OUR
TEAM

Our small but mighty team brings a range of ocean experience both on and off the water.

PETER BURLING

FOUNDER

Peter is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished sailors, a champion across all yachting genres and on a mission to champion the restoration and protection of the ocean.

Peter’s list of sailing achievements spans Olympic gold and two silver medals, nine World Championship titles (six in the 49er class) and two winning America’s Cup campaigns. He says there wasn’t a ‘single moment’ when he realised he had to do something for the health of the ocean but it was more of a growing consciousness. This was fuelled by the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race. He firmly believes in the ability for New Zealanders to be world leaders in this space.

A member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Peter has also twice been crowned World Sailor of the Year. A cool and unruffled helmsman he demonstrates an innate understanding of wind and sea. Peter continues to strive for perfection on the racecourse, through Olympic and America’s Cup campaigns and now with SailGP, the global series raced in F50 catamarans.

Along with sailing partner Blair Tuke, he’s begun a new challenge as co-CEO of the New Zealand SailGP team. With this, he has melded his passion for sailing with his determination to help safeguard the oceans and raise awareness of their importance to the health of the planet, through Live Ocean.

BLAIR TUKE

FOUNDER

Blair’s love of the ocean has driven both his remarkable sailing career and his environmental mission to preserve it for future generations.

With six 49er World Championship titles to his name, Olympic gold and two silver medals, Blair has never been afraid to step out of a 49er skiff and into new and challenging sailing environments.​​

He’s sailed around the globe, finishing second in a down-to-the-wire finish in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race on MAPFRE. And he’s twice won the America’s Cup, as the flight controller on Emirates Team New Zealand’s revolutionary foiling catamaran in Bermuda in 2017 and defending the Cup on home waters in New Zealand in 2021.

In 2021 he has taken a new tack, leading the New Zealand team as joint CEO with long time sailing partner Peter Burling in SailGP, the global league raced in F50 catamarans. They have also won another silver medal for Aotearoa at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. A Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and World Sailor of the Year, Blair is also committed to the ocean conservation charity Live Ocean he’s founded with Peter.

As a keen freediver and surfer, Blair has always put the ocean first. He’s only too well aware how much it has given him and understands the importance of protecting and restoring the ocean for future generations.

SALLY PATERSON

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Sally is Live Ocean’s founding Chief Executive and she has navigated the organisation through the development stages, working closely with the founders. Her passion and interest in the for-purpose and philanthropic sector has been honed over the past decade after a background in communications. She has worked for a range of organisations including Blake, where she saw the power of sports people to make a significant contribution to the awareness of  environmental issues. 

Her interest in the sector was further enhanced in 2017 by her studies Australian School of Non-profit and Philanthropic Studies (ACPNS) where she earned a grade of distinction for her Graduate Certificate in Business (Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies). Prior to this, she provided media relations advice to wide-ranging corporate, consumer and not-for-profit clients over 15 years. Sally is also a trustee for The Duncan Foundation. 

Over summer Sally can often be found on Rakino Island in the Hauraki Gulf, where her family enjoy their time living off the grid, with lots of ocean adventures, good reading and amazing views. 

ANDREW JUDGE

PROGRAMMES

Andrew has worked with non-profits since 2005, most recently joining Live Ocean in the role of Capacity Development & Programme Director. He was COO and then CEO of SurfAid International from 2007 to 2019, during which time they delivered major emergency responses in Padang and the Mentawai, Indonesia.

Andrew lead SurfAid through significant program expansion, gained accreditation and grants with NZ and Australian government aid agencies and established SurfAid’s private fundraising model.

Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from Columbia University (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), and he undertook postgraduate studies at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Studies in 2006.

A keen diver, Andrew is always seeking out saltwater redemption. He has most recently been inspired by the resurgence of life in the marine reserve of Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

ELAINE HARRIS

OUTREACH

Exploring the connection between people, land and sea has played a pivotal role throughout Elaine’s career. Working with organisations such as Environment Canterbury and FarmIQ, Elaine executed a variety of successful marketing campaigns and outreach programmes, designed to educate, and evoke positive action.

Her marketing and environmental management background inspired Elaine to utilise her skills for the ocean and transition to the non-profit sector.

Raised on tales of her dad’s sailing adventures, Elaine jumped aboard a 420 at her first possible opportunity. With a special knack for capsizing and spending more time ‘in’ the water than ‘on’ it, she eventually traded the boat for a pair of fins. Now a trained scuba instructor, she can often be found exploring the bays around the Hauraki Gulf and Wellington Harbour.

