Mercy Ships NZ has a number of ambassadors, speakers and writers who volunteer to take our story and share it with others in New Zealand and elsewhere. Some of them are featured here and, if you would like someone to visit your organisation, club, church or community group to talk about the work of Mercy Ships, please contact us.
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.
Peter is ‘rocking the boat’ with his song Hope On My Horizon written for MSNZ.
He regularly shares with his audiences about Mercy Ships.
A career in teaching and the role of Headmaster has equipped Roger Biddle with the engaging and professional communication skills to take an audience on a voyage with Mercy Ships. He regularly volunteers to speak to church and community groups and if you would like to hear his story, contact us on 09 950 4303.
During the visit of the first vessel Anastasis to New Zealand in 1983, Graeme felt called to the work of Mercy Ships. For more than 30 years he has worked on four Mercy Ships and in four land-based offices in a number of administration and leadership roles. Over this time he has visited over 60 countries working in the South Pacific Islands, Central America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and West Africa.In 1990 he met his wife Sharon and they have three adult children.
Since 2008 Graeme has served as the Director of Mercy Ships New Zealand, and recently returned from serving on board the Africa Mercy during the second Madagacsar field service.
Sharon has served with Mercy Ships for more than 25 years including and has been working for the organisation in Auckland since 2008. Her work as communications manager earned recognition and an award from PRINZ, the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand.