My name is Stefanie Rixecker, and I live in New Zealand. I’m a scholar, activist, natural history buff and absolutely mad about the planet’s marine environments. I was born in Germany, have lived in four countries (Germany, Canada, the United States and New Zealand), and I have been lucky to travel around the world, experiencing every continent except Antarctica.

My passion for our precious Earth started as a child when I lived in Edmonton, Alberta – long before its now famous indoor mall and tar sands extractions – and discovered outdoor wonders by ice skating, snow shoeing, camping and learning to read the frozen landscape.   I was educated in the US and have lived in New Zealand for over 20 years.

I have a PhD in Political Science (Public Policy) and have published articles focused on the relationships between environmental protection & social justice. My most recent work has been dedicated to climate change impacts, including climate refugees. I have considerable governance experience, including having served as the Chair of New Zealand’s Amnesty International section.

Stefanie after swimming with the world's smallest dolphins in Akaroa Harbour.

Stefanie enjoying Akaroa Harbour after swimming with the Hectors Dolphins.

My utter love is the marine environment and its connections with all life on our planet.  Seabirds, sea turtles, orca and natural history of the oceans are just a few of my loves.  I am blessed to live near global hot spots for seabirds – like Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere & Kaikoura – and I am keen to make a difference in our world through education, outdoor experience & sharing through writing.

When I’m not at work or updating this site, I love to kayak, swim, tramp and read awesome nature writing.  Check out my book shelf for the latest titles.

I created Planet Blue Hope as a means for expressing my wonder for and love of nature – and to share these with others.