Forsyth Barr is proud to be an active supporter of Live Ocean - a marine conservation charity dedicated to ocean protection and restoration.
Live Ocean was started by Olympic and America’s Cup sailors Blair Tuke and Peter Burling after they both competed in the Volvo Ocean Race and recognised the need to do something to help protect our oceans. Their goal in establishing the charity was to encourage people to confront the problems faced by the world’s oceans, and to come together to find ways to fix them. Their belief is that New Zealand is ideally placed to play a leading role in this.
Sally Paterson, the CEO of Live Ocean said, “The ocean is a huge part of our identity, and we’re the lucky country in terms of our location and our access to it.”
“But because it’s so big, because most of us don’t put our heads below the water, and because there’s so little protection on offer, we have ‘ocean blindness’ - a lack of understanding about the true health of our marine environment”.
As well as funding experts to raise awareness and find solutions, Live Ocean also hopes to use the profile of its founders and the power of sport to reduce our ocean blindness even further.
“This is Blair and Peter’s journey … It’s about their own ambition and stepping up to the challenge. They understand the difference they can make,” explained Sally.
Jonty Edgar, Forsyth Barr co-head of Markets said, “We’re very impressed by Live Ocean. Their ambition is huge, but so is the capability and the commitment of the team they’ve brought together. We’re thrilled to be able to support them.”