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Our People

"The people behind Spirit of Adventure Trust are the heartbeat of the organisation"

Shore-based Team

Our shore crew are comprised of individuals who bring the spirit to the Trust. From planning voyages, fundraising, marketing, hiring crew, ship logistics, planning maintenance and everything in between. Our dedicated team make it all happen behind the scenes to ensure the Spirit of Adventure is kept alive, well represented and that every voyage runs as seamlessly as possible.

Dean Lawrence
Chief Executive Officer
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Ruth Roebuck
General Manager
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Nigel Wright
Marine Manager
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Julia Bryant
Community Engagement
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Rachael Mitchell
Voyage Coordinator
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Bernie Ranford
Accountant
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Beverley Houston
Reception / Administration
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Spirit of New Zealand Sea Staff

Helping to keep Lou Fisher’s vision alive since 1972, Spirit’s professional and volunteer crew are highly valued as the representatives of the Spirit of New Zealand and the Spirit of Adventure Trust. The Spirit family has grown to include many outstanding crew members, with some winning international awards for their leadership, nautical skills and role modelling on board.

Masters

Nic Charrington
Gerard Prendeville
Stephen Bull
Laurie Stanton
Mike Foster
Georgina Micet
David Hagen
Graham Weakley
Tim Ridge


Mates

Ninja Helmling
Ben Whittington
Andrea Haines
Simon Graves
Tori Muir
Nicola Hockley
Alasdair Sime
Suzanne Trounson
Peter Renshaw
Tony Cummings
Eric Anderson


Cooks

Stephanie Bristol
Sue Shilling
Ray Phillips


Engineers

David Scott
Patrick Scelly
Donald Pederson
Tim Philips


Cadets

Tamati Munroe
Marcel de Wilde
Mikayla Hannen-Woolfe
Aner Hayam-Jonas


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Our Spirit People

Thank you to everyone who gave their time to crew with us this year. Not only in a sailing capacity, but assisting during refit and helping in a myriad of other ways. Without the generous support of these people, the ship could not go to sea to provide young New Zealanders with the opportunity to set a course for the future. The days and hours that these fabulous people give to the organisation equates to around 30,000 hours a year. What an effort!

Here is a list of our people that have helped in the last year:

