Our People

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BioHeritage is supported and managed by a team of people dedicated to creating real solutions that protect Aotearoa New Zealand’s biological heritage. We facilitate research and related activities in the most holistic and effective way, in order to create transformational change.

The BioHeritage team is made up of people from universities, other research institutes, government organisations, iwi/hapū/whānau, industry and local communities.

Challenge Leaders

Our captains at the helm, our leaders guide everyday activities within BioHeritage.

Mana Rangatira

In 2019 our Governance Group and Kāhui Māori joined forces to become Mana Rangatira. They provide the big-picture strategic direction for BioHeritage.


Our Director and Kaihautū Ngātahi are the driving forces behind our work.

Executive Leadership Group

Our ELG guide and assist the Challenge investments on a day-to-day basis.

Support Team

The engine room of BioHeritage, not much would get done without our Support Team.

Contract Management and Communications

The engine room of BioHeritage, not much would get done without our Management Team.

Knowledge Brokers

‘The social ones’ – our Knowledge Brokers are responsible for keeping people connected both among Challenge researchers and with our stakeholders.

Challenge Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors aren’t involved with BioHeritage on a regular basis, but they’re out there championing our cause and helping us achieve our mission.

Ngā Pī Ka Rere

The future of our science system, and our country, depends on those who come after us. That’s why BioHeritage is investing in the next generation. Ngā Pī Ka Rere early careers network was established in 2019 to ensure our early career professionals have all the support they need to flourish in their chosen careers.

International Science Advisory Panel

Our ISAP keep us in touch with what’s happening at a global scale, review our science and connect our teams with others doing similar work overseas.

Melanie Mark-Shadbolt

Kaihautū Ngātahi – Co-Director Māori
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Daniel Patrick

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Aaron McGlinchy

Operations Manager
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Dr Duane Peltzer

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research
Chief Scientist
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Erina Watene

Pou Pūtaiao (Chief Scientist - Māori)
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Beccy Ganley

Plant and Food Research
Ngā Rākau Taketake Science Leader
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Nick Waipara

Plant and Food Research
Ngā Rākau Taketake Science Leadership, Māori advisor
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Helen Warburton

University of Canterbury
Resident Scientist and Ngā Pī Ka Rere Co-Lead
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Aroha Mead

Mātauranga Māori and Wai262 Advisor
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