Christopher Howe

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Born (1964-11-28) November 28, 1964 (age 58)
Newmarket, Suffolk
NationalityBritish & New Zealand
EducationB.Sc in ecology and sports
M.Sc in conservation
MA in Creative Writing
Alma materSt Mary's University
University College, London
Victoria University of Wellington

Christopher Howe (born 28 November 1964) is a UK & New Zealand environmentalist and writer. He served as the first Chief Executive of Herefordshire Nature Trust[1] (now Herefordshire Wildlife Trust) in 1998-1999, and Executive Director of WWF-New Zealand from 2007 to 2016. [2]

He was Chair of The Sustainability Trust in Wellington, New Zealand, from 2008 to 2016 and served on the governance board of Amnesty International New Zealand from 2012 to 2016.

He served as Projects Director for IUCN in Asia from 2017 to 2019, before taking up a senior position working on advocacy and policy related to landscapes and food production at WWF-UK in March 2019.


He attended St Mary's University, Twickenham, achieving a first class joint honours BSc in ecology and sports in 1988.

He was awarded an MSc in conservation from University College, London in 1989.

In 2011 he was awarded an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington with merit.

Nature Conservation

He has campaigned for nature and wildlife for over twenty years [3], and has been published in the field of nature conservation and farming. [4] [5]

He has spoken frequently about the role of business in conservation, at the invitation of Business New Zealand [6], and on conservation in New Zealand in general [7]. He was invited by the Crown Agency Landcare Research to write a key think-piece on sustainability [8].

He led WWF's sponsorship of the ground-breaking The Outlook for Someday film awards in New Zealand [9].

His campaigning for one of the world's largest marine protected areas, the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary [10], has been reported in numerous countries [11] [12] [13] [14] [15]


His short story, 'A Photograph of Janet Frame', was published in 2013 in the 6th edition of the New Zealand Literary Journal Hue & Cry. [16].

His short story, 'Ukulele Girl', was runner-up in the novice category of the BNZ Literary Awards in 2011. [17] [18]

In August 2019 and September 2019, he was a writer-in-residence [19] at the Fondation Jan Michalski[20] in Montricher, Switzerland.

External links


  1. "Sustainability Trust Wellington". Sustainability Trust. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  2. "Executive Director steps down | WWF New Zealand".
  3. "A step forward for a living, working countryside". WWF.
  4. Wiseman, Rachel; Hopkins, Liz (February 19, 2001). "Sowing the Seeds for Sustainability: Agriculture, Biodiversity, Economics and Society : Proceedings of the Eighth Interactive Session Held at the Second IUCN World Conservation Congress, Amman, Jordan, 7 October 2000". IUCN – via Google Books.
  5. Programme, Global Invasive Species (February 19, 2001). "Global Strategy on Invasive Alien Species". IUCN – via Google Books.
  8. "Chris Howe: Sustainability in New Zealand: it's all about people". Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research.
  9. "Image Gallery | The Outlook for Someday Awards 2009 | Emmy James and Chris Howe of WWF New Zealand at The Outlook for Someday Awards 2009".
  10. "Proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary | Ministry for the Environment".
  11. "La Nouvelle-Zélande crée un énorme sanctuaire marin". September 29, 2015 – via
  12. "New Zealand Unveils Huge Marine Sanctuary in South Pacific". Time.
  13. "New Zealand to create massive marine sanctuary".
  14. "NZ makes splash with marine sanctuary the size of France". ABC News. September 29, 2015.
  15. "New Zealand to create marine sanctuary". The Daily Star. September 29, 2015.
  17. "BNZ Literary Awards - BNZ". January 3, 2012.
  18. "Wayback Machine" (PDF). December 10, 2011.
  19. "Residences for writers – Fondation Jan Michalski".
  20. "Residences for writers – Fondation Jan Michalski". Retrieved 2020-02-25.

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