History of the Trust​

A 21st century collaborative approach to regional conservation 

Tasman Environmental Trust (TET) was established in 2000 by the Nelson Marlborough Conservation Board, Federated Farmers, Queen Elizabeth II Trust and the Tasman District Council. These key stakeholders still have representation on the Trust’s Board, with the balance of trustees being members of the community. 

Originally set up to administer the Cobb Mitigation Fund, the Trust’s scope has grown over the years to encompass project management, planning and support for community conservation groups. 

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our founder, the late Martin Conway. We know he would be pleased to see how his vision is evolving. 

Young plant with tree guard and bamboo stake

A tribute to Martin Conway 

The late Martin ConwayMartin was a tireless advocate for native plants and habitats. He initiated the Tasman Environmental Trust to meet the need for an independent environmental agency with legal standing which could reflect government and community aspirations for the local environment.  

He also founded the Titoki native plant nursery and operated this with his wife Jo for well over 20 years.  

Highly aware of the impoverished character of the Waimea Plains, Martin was a strong campaigner for restoring populations of locally-threatened plants. He supported the creation of the Waimea River Park and activities to improve the native character of damaged ecosystems, such as Pearl Creek.  

Sadly, Martin died in 2012 but the Trust’s existence, and its continuing focus on riparian ecosystems, is one of his lasting legacies.