Raewyn Peart MNZM
BSocSc (Waikato), BCom (Otago), LLB (Otago), MCom (Natal)
As Policy Director, Raewyn currently heads EDS’s environmental policy think-tank group. She has over 20 years professional experience in environmental law and policy having worked as a resource management lawyer and policy adviser to business, government and the not-for-profit sector.
For the past decade, Raewyn’s work has focused on landscape protection, coastal development and marine management in New Zealand. She has written numerous papers, research reports and guidance material on these issues. Raewyn has published major books on coastal development (Castles in the Sand: What’s happening to the New Zealand coast?), marine mammal protection (Dolphins of Aotearoa: Living with dolphins in New Zealand - which was shortlisted for the New Zealand Royal Society Science Book Prize) and environmental change in the Hauraki Gulf marine area (The Story of the Hauraki Gulf). She was a member of the collaborative Stakeholder Working Group which successfully prepared the first marine spatial plan in New Zealand for the Hauraki Gulf.
Raewyn recently released a book on fisheries management (Voices from the Sea: Managing New Zealand’s Fisheries) and is leading EDS’s projects on Resource Management Law Reform and Landscape Protection.
Raewyn was co-winner of the 2013 Resource Management Law Association Publications Award, recipient of the 2016 Holdaway Award for leadership in and around the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and the 2017 Wyland Foundation Dive New Zealand Magazine Recognition Award. In 2019 she was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to environmental and conservation policy. Raewyn is a keen sailor, snorkeller, snowboarder and photographer.