RUBY DREIFUSS

PARENTAL LEAVE

Working with local and international brands on a global scale has always been at the heart of what Ruby does. Her experience spans marketing, project management, content creation, sales and operations across the retail, telecommunications and FMCG industries.

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland, Ruby held positions at OMD and Y&R working on a number of award-winning advertising campaigns. Ruby’s move to the non-profit sector reflects her desire to use her abilities in a purpose-led organisation.

Growing up at Wainui Beach, the Pacific Ocean was Ruby’s backyard and continues to be her happy place today. You can often find her out on the Hauraki Gulf or taking her dog to one of Auckland’s many beaches. Ruby is passionate about ensuring the ocean, which she has often taken for granted, is there for future generations to enjoy just as she has.

PETER BURLING

FOUNDER

Peter is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished sailors, a champion across all yachting genres and on a mission to champion the restoration and protection of the ocean.

Read more

Peter’s list of sailing achievements spans Olympic gold and two silver medals, nine World Championship titles (six in the 49er class) and two winning America’s Cup campaigns. He says there wasn’t a ‘single moment’ when he realised he had to do something for the health of the ocean but it was more of a growing consciousness. This was fuelled by the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race. He firmly believes in the ability for New Zealanders to be world leaders in this space.

A member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Peter has also twice been crowned World Sailor of the Year. A cool and unruffled helmsman he demonstrates an innate understanding of wind and sea. Peter continues to strive for perfection on the racecourse, through Olympic and America’s Cup campaigns and now with SailGP, the global series raced in F50 catamarans.

Along with sailing partner Blair Tuke, he’s begun a new challenge as co-CEO of the New Zealand SailGP team. With this, he has melded his passion for sailing with his determination to help safeguard the oceans and raise awareness of their importance to the health of the planet, through Live Ocean.

BLAIR TUKE

FOUNDER

Blair’s love of the ocean has driven both his remarkable sailing career and his environmental mission to preserve it for future generations.

Read more

With six 49er World Championship titles to his name, Olympic gold and two silver medals, Blair has never been afraid to step out of a 49er skiff and into new and challenging sailing environments.​​

He’s sailed around the globe, finishing second in a down-to-the-wire finish in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race on MAPFRE. And he’s twice won the America’s Cup, as the flight controller on Emirates Team New Zealand’s revolutionary foiling catamaran in Bermuda in 2017 and defending the Cup on home waters in New Zealand in 2021.

In 2021 he has taken a new tack, leading the New Zealand team as joint CEO with long time sailing partner Peter Burling in SailGP, the global league raced in F50 catamarans. They have also won another silver medal for Aotearoa at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. A Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and World Sailor of the Year, Blair is also committed to the ocean conservation charity Live Ocean he’s founded with Peter.

As a keen freediver and surfer, Blair has always put the ocean first. He’s only too well aware how much it has given him and understands the importance of protecting and restoring the ocean for future generations.

SALLY PATERSON

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Sally is Live Ocean’s founding Chief Executive and she has navigated the organisation through the development stages, working closely with the founders. Her passion and interest in the for-purpose and philanthropic sector has been honed over the past decade after a background in communications. She has worked for a range of organisations including Blake, where she saw the power of sports people to make a significant contribution to the awareness of  environmental issues. 

Read more

Her interest in the sector was further enhanced in 2017 by her studies Australian School of Non-profit and Philanthropic Studies (ACPNS) where she earned a grade of distinction for her Graduate Certificate in Business (Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies). Prior to this, she provided media relations advice to wide-ranging corporate, consumer and not-for-profit clients over 15 years. Sally is also a trustee for The Duncan Foundation. 

Over summer Sally can often be found on Rakino Island in the Hauraki Gulf, where her family enjoy their time living off the grid, with lots of ocean adventures, good reading and amazing views. 

ANDREW JUDGE

PROGRAMMES

Andrew has worked with non-profits since 2005, most recently joining Live Ocean in the role of Capacity Development & Programme Director. He was COO and then CEO of SurfAid International from 2007 to 2019, during which time they delivered major emergency responses in Padang and the Mentawai, Indonesia. 

Read more

Andrew lead SurfAid through significant program expansion, gained accreditation and grants with NZ and Australian government aid agencies and established SurfAid’s private fundraising model.

Andrew holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from Columbia University (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), and he undertook postgraduate studies at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Studies in 2006.

A keen diver, Andrew is always seeking out saltwater redemption. He has most recently been inspired by the resurgence of life in the marine reserve of Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

ELAINE HARRIS

OUTREACH

Exploring the connection between people, land and sea has played a pivotal role throughout Elaine’s career. Working with organisations such as Environment Canterbury and FarmIQ, Elaine executed a variety of successful marketing campaigns and outreach programmes, designed to educate, and evoke positive action.

