Larry Robbins OBE, JP, RNZN (Rtd)
Commander Larry Robbins serves as the Board Chair for Mercy Ships New Zealand. He also volunteers periodically on board the Africa Mercy.
He enjoyed a career in the Royal NZ Navy, rising to the rank of commander as Hydrographer of the Navy. On retiring from the Navy he was appointed as CEO of the NZ National Maritime Museum in Auckland. He has been a Board member of Mercy Ships NZ since 2009 and accepted the position because he believed in the beneficial work of the organisation. He revalidated his Second Mates certificate in 2013 and has since served more than a year in total as an officer onboard MV Africa Mercy. He says that having seen the ship at work he is more convinced than ever about the value of what Mercy Ships is doing.
Janine Stewart BA, LLB
Janine is an experienced construction and property lawyer, and has appeared in the High Court, and Court of Appeal. Named Young Private Practice Lawyer of the Year in 2015, she is engaged in thought leadership on issues impacting the property and construction industry. As a partner, Janine leads MinterEllisonRuddWattsLawyers’ Auckland community investment programme the “Homework Help Club’, lectures at AUT University and is a member of the NZ Society of Construction Law.
“ I am excited to be a part of Mercy Ships New Zealand, assist in its New Zealand governance and learn more not only about what Mercy Ships does for the international community, but also from the experiences of those that are a part of Mercy Ships or otherwise benefit from its offering.”
Dr Luke Choonwei Wee, MBChB MRNZCUC Clin Dip Pall Med
Dr Luke Choon-Wei Wee completed his medical training at the University of Auckland and had worked in different health settings in New Zealand and Australia.
‘Dr Luke’, as he is known on board, has been involved with Mercy Ships since 2014 when he spent 20 weeks volunteering as a Hospital Physician during the Congo field service. He continues to volunteer on board periodically.
‘Healthcare should be accessible by all, including the poor and the marginalised. This includes people living in far-flung places of the world, like West Africa’, he believes.
Dr Luke is currently based in South Auckland, working as a General Practitioner and Urgent Care physician.
Dr Andrew Clark MBChB
Board member Dr Andrew Clark MBChB
Andrew Clark has been involved with Mercy Ships since 1983, first as a donor, then as a crew member and staff member in New Zealand, the Pacific, Central America and the Caribbean and currently at the International Operations Center in Texas, USA. He has served and sailed on all of the ships and currently is the Director of Organizational Development for Mercy Ships Operations. Andrew is passionate about coming alongside the leaders of Mercy Ships and their teams to work with them in the four key areas of essential leadership – relationship building, influencing, strategic thinking and execution planning.
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Board Deputy Chair Catherine Arrow
Catherine Arrow is a public relations consultant, educator and writer and joined the board of Mercy Ships in 2015. She says that Mercy Ships NZ provides an incredible service to thousands who desperately need help and even the smallest act of kindness and help can change the lives of the people served by the organisation. In serving the organisation as a trustee, she hopes to help develop a wider understanding of the Mercy Ships story, encouraging others to give what they can – be that time, skills, donations or prayers.
Daniel Jenkins, BCom, MBus
Daniel joined the board of Mercy Ships in 2016. He is excited to be able to make a contribution to an organization that has helped thousands of people living in the world’s poorest countries. In serving Mercy Ships, Daniel supports in the area of reporting and finances and is looking forward to working on a ship in the future.
He is currently a Business Analyst for a New Zealand based investment management firm and holds a Master of Business (Finance, with Distinction) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Otago. )