Our people and structure

We have about 330 staff, including our Director and senior managers. Get a snapshot of our people, the work they do and our organisation’s structure.

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Our staff are located in our 10 regional offices, our Wellington head office, at our Marine Pollution Response Centre in Auckland and our Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand in Lower Hutt.

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See some of our people around the regions at work and play

Our Director and Chief Executive Officer

Kirstie Hewlett

Kirstie Hewlett

Kirstie Hewlett has the dual role of Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She is accountable to the Board of Directors.

As CEO, Kirstie is also the senior manager responsible for the day-to-day running of Maritime New Zealand.

Kirstie joined Maritime New Zealand in May 2021.

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Senior management team

The five Deputy Directors and two Deputy Chief Executives reporting to Kirstie Hewlett each have a specific functional responsibility.

Sharyn Forsyth

Deputy Director, Engagement, Communication and Coordination


  • Managing relationships with industry and government agencies
  • External education and communication
  • Internal communications and coordination (including leading recreational boating and working with the Port and Harbour Marine Safety Code Secretariat)
  • America‚Äôs Cup

Peter Brunt

Deputy Director, Regulatory Systems Design


  • International engagement and coordination
  • Domestic policy design
  • Operational policy and guidance
  • Legal services

Deb Despard

Deputy Director, Compliance Systems Delivery


  • Assisted compliance
  • Entry control (certification)
  • Safety and environmental monitoring, auditing and inspecting
  • Investigating and enforcing maritime safety and environmental protection systems

Nigel Clifford

Deputy Director, Safety and Response Systems


  • Maritime Incident Readiness and Response
  • Search and Rescue Coordination Services
  • Navigation Safety Systems - Aids to Navigation and Maritime Distress and Safety Communications
  • Marine Pollution Response Services
  • Maritime Security Services
  • Pacific Maritime Safety Programme

Andrew Saunderson

Deputy Chief Executive, Organisational Strategy and Systems


  • Strategy, Planning and Governance
  • Research and Ministerial Services
  • Maritime Intelligence
  • Finance, Property and Procurement
  • Information Services and Delivery

Kenny Crawford

Deputy Director, Maritime Systems Assurance


  • Maritime systems advice and assurance
  • Maritime and environmental technical advice and support

Anne Greenwood

Deputy Chief Executive, People Capability

  • Recruitment and induction
  • Career development, learning and development, performance planning and review
  • Change management
  • Organisational culture and engagement
  • Organisational HSW system operation and reporting
  • Industrial and employment relations
  • Payroll
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