Samara Nicholas

Samara established the Experiencing Marine Reserves programme in 2001 and is an original trustee of the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust. As programme director for the trust and national coordinator, she has the responsibility for the overall management of the EMR programme; liaison with the national team of coordinators, funders and partners; milestone and financial reporting. In 2005, Samara received a Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award as one of New Zealand 's Emerging Leaders. Samara is a PADI Divemaster and registered assessor for unit standards in snorkelling.