Our Advisory Board members provide RWE with recommendations, advice, and feedback as to how we are serving our participants, industry, Palmerston North, and more widely New Zealand. Our members have diverse backgrounds, and are from various parts of the community so that a variety of viewpoints are represented.
The esteemed members of our Advisory Board are:
Dr Zulfiqar Butt
Dr Zulfiqar Butt is a Palmerston North City Councilor. He holds the Council
portfolios for Education and Students, the Inner City/CBD, and People and
Community. Given that he earned a PhD in Natural Resource Management from
Massey University studying emissions and removals of greenhouse gases at an
institutional level, it makes sense that he is the lead spokesperson for
the Council on climate change. He sits on numerous Council committees
including the Community Development Committee, the Economic Development
Committee, the Infrastructure Committee, the Manawatū District/Palmerston
North City Joint Strategic Planning Committee, the Planning and Strategy
Committee, the Play, Recreation and Sport Committee, among others. He is
Deputy Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Committee. Outside of
Council, he has significant roles in Local Government New Zealand, the
Manawatū Multicultural Centre, the Wastewater Project Steering Group, and
the Manawatū Muslim Association. He is the Ex Vice President of Federation
of the Islamic Associations of New Zealand and have been involved with
Palmerston North Interfaith Group.
Dr Lovedeep Kaur
Dr Lovedeep Kaur is a Senior Research Officer in the School of Food and
Advanced Technology at Massey University, and is currently leading an
internationally recognised research programme focussed on meat microstructure,
processing and in vitro digestion. In line with her research focus on
development of novel protein structures with improved digestibility using novel
processing technologies, she has developed laboratory models to mimic gastric
and small intestine digestion of various foods. She has also been working on
understanding the synergistic interactions of kiwifruit with food proteins.
During her 19 years of research career, she has produced about 100 publications
including two edited books, review articles, research papers, book chapters and
conference proceedings. She has also been working closely with the New Zealand
and global food industry.
Dr Heather E. Meikle
Dr Heather E. Meikle earned a PhD in Animal Science from Massey University. She
is currently the Assistant Head of Science and TIC Biology at Palmerston North
Girls' High School where she is also in charge of the Gifted and Talented
Programme (Extension), and coordinator of the PNGHS Enviro/Sustainability
group, Pūhoro programme and of CREST (Creativity in Science and Technology).
She was a Team Leader for the NZIBO team to the 2019 International Biology
Olympiad in Szeged, Hungary, and is the Secretary for the New Zealand
International Biology Olympiad (NZIBO), and is the NZIBO representative on the
ScienceOlympiaNZ committee. Long-term member of the Manawatu Science and
Technology Fair executive committee, she has served as Convenor. She is a
member of the council for the RSNZ Manawatu Branch. Heather is also a keen
gardener, an avid reader and a National Radio listener.
Dr Vince Neall
Dr Vince Neall is an Emeritus Professor of Earth Science at Massey University.
His principle research has focussed on the volcanic history of Mt. Egmont/Mt.
Taranaki and Mt. Ruapehu. Other research projects have taken him to Antarctica
for three summer seasons, to Tavenui in Fiji, to Lopevi in Vanuatu, to West New
Britain in Papua New Guinea, and to the Cascade Ranges in the US as a Fulbright
Scholar to study volcanic soils and hazards. Vince is a Companion of the Royal
Society of New Zealand, a Fellow of both the New Zealand Soil Science Society
and the Geological Society of America, and a past member of the International
Program Committee for the Millennium Science Initiative in Chile. Vince
recently edited Plains’ Science 3, a book about Manawatu science discoveries,
innovations, and inventions.
Margaret Rollinson is a retired pharmacist. She holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy, a
Post Graduate Diploma in Pharmacy Practice and a Trinity College TESOL
Certificate. She has a wide range of experience working with people of various
cultures. She has extensive experience teaching English as a second language.
She lives in a very diverse neighborhood, and enjoys interacting with her
neighbours from around the world including China, Pakistan, India and
elsewhere. She is a grandmother. She is actively involved in Christian
organisations. She is an Agapanthus Housing Trust committee member and works
as a volunteer at Just Zilch.
We would like to thank previous members of our Advisory Board:
Jaime Court Advisory Board Member 2019-2020
Listing below is from time of Jaime's service on the Advisory Board.
During her career, Jaime Court has used her background in psychology and
education in a variety of educational situations. As an Adult Education
Community Co-ordinator, she developed and delivered programmes as part of a
Rural Education Activities Programme. As a Learning Support Coordinator, Jaime
provided career advice and learning support for students transitioning from
secondary to tertiary studies. As a manager for those same programmes, she
developed and delivered programmes as well as managing other staff delivering
multiple programmes over four delivery sites. Jaime is currently the Curiosity
Manager at Te Manawa where her role includes managing the learning activities
and teams to help the museum meet Ministry of Education targets focussed on
Art, Science, History, and Technology.
Margie Dennis Advisory Board Member 2019-2020
Listing below is from time of Margie's service on the Advisory Board.
Margie’s career in pastoral care has led to her travelling widely in
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Afghanistan where her work has supported
many people in that area of the world as well as in New Zealand. While working
at Kinnaird College for Women in Lahore, Pakistan, Margie interacted with
hundreds of young women undertaking tertiary studies. Margie was Personnel
Secretary for BMMF, an international agency preparing people for work in Asia
and the Middle East. She continued similar work with International Assistance
Mission based in Kabul where she lived and travelled widely in Afghanistan and
Pakistan supporting 150 people from 17 countries. Through the years Margie has
also supported many immigrants and refugees settling in New Zealand. In 2017
she was instrumental in establishing the Agapanthus Housing Trust which helps
refugees in Palmerston North integrate into life in New Zealand in part by
providing safe, warm housing.
Dr Rachel Keedwell Advisory Board Member 2019-2021
Listing below is from time of Rachel's service on the Advisory Board.
Dr Rachel Keedwell has been a Horizons Regional Councillor for Palmerston
North since 2013, and will be serving her third term after receiving the
highest number of votes in the past election. She has also been voted chair by
the currently elected councillors. From her first term, Rachel has been the
chair of the Passenger Transport Committee, and has enhanced bus service in
Palmerston North including the installation of bike racks on all city buses.
Among her other achievements while serving on HRC, Rachel has increased the
biodiversity budget allocated in each of the annual plan processes, has gotten
council to develop terms of reference around developing a climate change
strategy, and has provided a consistently strong voice for the issues of water
quality, biodiversity, active transport and sustainability. She is also a very
active volunteer as a core member of the Ahimate Reserve Community, treasurer
for Matariki Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten, and as a member of the cycling
advocacy group People on Bikes Forum.
Tangi Utikere Advisory Board Member 2019-2020
Update from the below: Tangi was elected to the New Zealand Parliament in 2020.
Listing below is from time of Tangi's service on the Advisory Board.
Tangi Utikere is in his fourth term as a city councillor after receiving the
highest number of votes in the last election, and is in his second term as
Deputy Mayor. Tangi chairs the city’s Economic Development and Hearings
Committees along with the Chief Executive’s Performance Review Panel. He also
holds appointments to outside organisations including the Horizons Regional
Council Land Transport Committee (Alternate), and Local Government New Zealand
Zone 3. He has a professional background in Education, currently chairs a
local secondary school Board of Trustees, and sits as a Member of the NZ
Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal. Tangi also serves as a Justice of the Peace,
and recently finished his two year term as President of the Central Districts
Justices of the Peace Association.