
The MinterEllisonRuddWatts team for the Healthscope transaction was led by Corporate partner Mark Forman, and included partners Steve Gallaugher, Tom Maasland and Andrew Ryan, senior associates Igor Drinkovic, James Marriner, Vanessa Hunter and Brendon Prebble, and solicitor Brad Cope.
Upon reaching agreement, Partner Mark Forman said: “We are delighted to have worked alongside Brookfield and Healthscope, to assist them reaching agreement with NZ Super and OTPP. The transaction is a substantial investment in a key participant in the New Zealand healthcare sector for NZ Super and OTPP and is consistent with Healthscope’s long-term strategic refocus on its Australian hospital operations.”

Farming Sector – Expect increased rates costs from new government freshwater laws

Source: Federated Farmers
The government’s new freshwater laws, signed off this week, have the potential to create significant unnecessary costs for ratepayers, farmers and entire communities, Federated Farmers says.
“We all want good water quality, that’s why farmers and growers have been spending time and money for decades doing all they can on-farm,” Feds water spokesperson Chris Allen says.
“Millions of trees, hundreds of miles of fencing, sediment management, nitrogen controls … all these things are improving rural water quality.”
While there is still a good deal of detail Federated Farmers is working through to get a better understanding of to communicate to its members, “we do have concerns around the wording of the National Policy Statement.
“There is the distinct possibility of facing costly legal action as councils work out how to implement the regulations without established case law to assist in translating these directions,” Chris says.
Federated Farmers members, like most other people in the community, would much prefer to see money invested in environmental projects rather than in lawyers, planners and consultants.
“Given the need for a strong agriculture sector to help in the Covid recovery, we strongly urge the government that if rules and regulations are found to problematic and not aligned with the overall intent, they will make changes as required.
“It was our hope that the government would have continued to build on the good work that farmers are doing, rather than completely resetting the discussion.”

Health – Public Health Association calls for the Minister of Health to intervene and support the Māori Health Authority alternative commissioning framework

Source: Public Health Association of New Zealand

The Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHANZ) calls on the Minister of Health to intervene and adopt the alternative commissioning framework outlined on pg 174 of the Simpson Report.  

To seriously address the intergenerational Māori health inequities highlighted in the WAI 2575 Hauora: Stage One report both the government, and the minister must entrench a commissioning/co commissioning role for the new Māori Health Authority.  

We also call for answers on why a consensus on the alternative report could not be reached with the Māori Expert Advisory Panel from Heather Simpson, and for a full Te Tiriti compliance-based audit on the Health and Disability Review Report 2020

The PHA supports its member’s feedback with a full summary of recommendations that can be found here

Events – Sophie Devine, Grant Robertson, Raelene Castle headline 2020 Captains Lunch

