Project Contacts


Rt. Hon. Sir Don McKinnon ONZ, GCVO

A Member of the New Zealand Parliament from 1978 to 2000, Sir Don has held the positions of Senior Whip, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs and Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control. He oversaw New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council. In 1999 he was elected to the office of Commonwealth Secretary General, a position he held from 2000 to 2008. In 2007 he was appointed to the Order of New Zealand, and in 2009, appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) by the Queen, for services to the Commonwealth. Sir Don is Chairman, Regional Facilities Auckland.


Dennis Kerins

Dennis Kerins works in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Auckland designing interactive educational material. Through Askance Digital Design he has designed, created, and maintained websites and has considerable experience in digital image manipulation, web site design and structures, graphic design, educational design and writing. He is a graduate of The University of Auckland.

Derrick Bunn

Derrick Bunn is a photographer, videographer, video editor, audio engineer and blogger. His photographs have appeared in the New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Geographic and the Listener magazine.

Vincent Lipanovich

Vincent Lipanovich is Director, New Zealand Maritime Museum (on secondment from the Auckland War Memorial Museum), where he plays a pivotal role in the developing leadership partnership between the two museums and their roles on the Auckland waterfront. He has an MA (Hons) in history from the University of Auckland’s and sits on the board of the Centrestage Theatre Trust, in Orewa.

Dan Stevenson

Dan Stevenson is a consultant with the Wellington law firm Izard Weston where he was a partner from 1964 to 2010. He was educated at Wanganui Collegiate, Victoria University and Cambridge University and was admitted to the United Kingdom bar. He has been a director of several companies and served for 19 years on the board of Works Consultancy/ Opus International Consultants Ltd. He has had a lifelong association with farming through his 2000-acre property at Titahi Bay and he was president of the Wellington Club from 2007 to 2010. He comes from a family with long military associations—his son was a Major with the SAS—and has a particular interest in military aircraft.

Commander Brett Fotheringham, RNZN

Brett has had a diverse career in the New Zealand Defence Force working in a range of operational, training, administrative and policy oriented roles. He trained as a Seaman Officer and served at sea in a variety of Navy ships. He has been seconded to The Treasury and served a Base Manager of Scott Base, Antarctica. He has served with the United Nations in Cambodia and Afghanistan and represented the NZDF as Defence Adviser Pacific and Defence Attache Bangkok (responsible for Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam). He is a graduate of Auckland University and has a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University. His father served in the Korean War and grandfathers and great uncles in World War I and II.

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Powell

 Chris Powell has served in the NZ Army in both the Regular and Territorial Forces since 1981, during which he has held various command and staff appointments with the Auckland and Wellington Battalions as well as undertaking three operational tours of duty.  He has also served with the NZ Police from 1991 to 2010.  All his service has been in uniform in Wellington and Auckland, where he retired as a Senior Sergeant.


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New Zealand War Graves Trust
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Mangawhai 0540
New Zealand

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