Read more

Her marketing and environmental management background inspired Elaine to utilise her skills for the ocean and transition to the non-profit sector.

Raised on tales of her dad’s sailing adventures, Elaine jumped aboard a 420 at her first possible opportunity. With a special knack for capsizing and spending more time ‘in’ the water than ‘on’ it, she eventually traded the boat for a pair of fins. Now a trained scuba instructor, she can often be found exploring the bays around the Hauraki Gulf and Wellington Harbour.

RUBY DREIFUSS

PARENTAL LEAVE

Working with local and international brands on a global scale has always been at the heart of what Ruby does. Her experience spans marketing, project management, content creation, sales and operations across the retail, telecommunications and FMCG industries.

Read more

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland, Ruby held positions at OMD and Y&R working on a number of award-winning advertising campaigns. Ruby’s move to the non-profit sector reflects her desire to use her abilities in a purpose led organisation.

Growing up at Wainui Beach, the Pacific Ocean was Ruby’s backyard and continues to be her happy place today. You can often find her out on the Hauraki Gulf or taking her dog to one of Auckland’s many beaches. Ruby is passionate about ensuring the ocean, which she has often taken for granted, is there for future generations to enjoy just as she has.

Our Advisors

Our advisors are an invaluable resource for Live Ocean, providing decades worth of specialist knowledge, passion and insights.

Rochelle Constantine

ROCHELLE CONSTANTINE

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND

Dr. Rochelle Constantine is an accomplished biologist, an inspirational lecturer, and a relentless champion for the marine environment. She has led high-profile marine research voyages, achieved feats considered “unimaginable” in conservation science and is credited with inspiring and mentoring the next wave of New Zealand marine scientists through her position with the University of Auckland’s School of Biological Sciences and Institute of Marine Science.

Rochelle’s dedication to preserving New Zealand’s marine biodiversity has produced an impressive and influential body of research which has made a tangible difference. She is currently working on Maui63, a cutting edge, AI-powered tracking drone which autonomously finds, follows, and uniquely identifies Māui and Hector’s dolphins.

Tom Trnski

TOM TRNSKI

HEAD OF NATURAL SCIENCES AT AUCKLAND MUSEUM

Dr Tom Trnski is Head of Natural Sciences at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum. He leads the development, documentation, research and public access of the museum’s natural science collections.

Tom has been surveying the marine biodiversity of the South Pacific Ocean for over 30 years. He is a world authority on the development and ecology of the larval stage of marine fishes. His interests extend from biogeography of the South Pacific region, dispersal and connectivity of marine populations, and the benefits of marine reserves to sustain marine communities. He has written several books and numerous scientific papers on these research interests.

Tom is Co-Director of Te Mana o Rangitāhua, an iwi-led research programme that will interweave indigenous knowledge and ecosystem modelling, creating management tools. This programme will help to move from sustainability to thrivability of the ocean around Rangitāhua/ the Kermadec Islands, with authority led by mana whenua Ngāti Kuri.

Rochelle Constantine

ROCHELLE CONSTANTINE

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND

Dr. Rochelle Constantine is an accomplished biologist, an inspirational lecturer, and a relentless champion for the marine environment. She has led high-profile marine research voyages, achieved feats considered “unimaginable” in conservation science and is credited with inspiring and mentoring the next wave of New Zealand marine scientists through her position with the University of Auckland’s School of Biological Sciences and Institute of Marine Science.

Read more

Rochelle’s dedication to preserving New Zealand’s marine biodiversity has produced an impressive and influential body of research which has made a tangible difference. She is currently working on Maui63, a cutting edge, AI-powered tracking drone which autonomously finds, follows, and uniquely identifies Māui and Hector’s dolphins.

Tom Trnski

TOM TRNSKI

HEAD OF NATURAL SCIENCES AT AUCKLAND MUSEUM

Dr Tom Trnski is Head of Natural Sciences at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum. He leads the development, documentation, research and public access of the museum’s natural science collections.

Read more

Tom has been surveying the marine biodiversity of the South Pacific Ocean for over 30 years. He is a world authority on the development and ecology of the larval stage of marine fishes. His interests extend from biogeography of the South Pacific region, dispersal and connectivity of marine populations, and the benefits of marine reserves to sustain marine communities. He has written several books and numerous scientific papers on these research interests.

Tom is Co-Director of Te Mana o Rangitāhua, an iwi-led research programme that will interweave indigenous knowledge and ecosystem modelling, creating management tools. This programme will help to move from sustainability to thrivability of the ocean around Rangitāhua/ the Kermadec Islands, with authority led by mana whenua Ngāti Kuri.

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