Source: Women in Sport Aotearoa
Event:
– Captains Lunch 2020
– Friday, 4 September 2020, 1.00pm – 3.00pm (arrive at 12.45pm for networking)
– Eden Park, South Level 4 Lounge, South Stand, Gate G, Reimers Avenue, Auckland
Featuring:
– Opening address from the Hon Grant Robertson, New Zealand Minister for Sport & Recreation
– Digital keynote from Raelene Castle ONZM (Ngāpuhi), recorded from lockdown in Australia
– Live panel discussion with leaders from across sport, business and public service, moderated by sports broadcaster Rikki Swannell. Panellists: WHITE FERNS Captain, Sophie Devine, HE Hon Patricia Forsythe AM, Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand, and one other tbc
– Over 30 “Captains” (table hosts) will be announced during the run up to the event, including female athletes, coaches, leaders and key male allies for change (see those confirmed, listed below.
Information:
WHITE FERNS Captain Sophie Devine and Minister for Sport & Recreation, the Hon Grant Robertson, will headline the rescheduled Captains Lunch at Eden Park on Friday 4 September, with a special digital keynote from Raelene Castle ONZM, recorded from lockdown over in Australia.
The Captains Lunch annually brings together more than 300 guests in celebration of female leadership in sport and business. It is staged in partnership by Women in Sport Aotearoa and Trans – Tasman Business Circle SportsConnect. This year it will officially launch the journey toward and beyond the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport. A short film will debut to introduce the global theme, “Change Inspires Change,” and further detail on the digital-physical hybrid approach will be unveiled.
Taking place in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland from 5-8 May 2022, the 8th IWG World Conference is one of the “big four” women’s sports events coming to Aotearoa New Zealand, with the Cricket, Rugby and Football World Cups all here, 2021-2023. The event is the largest gathering in the world dedicated to achieving gender equity in sport and physical activity, with 2,000 expected in-person and virtually.
Following the addresses from the Hon Grant Robertson and Raelene Castle ONZM, Sophie Devine will join a panel of leaders from sport, business and public service, moderated by sports broadcaster Rikki Swannell. She will be accompanied by HE Hon Patricia Forsythe AM, Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand, and one other panellist. They will discuss and tell stories about the changes needed to inspire more changes across our Australasian and Pacific communities, to achieve gender equity.
Uniquely, the event will be supported by over 30 “Captains” (table hosts), including female athletes, coaches, leaders and male allies supporting positive change. 20 “Captains” have been confirmed as attending and each will host a table of guests, consisting of a mix of senior sport and business leaders.
Raelene Castle ONZM is one of Australasia’s most well-known sports administrators. She joined Rugby Australia as the code’s first female CEO, beginning in the role in January 2018 and recently stepping down. She was previously the CEO of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, where she spent four years leading the National Rugby League club after six years as CEO of Netball New Zealand. Raelene, as well as with the Hon Grant Robertson, was originally giving a live address at the Captains Lunch back in May, postponed due to COVID-19. Raelene is now specially recording her keynote address in Australia.
Raelene Castle ONZM, said: “I am very excited to still be able to take part in the Captains Lunch, albeit digitally. We certainly live in a very different world these days, thanks to COVID-19. But the power of technology means I can still add my thoughts to the important conversation going on around improving equity for women and girls in sport and active recreation. The system has taken a significant shock. Now, more than ever, we must be focussed to ensure that women and girls do not go without.”
New Zealand Minister for Sport & Recreation, the Hon Grant Robertson, will also address the leaders gathered. The Minister is an avid sports fan and champion for ‘women in sport’. At the beginning of his tenure, he immediately stated that positive change for women and girls in sport and active recreation in Aotearoa New Zealand was his number one priority. Since then he has driven and supported change across the sector, launching the ‘Women & Girls in Sport & Active Recreation’ strategy, which includes a $10 million investment over 3 years, and holding the system accountable.
Julie Paterson, Co-Chair of Women in Sport Aotearoa, said: “We are so pleased that even after having to reschedule the Captains Lunch, we still have Raelene Castle and Minister Robertson on board with us to mark a special milestone. We will be officially launching the journey toward and beyond the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport, which Women in Sport Aotearoa will stage in May 2022. As you might imagine, we have had to rethink our approach within the context of COVID-19, but it has allowed us to be very creative. We are excited to be unveiling all of this live at the Captains Lunch!”
“Captains” confirmed as of today include:
– Sophie Devine, Captain of the WHITE FERNS – New Zealand Women’s Cricket Team
– Beatrice Faumuina ONZM OLY, Board Member, Sport New Zealand and Olympian
– Sarah Walker, New Zealand’s first Olympic BMX medallist; IOC Athletes’ Commission member
– Megan Gifford (nee Signal), New Zealand Olympic Weightlifter
– Peter Miskimmin, outgoing Chief Executive, Sport New Zealand
– Jennah Wootten, General Manager, Partnerships and Communication, Sport New Zealand
– Michael Scott, Chief Executive, High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ)
– Kereyn Smith, Chief Executive and Secretary General, New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC)
– Andrea Nelson, Chief Executive, 2021 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup
– David White, Chief Executive, New Zealand Cricket (NZC)
– Michelle Hooper, Tournament Director, 2021 Rugby World Cup (women’s)
– Mark Robinson, Chief Executive, New Zealand Rugby (NZR)
– Andrew Bowater, board member NZ Football
– Sarah Gibbs, board member, NZ Football and former Football Fern
– Jennie Wyllie, Chief Executive, Netball New Zealand
– Claire Beard, Chief Executive, Triathlon New Zealand
– Nick Sautner, Chief Executive, Eden Park
– Shelley McMeeken, Chief Executive, Halberg Foundation
– Lynette Grace, Paralympic Games Campaign Lead, Paralympics NZ
– Simon Kent, Leadership & Performance Coach, Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand