We are Indigenous people of the pacific whose lives are impacted daily socially, culturally and economically by the Pacific Ocean.

 

Our drive is to provide solutions that stem from a traditional grass roots understanding of our oceans to then provide real actions that impact and deliver results that make a positive change from now and into the future.

 

As people of the pacific we will support any way we can initiatives that deliver on these objectives.


 

stanTRUSTEE Chairman/ CEO - STAN WOLFGRAMM 
Is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts and the Pacific Community.
Stan is the founder, Director and Executive producer of Drum Productions, which specialises in bringing mainstream and pacific stories to New Zealand and international audiences through film, television and theatrical events.

A few highlights include; for 17 years Mr Wolfgramm produced and directed the Style Pasifika NZ Fashion Awards from humble community beginnings to be the worlds largest indigenous fashion event. It culminated as one of only four national events selected to showcase New Zealand during the 2011 Rugby World Cup finals week. The event has launched many careers for pacific people in production, fashion, music, theatre, dance and television. 
He created and led six seasons and 205 episodes of the mainstream television show ‘Pacific Beat St’ from 2004 to 2010, New Zealand’s first pacific youth series targeting 15 to 25 year olds exploring and presenting a pacific perspective on the latest styles of fashion, music, sport and technology. 

He also produced and artistic directed the opening of the inaugural pacific galleries at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the opening event of the twelve thousand seat Vector Arena and the openings of the 34th and 42nd Pacific Islands Leaders Forums hosted by New Zealand. 

He was instrumental in staging Film Raro a challenge to film makers around the world to capacity build indigenous digital storytelling and promote the Cook Islands globally. To make short films using local people behind the scenes culminating in seven films being made by teams from six nations and crewed by locals. These films now showing in film festivals around the world. 

Mr Wolfgramm was also tasked by Auckland City to restructure and produce the annual Pasifika Festival the worlds largest Pacific Festival. 

Stan's love of the ocean began many years ago working as a qualified CMAS scuba instructor introducing many to the wonders of the ocean.


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TRUSTEE Treasurer/ CFO -  ROB GRANT

From starting out as a builder in my early 20’s to the hustle of corporate life with over 100 employees in my 40’s it was time for a change so we sold up and moved on.

 

I came to Rarotonga in 2003 with my wife and family to experience the Pacific way of life.

The first couple of years were very busy as we built and operated a very successful boutique resort business.

 

Getting involved with the local community you get to sit around and talk and listen. The talk aways goes back to how it was in the past.

 

One of the points raised was the way in which fish stocks had drastically dropped off around Rarotonga. Old people ask where have the fish gone?

 

This led to looking at the overall picture of the Cook Islands and how they protected or lack of protected (being applied to the EEZ of) the Cook Islands territorial waters.

 

I became passionate about the needs that seemed at the time so easy to achieve via marine park protection.

 

Continually driving the cause of marine park protection is the challenge I have set myself. No one has really succeeded in pulling together a huge tribe of like minded individuals to make real change in the Pacific.

 

Save Our Oceans is the beginning.


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TRUSTEE Business Development NAN HAUSER

is the President and Director of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation. Her home base is in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, where she is the Principal Investigator for the Cook Islands Whale Research Project and Director of the Cook Islands Whale & Wildlife Centre. 

Nan’s research includes population identity, Photo ID, acoustics, genetics, surface & underwater behaviour, navigation and migration of cetaceans. Her satellite tag work includes results on how whales migrate over long distances using linear constant course segments.

For almost a decade she was involved with the Ocean Alliance’s cetacean research expeditions aboard the R/V Odyssey. As Founder and Director of the New England Dolphin Outreach Project she has taught on a global level for the Dolphin Research Center, Whale Conservation Institute and many other non-profit organizations. As a Registered Nurse, she teaches and practices medicine on the outer islands of the Cooks. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Ajubatus Foundation in South Africa and has been awarded an International title of “Earth Ambassador”.

