Our ministers and governance
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Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) comes under the Government’s transport portfolio.
The Minister of Transport is Hon Michael Wood.
As we are a Crown entity, Hon Micheal Wood’s primary relationship is with our Board (usually the Board Chair) rather than our Director.
Our governance board
We are governed by a five-member board, appointed by the Minister of Transport under the Maritime Transport Act 1994.
Our Board determines the overall organisation’ strategy and appoints our Director – who is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations.
Chair, Jo Brosnahan QSO
Jo is an experienced Chair and Director who is also Chair of Harrison Grierson Ltd. She was previously Chair or director of a variety of entities, including Northpower Fibre, Landcare Research and Housing NZ. She develops and facilitates leadership and governance programmes, including for the Institute of Directors. Founder and founding Chair of Leadership New Zealand, she is now Chair of the Leadership NZ Ambassadors. She was also founding Chair of the Taitokerau Education Trust in Northland, supporting digital learning in low decile schools.
Beginning her career with railways and with the port industry, Jo was also CEO of the Northland and Auckland Regional Councils. She has experience in the port and maritime sectors, infrastructure, housing and urban development, transport, and environmental management. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, of which she was national President. As a Harkness Fellow and Aspen Scholar, Jo researched leadership in the US.
Jo was appointed to the Maritime NZ Board in July 2018 and was appointed Chair in December 2018 .
Danny is a Partner with MWIS Lawyers in Whangarei.
He has a particular interest in water safety and was the Chair of Water Safety New Zealand for five years until 2021. He has significant experience as a Chairperson, Director and trustee and is currently a Board member with Fire and Emergency New Zealand and an independent advisor to the Northland Regional Council Audit and Risk subcommittee.
Danny is a Member of the Institute of Directors and was appointed to the Maritime New Zealand Board in August 2020.
Denis practiced law for over 30 years, and served as a Disputes Tribunal Referee and a member of the Legal Aid Review Panel. He was also a Christchurch City Councillor for 15 years and a list Member of Parliament between 2011 and 2017. He currently serves as a member of the Electricity Review Panel.
Denis’ extensive governance experience includes 11 years as a director and Chair of Transwaste Canterbury, and as a member of the boards of Christchurch Transport, Postbank, and Christchurch International Airport, among numerous others.
Denis was appointed to the Maritime NZ Board in May 2019.
Roy brings to the Board table extensive port and maritime experience. During his 18 years as Chief Executive, at Port Timaru and Port Taranaki, he chaired the Boards of a number of industry-related organisations including the New Zealand Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
A Chartered Director since 2015, Roy’s expertise includes governance, commerce, strategy, business development, leadership, health and safety, infrastructure, energy, transport and logistics, ports and shipping, contracts, Iwi liaison, industrial relations and public relations.
Roy was appointed by the NZ Port Company CEO Forum as a representative for developing and implementing the New Zealand Port and Harbour Safety Code (2003 – 04). This was later extended to include the review of the Code and port company compliance (2013 – 2015). Roy was also part of the Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code review team that assessed the port Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Lyttelton and Timaru Ports in 2015.
Roy was appointed to the Maritime NZ Board in February 2019.
Belinda is a Northland-based consultant with a background in accounting, shipping and conservation. She has worked in senior accounting and management roles in the shipping industry in New Zealand for Tasman Express Line Ltd and McKay Shipping Ltd. Her initial shipping experience was gained with Ellerman City Liners in London.
Belinda was a Member of Parliament from 1996 - 2002. She is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors.
Belinda was appointed to the Maritime NZ Board in May 2013, and was appointed Deputy Chair in May 2017.
The annual report provides an overview of MNZ’s organisational performance.
Statement of Intent
The Statement of Intent outlines MNZ’s strategic goals and work it will undertake.
Statement of Performance Expectations
The Statement of Performance Expectations sets out the programme of work for MNZ during the current financial year.