About SEANZ

SEANZ as the peak organisation leads the energy independence vision and the new way by establishing and maintaining the platforms on which the technology, stakeholders, legislation, policy, events and standards operate.

SEANZ is independent and represents all stakeholders from business to end-users of solar, batteries, home and building energy management systems and associated consumer-centric energy technology - tools and applications for self-generation and demand management.

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Rebecca George - Administrator/Board Secretary

021 2893 893

Contact Rebecca for all general and membership enquiries.

Kristin Gillies - Digital Director

210658460

Contact Kristin for all media and communications enquiries

Chris McArthur - Industry Liaison

027 606 5599

Chris is responsible for engagement with SEANZ members, establishing relationships with potential members, understanding their positions and working with the board to initiate new initiatives.

Dwayne Cocker - Industry Liaison

021 499 209

Dwayne takes responsibility for engagement with new and potential SEANZ members and affiliates. He is the founder of Taspac, a wholesaler of solar PV and related technologies.

Michael Lawley - Grid Assisted ELV Group Lead

067522765

Contact Michael for information about our extra low-voltage working group. Michael joined the SEANZ ELV working group in 2016 to assist ELV members with the rules and regulations to help ensure quality and safety.

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SEANZ Board of Directors

Brendan Winitana - Chairman

Brendan is an independent director, experienced in governance, senior management and strategic planning. He has held leadership roles in corporate business and his own, across multiple industry's - information technology, imaging, electronics, specialist business model and process consulting and content management. Brendan's views are often sought on solar PV, storage and emerging disruptive technologies given his experience across multiple industries that have been impacted by such. With an absolute passion for the industry he leads SEANZ. Brendan serves on private and other industry boards, including Stored Energy New Zealand.

Iain Jerrett - Treasurer

Iain is SEANZ Treasurer and owner and principal of Astara Technologies Limited, a specialist technical consultancy and product development business on the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand. Iain is an experienced general manager with broad general business knowledge and understanding. Iain brings a pragmatic business focused approach to technology and his specialist technical knowledge includes Photovoltaic systems, Electric Vehicle systems, Lithium batteries, Battery Management Systems, and other renewable energy technologies. Iain holds trade qualifications in radio and electronics engineering.

Greg Hoskins - Standards and Technical Development

Principal of Hoskins Energy Systems, Greg is a practitioner of designing and installing solar PV and storage systems - grid connected and off-grid. With 35 years in the feild, Greg is the industrys technical go to man. A master electrician he has extensive history in electrical work and renewable energy system implementations in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Appointed to the SEANZ board in 2010, Greg as a systems integrator brings pragmatic and real world expertise that is vital to define and maintain the right standards for the technologies and their implementation in New Zealand, given local differences in the industry. Greg serves on other industry boards and is a member of the AUS NZ EL-042 Standards Committee - Renewable Energy Systems of Standards.

Rebecca George - Administrator/Board Secretary

With a degree in Applied Science majoring in environmental management, Rebecca spent five years working in London with the Energy Saving Trust. Rebecca managed the Major Solar PV Programme, a NZ$65M government programme established to develop the solar industry in the UK. She managed the pilot of the Energy Saving Trust Advice Centres, successfully running throughout the UK, which advises on all matters pertaining to energy efficiency and onsite generation. Rebecca is passionate about the space and works to ensure SEANZ stakeholder value is delivered through its operation.

Dwayne Cocker - Industry Liaison

Dwayne takes responsibility for engagement with new and potential SEANZ members and affiliates. He is the founder of Taspac, a wholesaler of solar PV and related technologies.

Kristin Gillies - Digital Director

Kristin joined the board in 2016 to develop our communications strategy. Past roles in the not-for-profit sector have led Kristin to a career in digital communications and strategy. Kristin is motivated by the possibility for distributed renewable energy to increase energy democracy and contribute to resolving the climate crisis.

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SEANZ Advisory Group

Simon MacKenzie - Group Chief Executive – Vector

Simon has been with Vector for 16 years and was appointed its Group CEO in 2008. He has extensive experience in the infrastructure sector, including strategy, regulation, network management, information technology and telecommunications. In addition to international experience in the construction and consultancy sectors, Simon has tertiary qualifications in engineering, finance and business studies, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. As an infrastructure business, Simon leads Vectors transformation into the new energy sector to create the new energy future. Solar PV, storage and energy services form a part of that strategy.

Andy Booth - Chief Executive Officer – solarcity

As CEO of solarcity, one of New Zealand’s leading solar energy services companies, solarcity’s purpose is to make a difference with climate change and to help New Zealand move to 100% renewable energy by making solar affordable for all Kiwis. Andrew has overseen the successful introduction of the US energy service model to New Zealand, for which they won the industry innovation award in 2015, its solarZero energy service. Andrew has extensive campaign and media experience from his days as a campaigner with Greenpeace. He later served as an international board director for Greenpeace. In 1992 Andrew founded World Television and established it as Europe's largest internet TV communication group. With Reuters and CNN he launched the world's first international news feed on the environment and floated the company on the London Stock Exchange.

Chris Talbot - Managing Director – YHI New Zealand

On completing his Bachelor of Commerce from University of Auckland, Chris held a variety of accounting, branch and sales management positions in the industrial, agricultural and CNG/LPG vehicle conversion sectors. Moving to Cheviot Pacific Ltd, who manufactured and distributed a range of automotive products, Chris was appointed Sales and Marketing Manager. In 1996 Chris established YHI (New Zealand) Ltd who today distribute a wide range of power and automotive products including an extensive portfolio of solar PV and storage and battery brands. YHI maintain six branches across New Zealand and are a major supplier to the industry throughout the country.

Matt Olde - CEO - Metrix

Matt is a senior executive with over 15 years leadership and commercial experience in the investment banking and energy industries. Currently Matt is with Mercury Energy, formerly Mighty River Power, having been appointed Metrix Chief Executive in 2014, with overall responsibility for Mercury's metering services, data business and responsibility for one of New Zealand’s leading solar PV businesses, What Power Crisis, acquired by Mercury in 2016. Matt is a founding member of the NZ Smart Grid Forum. Joining Mercury in 2010, his roles have included GM Business Strategy and Solutions and, as IPO Project Manager, was responsible for overseeing the Company’s preparations for listing in 2013. Prior to this, he worked in investment banking in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Matt’s investment banking experience focused on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions and structured finance transactions.

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Consultative Services

SEANZ provides Consultative Services for organisations wanting to understand more about the renewable energy space within New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
SEANZ can provide industry, technical and commercial advice, data and presentation material based on fixed fee agreements.


Services include;

  • Comparative analysis of solar and related tech deployment NZ wide and by region
  • Pricing analysis of solar, storage and related tech
  • Solar building consent agreements for local bodies
  • Understanding and identifying business models, innovation and finance opportunities in the industry
  • Forecasts and modelling
  • Industry commentary, including media articles on market development
  • Applicable NZ standards
  • Energy culture and consumer behaviour and motivation analysis


SEANZ has a significant resource through its research, empirical analysis and work with industry, government and stakeholders forecasting, planning, current regulations, barriers and an annual commentary.

Contact Us to discuss your requirements

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