Our ministers and governance

As a Crown entity, our governance and management are separate. Governance responsibilities are overseen by a board with the chairman reporting to ministers.

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Our ministers

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) comes under the Government’s transport portfolio.

The Minister of Transport is Hon Phil Twyford.

The Associate Ministers of Transport are Hon Shane Jones and Hon Julie Anne Genter. The Acting Associate Minister of Transport is Hon James Shaw.

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As we are a Crown entity, Hon Phil Twyford’s primary relationship is with our Board (usually the Board Chair) rather than our Director.

Briefing to the incoming Associate Minister 2017[PDF: 2MB, 28 pages]

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.

Jo Brosnahan
Jo Brosnahan QSO
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Chair, Jo Brosnahan QSO

Jo is an experienced Chair and Director who is also Chair of Northpower Fibre (ultra fast broadband), Chair of Harrison Grierson Ltd, on the Auckland Museum board and Principal of Leaders for the Future. Founder and Chair of Leadership New Zealand, she is now an Advisory Trustee and she is founding Chair of the Taitokerau Education Trust in Northland, supporting digital learning in low decile schools. Her governance career has included Chair of Landcare Research, director of Housing NZ and of HLC.

Previously CEO of the Northland and Auckland Regional Councils, Jo 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 and develops and facilitates governance programmes, and 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 Authority in July 2018 and was appointed Chair in December 2018.

Danny Tuato
Danny Tuato’o
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Danny Tuato’o

Danny is a Partner with MWIS Lawyers in Whangarei and also has a background in tertiary education. He advises a wide range of clients in the areas of trust, property and Māori land law.

Danny has a particular interest in water safety and has been Chair of Water Safety New Zealand since 2015. He has significant experience as a Chairperson, Director and trustee and is currently 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 NZ Authority in August 2020.

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Denis O’Rourke
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Denis O’Rourke

Denis is Chair of Central Plains Water Trust and the sole Director and shareholder of Ignition Enterprises Limited.

He practiced law for over 30 years, and served as a Disputes Tribunal Referee and a member of the Legal Aid Review Panel. He also was a Christchurch City Councillor for 15 years and a list Member of Parliament between 2011 and 2017.

Denis’ extensive governance experience includes 11 years as a director and Chair of Transwaste Canterbury, as well as roles with Christchurch Transport, Postbank, and Christchurch International Airport, among numerous others.

Denis was appointed to the Maritime NZ Authority in May 2019.

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Roy Weaver
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Roy Weaver

Roy brings to the Board table over 20 years of experience. During his 18 years as Chief Executive, first of Port of Timaru and then of Port Taranaki, he chaired the Boards of a number of industry-related organisations as well as the New Zealand Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Now a Chartered Director, Roy’s expertise extends to 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 Management Code review team that assessed the port Safety Management System (SMS) for Lyttelton and Timaru Ports in 2015.

Roy was appointed to the Maritime NZ Authority in February 2019.

Belinda Vernon
Belinda Vernon
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Belinda Vernon

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 and a trustee of the Auckland Philharmonia Foundation.

Belinda was appointed to the Maritime NZ Authority in May 2013, and was appointed Deputy Chair in May 2017.

Related information:

Annual reports

The annual report provides an overview of MNZ’s organisational performance.
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Statement of Intent

The Statement of Intent outlines MNZ’s strategic goals and work it will undertake.
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Statement of Performance Expectations

The Statement of Performance Expectations sets out the programme of work for MNZ during the current financial year.

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