Her field research includes the Cook Islands and the Bahamas studying beaked whales, dolphins and other cetaceans, Nan serves on the Executive Committee, as a scientific contributor and as Secretariat of the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium. She was a key player in the creation of a 2 million square kilometer whale sanctuary in the E.E.Z. of the Cook Islands and currently serves as a Trustee for the Cook Islands Marine Park. Nan has been the subject of many Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Smithsonian films. She also holds a US Coastguard 100 tonne Captain’s license.

 


seanTRUSTEE Secretary / COO - SEAN ROTA  

Sean is a NZ born Cook Islander with a strong connection back to the islands promoting development through investment and sponsorship.

 

He is the Principal of the Amuri Group an experienced advisor and consultant with over 17 years experience in the public sector and 10 years in property investment.

 

Sean has a wide breadth of experience having fulfilled roles as Senior Private Secretary to the Speaker of the House, Director of Inter-Parliamentary Relations to consulting roles as diverse as Acting Secretary of the Namibian Medical Association, Project Manager for the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science & Innovation, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, and Director of NZ 2011 for the Rugby World Cup, global product sales and development for Waiwera water and alcohol amongst others. Extensive FMCG export development.

 

He provides strategic advice for the executive team. His core expertise will be around political policy process for cultural policies to be developed, knowledge of NZ and CI govt practice, international trade practice and policies. International market and investment development.


kevinTRUSTEE ExecutiveKEVIN IRO 
As the driving force behind the Cook Islands Marine Park, rugby league player Kevin Iro envisions a place managed by all who depend on it.
At first glance, Kevin Iro seems a somewhat unlikely ocean champion.

 

Raised in Auckland, Iro had a successful career in rugby, playing for clubs in England, Australia and New Zealand. But off the rugby field, Iro developed a strong passion for the ocean starting as a young boy, when his family began visiting relatives in the Cook Islands on school holidays. He immediately fell in love with the islands’ blue lagoons and stunning beaches.

 

Now, he is the brainchild behind the creation of one of the largest marine protected areas in the Pacific, which has raised the bar for marine conservation efforts across the globe.

 

He realized that climate change, coastal development and other factors were causing corals to bleach and fish populations to plummet.

 

The idea for the creation of a new marine protected area was born out of conversations Iro had with friends — particularly Robin Grant, a hotel owner who suggested using the power of the Internet to get people involved in the park design process. They envisioned a park in which all Cook Islanders — even those living abroad — could have a say in how local marine resources are managed. While some parts of the park would be left completely untouched, others would be zoned for economic activities like sustainable fishing and dive tourism.

 

In 2010, Iro proposed the idea for the Cook Islands Marine Park to the local government; which was announced in 2011 and launched in 2012. The park covers 1 million square kilometers — half of the Cook Islands' waters. 

 

"The park has already started to impact the people, with the local leaders seeing it as a way to voice their opinions on how our ocean resources are being managed," Iro says.

 

Iro is excited to see the Cook Islands Marine Park move forward, and is optimistic about its future — not only for the expected conservation and tourism benefits, but also for the precedent it sets for other countries. "I think the idea is going to spread through the Pacific."


TRUSTEE Executive - Carsten Buschkühle

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Born in Germany and now living part time there and in New Zealand.

Carsten grew up in the grocery business to eventually operate a small chain of stores in Germany. Over the last 5 years he has diversified to develop various new businesses acting as an angel investor mostly in the aquaculture and tourism sectors.

He has invested to own the German company Nemo100 developing and building small submarines specifically for the tourism industry.

"Most important for us is to educate as many people as possible of the beauty and importance of our Oceans and how we can all help to keep them safe and sound. This goal is easier to achieve if people have a better understanding and this is where the submarines can massively help. Another significant contribution by the subs to Ocean education is via research." says Carsten.

Carsten is also a partner at BIOTA which is a sustainable hatchery in PALAU.

"Save Our Oceans is a great organisation introduced to me in July 2015 after visiting the beautiful Island of Rarotonga in the South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands. Here I met its core team of very engaged people. I instantly new I wanted to support there efforts and make things happen!"

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