The following were members of the Advisory Panel for Net Zero New Zealand the Emissions Workshop 2019.

Kaapua Smith

Head of Sustainability
Contact Energy

Kaapua Smith (Tribal affiliations: Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Awa) is Head of Sustainability at Contact Energy, and oversees the environment, communities, sustainability and property & land functions of the business. Her background is in sustainability, research, policy and communications.

Catherine Leining

Policy Fellow
Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Catherine Leining has over 25 years of international policy experience with specialisation in climate change mitigation policy. As a Policy Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, she leads Motu’s research and engagement programme on “Shaping New Zealand’s Low-Emission Future.” She has held policy positions at the Ministry for the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington City Council and New Zealand Transport Agency. In government roles, she helped to design the NZ ETS and served on the New Zealand delegation to the UNFCCC negotiations (2008-2009).

Jörn Scherzer

Manager Sustainability and Resilience
Hutt City Council

Leading sustainability and climate change resilience work at Hutt City Council; covers the implementation of our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2017-23; leading the climate mitigation (emission reduction) and adaption work (sea level rise, etc).

Steve Dixon

GM Strategy and Partnerships
Toitū Envirocare

Steve develops new partnership opportunities for Toitū Envirocare while managing key relationships and developing new products to meet our customers evolving needs. With over 20 years’ experience in sustainability, and several governance roles under his belt, he brings a wealth of knowledge, capability and experience to the team. 

Gerri Ward

Sustainability and Community Manager
Z Energy

I lead the Sustainability and Community (environmental and social sustainability) programmes at Z Energy.

At Z we stand for making a positive difference where we live and operate in New Zealand. We stand for an environmentally sustainable New Zealand that is an example to the rest of the world and an inspiration to Kiwis. Z will move from being a part of the climate change problem to the heart of the solution. We will be bold and provide leadership and a range of solutions to enable our customers, stakeholders and communities to join us on the journey to a low carbon future.