Why are we named MAUI63? It’s not just the name of the world’s rarest dolphin. It’s also an acronym for Marine Animal Unmanned Identification, and the 63 represents the count of Māui dolphins when we started. The name aligns with our goal – to support the growth of the Māui dolphin population – way beyond 63!
Currently, we are a small team. But we’re growing and we’re keen to find people to help and support us.
Rochelle is our research lead and marine science extraordinaire. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland with over 25 years of research experience as a programme lead on large international and New Zealand based whale and dolphin research projects, including Māui dolphins.
TANE VAN DER BOON
Tane is our CEO and technical lead. His background is in IT and innovation and has worked on similar projects that included using AI technologies. Tane is also a type 102 qualified drone pilot and has a passion for technology, nature and wildlife.
Our operations lead Willy is a type 102 qualified drone enthusiast, registered doctor and is currently completing a PhD in medical science at the University of Auckland. Some of his other work includes biosensor development utilising AI to guide clinical decisions.
A professional pilot by trade flying commercial aircraft. Pete is our Chief pilot and brings a huge amount of aviation experience to the MAUI63 team.
Hayley is one of our trained UAV pilots. She is also a marine biologist completing her PhD. This combined with being a model aircraft and drone enthusiast makes her the perfect fit for the MAUI63 team.