  • Abbie Ionas
  • Adam Jenkin
  • Adam Nock
  • Aimee Macquet
  • Alan Williams
  • Alasdair Sime
  • Alex Eason
  • Alex McDonald
  • Alex Mitchell
  • Alex Shields
  • Alexander Newman
  • Alexandra MacDonald
  • Alexandra Ranford
  • Alfie Gillard
  • Alice Freeman
  • Alicia Bradley-Taurua
  • Amelia Scott
  • Amy Rose
  • Andrew Lawrence
  • Andrew Spekreijse
  • Andrew Symmes
  • Anette Seifert
  • Angela Hardgrave
  • Anghared Summers
  • Anna Scadden
  • Anton Smyth
  • Arthur McGregor
  • Ashleigh Laverty
  • Ashleigh Young
  • Ashley Farquharson
  • Ayla Walker
  • Barry Norgrove
  • Ben Dickson
  • Ben Ricinni
  • Benjamin Milne
  • Benjamin Strickland
  • Beth Humphrey
  • Beth Scott
  • Blake Paterson
  • Brea Sim
  • Brendon Reid
  • Brenna O'Neill
  • Briar Moffatt
  • Bruce Birnie
  • Bryn Shaw
  • Caleb Bramwell
  • Callum Ferguson
  • Cara-Lee Davey
  • Cassandra Mead
  • Catherine Bull
  • Cecilia Lundin
  • Charlotte de L'Isle
  • Charlotte Pym
  • Charlotte Walker
  • Chayla Beaver
  • Chelsee-Rose Renata
  • Cherie Fenemor
  • Christopher Budgen
  • Claire Webster
  • Claudia Karlsson
  • Clinton Anderson
  • Colin Matcham
  • Conor Morris
  • Conrad McCaffrey
  • Craig Shepherd
  • Damian Cameron
  • Daniel Shepherd
  • Darius Siljee
  • David Hagen
  • Davin Dunthorne
  • Dita Donaldson
  • Don Pedersen
  • Duncan Darroch
  • Dylan Booth
  • Dylan Oliver
  • Dylan Tavinor
  • Edward Small
  • Eileen O'Farrell
  • Ellice Protheroe
  • Emily Hart
  • Emma Doolin
  • Emma Yates
  • Fiona Smith
  • Frazer Dale
  • Gabbi McLeay
  • Gary Beckham
  • Geoffrey Geis
  • Geoffrey Mentink
  • George Hopkins
  • George Humphreys-Jerard
  • Georgia Dougherty
  • Graham Weakley
  • Grant Lemmon
  • Grant Wilson
  • H Douglas
  • Hamish Bedwell
  • Hannah Fortune
  • Hannah McGill
  • Hannah Wilson
  • Harold Gratton
  • Harriet Brankin
  • Harriette Dunphy
  • Harrison Jennings
  • Hayden Titchener
  • Hayley Fisher
  • Hayley North
  • Hazel Gatehouse
  • Heather Bosselmann
  • Heather Cruikshank
  • Hilary Comber
  • Hugo Hyndman
  • Hugo Kappes
  • Ian Horsley
  • Jack Neal
  • Jacqueline Smith
  • James Weeks
  • Janet Watkins
  • Janet Williams
  • Jasmine Cummings
  • Jefferson Lamb
  • Jeremy Rei
  • Jerome Swannack
  • Jerry Kemp
  • Jessica Barnes
  • Jessica Polo
  • Jessica Wilson
  • Jo Fogarty
  • Joanna Preston
  • Joanne Lynch
  • Joanne Snowden
  • Jock Herlihy
  • Johan Tuit
  • John Debney
  • John Lee
  • John Stringer
  • Jolene Herrick
  • Jonathan Holder
  • Jonathan McGovern
  • Jordon Sharratt
  • Joseph Greenlees
  • Joshua Aperahama
  • Joshua Cox
  • Joshua Stephens
  • Julia Johnston
  • Julie Grant
  • Julie Williamson
  • Juliet de Vries
  • Justin Crosswell
  • Karl Mooyman
  • Kate Calvert
  • Kate Fisher
  • Kate Williams
  • Katharina Gries
  • Kathy Perreau
  • Katie Collins
  • Kay McGowan
  • Keith Maydon
  • Kera-Ann Adams
  • Kim Bjarnesen
  • Kim Penny
  • Lacosta Hayward
  • Laura Claus
  • Laura Dawson
  • Laura Fastnedge
  • Laura Jackson
  • Laura Leyland
  • Laurie Stanton
  • Leeah Wilkinson
  • Lewis Holotau
  • Liam Hopkinson
  • Lila Gibbens
  • Lisa Campkin
  • Lisa Gatward
  • Llara MacGilloway
  • Madison Hamill
  • Maggie Bray
  • Man Yeung
  • Marco Seifert-Simpson
  • Marcus Ketel
  • Maree Drost
  • Margaret Pidgeon
  • Marie Everth
  • Marie Mitchell
  • Mark Dewar
  • Mark Dunn
  • Mathew Keen
  • Matt Nicoll
  • Matthew Fisher
  • Matthew Pirini
  • Matthew Shepherd
  • Matthew Smith
  • Matthew Turner
  • Megan Youngman
  • Melissa Gillingham
  • Melvyn Pearson
  • Michael Caley
  • Michael Rossouw
  • Michael Shirley
  • Michelle Tupper
  • Mikaela Hannen-Woolf
  • Mike Foster
  • Mike Newland
  • Nathanael Hart
  • Nic Sullivan
  • Nichola Salmond
  • Nicholas Blenkinsopp
  • Nicky Third
  • Nickylee Anderson
  • Nicola Hockley
  • Nicole Gibson
  • Nigel Comber
  • Oliver Johnston
  • Oliver Williamson
  • Olivia Earwaker
  • Olliver Bowen
  • Oscar Wells
  • Paige Storey
  • Paul O'Dowd
  • Paul Skerton
  • Penelope Walbran-Oakley
  • Peta Koczy
  • Peter Addison-Krippner
  • Peter Noble
  • Peter Wensley
  • Peter Wilson
  • Phil Jackson
  • Phil Snow
  • Philippa Moor
  • Phoebe Pegg
  • Que Sabmeethavorn
  • Quentin Mitchell
  • Raquel Clarke
  • Rata Kelsall
  • Rebecca Smith
  • Rebecca Welsh
  • Rebecca Wilson
  • Reghan da Silva
  • Rian Mayhead
  • Richard Muth
  • Ricky Chapman
  • Riley Coleman
  • Rimu Kelsall
  • Rob MacLean
  • Robert Barclay
  • Robert Couper
  • Robert Procter
  • Robin Grigg
  • Robin Weeks
  • Ross Kitchen
  • Ruth Monk
  • Sabine O'Neill-Stevens
  • Sam Morley
  • Samantha Johnston
  • Sarah Dyer
  • Sarah Hall
  • Sarah Vergeer
  • Sarah Williams
  • Sarah-Jane Fraser
  • Sarah-Jane Guild
  • Sarianna Crook
  • Serena Dempster
  • Shanna Verhoef
  • Shaun Lawrence
  • Sheila Budgen
  • Simon Graves
  • Simon Hulse
  • Simon Paton
  • Simon Roughton
  • Soraya Haynes
  • Stave Hill
  • Stephen Keith
  • Stephen Kinnings
  • Susan Axcell
  • Susan Middleton-Stokes
  • Susan Thomson
  • Susana Carryer
  • Suzanne Trounson
  • Thanatira Sabmeethavorn
  • Thomas Fietzko
  • Thomas Hall
  • Thomas Warming-Smith
  • Tim Bright
  • Tim Phillips
  • Timothy Ridge
  • Todd Wheeler
  • Tony Cummings
  • Tony Miller
  • Trevor Rodgers
  • Vanessa Robinson
  • Vanessa Simpson
  • Victoria Jolliffe
  • Victoria Muir
  • Wade Staples
  • Warwick Bayne
  • William Watt
  • Yvette Ridley
  • Yvonne Dempster
  • Zac Ellett

Port Contacts

Our Spirit people are from all over New Zealand. These amazing people give us their precious time and support as Spirit of New Zealand travels around the New Zealand coast visiting different ports along the way.

Tauranga Ian Strang

Gisborne Peter Rasmussen and Heidi Parkes

New Plymouth Ray Eggar

Wellington Grant Nalder

Picton Tony Cooper

Nelson Sheila Budgen

Lyttelton Andrew Moore

Dunedin Tony Cummings

Bluff Tom Sawyer

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