Fiordland Marine Guardians appointed

Date:  19 November 2018

The appointment of two new Fiordland Marine Guardians has been announced today, along with one re-appointment.

The Fiordland Marine Guardians is an advisory group established under the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Management Act 2005. The group is responsible for advising central and local government agencies on the integrated management of the Fiordland Marine Area.  Guardians are appointed by the Minister for the Environment.

“The Fiordland area is an iconic and special part of New Zealand’s environment, and its World Heritage Site status is well deserved.  This makes the work of the Fiordland Marine Guardians extremely important,” says Vicky Robertson, Secretary for the Environment.FMG

The two new appointments to the Guardians are Peter Young and Alison Timms, who will replace Dr Ken Grange and Anne McDermott.  Dr Kerri-Anne Edge Hill has been re-appointed.

“I would like to thank both Dr Ken Grange and Anne McDermott for the work they have done in their combined 25 years as Guardians. Dr Ken Grange’s technical expertise has been invaluable and Anne McDermott’s work on the communications plan has been highly beneficial in supporting the group’s engagement with other parties.”

“The newly appointed Guardians also have much to offer.  Peter Young was instrumental in the development of the Fiordland strategy prior to the establishment of the Marine Act, and has remained actively involved since. Alison Timms is actively involved in the local community and has extensive expertise relevant for upcoming areas of work such as the coastal plan change.”

“Dr Edge Hill has served as a Guardian since 2015, bringing a science and conservation perspective and her continued contribution is appreciated.”

The full group of Fiordland Marine Guardians is:

  • Rebecca McLeod (Chairperson)
  • Stewart Bull
  • Jonathan Clow
  • Kerri-Anne Edge Hill
  • Jerry Excell
  • Mark Peychers
  • Peter Young
  • Alison Timms

For further information about the Fiordland Marine Guardians or to contact them directly visit

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For more information contact:

Laurie Edwards, Ministry for the Environment, 027 447 0255