Meet our Ambassadors

 

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Josh Emett

Michelin-star Chef

Josh Emett, internationally acclaimed Michelin star chef, is the chef behind Auckland's Ostro and co-owner of Rata restaurant in Queenstown.

For 11 years, Emett worked alongside Gordon Ramsay in London, New York and Melbourne, achieving four Michelin stars and an outstanding international reputation. More recently he has become a well-known face on television, as a MasterChef New Zealand judge and a MasterChef Australia celebrity chef. Josh hails from the mighty Waikato.

Josh has a lived experience of melanoma, and his father and wingman Roger passed away on 1st April 2011 one year after having been diagnosed with Stage 1V metastatic melanoma.

My greatest wish, and one close to my heart, is to help Melanoma New Zealand in its charity work and in the prevention of this cancer which claims the lives of many New Zealanders each year

Read more about how melanoma has affected his family

 
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Blair Tuke

Kiwi sailor and Olympic medalist

Blair has accolade after accolade from his dedication to water sport excellence in New Zealand. A double 49er World Champion (2013 and 2014) and 2012 London Olympic silver medalist in the 49er with an unprecedented string of more than 20 consecutive victories. In 2015 Blair alongside sailing partner Peter Burling were named 2015 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year and became only the 4th New Zealanders to ever win the male category and international yachting’s top honour. 

Blair Tuke is a proud Northlander growing up and learning to sail in Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands.

Blair believes, “Acting as a role model and getting the message out there is an important part of being an ambassador. Sailors and boaties spend many hours outdoors and on the water, so melanoma is an important topic we need to educate the sailing and boating community about , and I look forward to my relationship with Melanoma New Zealand.”

(Photo courtesy of Sailing Energy/Yachting New Zealand)

 
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Adine Wilson

Former Captain of the Silver Ferns

Adine debuted for the Silver Ferns in 1999 at 20 years of age and became the team's captain in March 2005. She captained the Silver Ferns from 2005 to 2007, highlighted by captaining the gold medal winning Silver Ferns side that beat Australia at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Born in the Taranaki, she is married to Jeff Wilson, former New Zealand dual rugby and cricket player. The Wilsons have two sons and she is a lawyer by profession.

Adine was a self confessed sun worshipper but got diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2005. Melanoma is certainly something that Adine has had a very personal experience with and she has shared her story  with us to help others gain understanding of what it’s like.

Melanoma New Zealand is dear to Adine’s heart. She supports Melanoma New Zealand because she believes it is a brilliant charity doing a truck load of fantastic work in the community, backed up with extremely passionate people driven to reduce the incidences of unfortunately a far too common cancer, melanoma. Read more about her story with melanoma.  

 
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Dr Tom Mulholland

Emergency Department Physician

Dr Tom Mulholland is an Emergency Department Physician with an interest in melanoma. He has seen many of his patient’s and friends die of malignant melanoma. He is passionate about prevention of disease and is embarking on a 3 year mission around NZ in his retro ambulance to help prevent people dying of melanoma and other conditions. Dr Tom also advocates for his passions as a media host on TV and radio, as a presenter and an internationally best-selling author. He has won a number of business awards for leadership and innovation and, has been awarded a NZ Defence force Special Services medal for his actions organising a relief mission in the Boxing Day Tsunami. 

Dr Tom is proud to be an ambassador for Melanoma New Zealand and to help its efforts in supporting Kiwis avoiding melanoma, dealing with it if you get it, and working toward a cure for this nasty disease that unnecessarily takes too many lives.