Gavin O’Donnell – Dept. Chair, Marian Milne, Mirka Langford, Naomi Aporo, Christeen Mackenzie, Murray Poulter, Sky Davies – Trust Manager, Gillian Bishop – Chairperson, Tom Stein
Gillian has chaired Tasman Environmental Trust since 2016. She lives beside the Waimea Inlet and has been involved in a wide range of work to protect and enhance the environment, through both practical work and as a trustee. Gillian’s background in contract development and management is invaluable as the Trust enters into an increasing number of arrangements with community groups, local councils and government organisations to deliver conservation projects.Gillian is keen to see community groups supported by TET’s Community Conservation Hub services to enable them to focus on planting, weeding and pest control in their local areas. Her work in conservation was recognised in 2020 when she was awarded a QSM.
Marian has a background as a rural veterinarian and has farmed sheep, beef and forestry with partner Alec in Golden Bay and Tasman since 1990. Marian is extensively involved with many environmental projects, including her role as current secretary for Friends of Cobb and active memberships in the Onekaka Biodversity Group and Golden Bay Bird Rescue. Marian is currently employed part-time for the HealthPost Nature Trust as project co-ordinator, and also manages to fit in some DOC contract wildlife monitoring, volunteering, and a little bit of vet locum work. Marian is the current chair of Project Mōhua’s management committee, linking Golden Bay into the TET family.
Dr Murray Poulter, originally from Motueka, is a former NIWA Chief Scientist who now resides on a small block in Tasman. His research career included work in the UK, Germany, US, Canada and Antarctica before he took on management roles in NIWA. This work has given him wide exposure to our terrestrial, aquatic and marine environments, their sensitivities, stresses and mitigation options. Murray is joint owner of a QE II covenanted plot of native bush. He has a keen interest in the local environment and an appreciation of the impact co-ordinated community efforts can bring.
Christeen is the Tasman District Council representative on the Trust. She is a chartered accountant and had a career with the Department of Conservation, being the Deputy Director General for Corporate Services until her retirement from that role in 2018. In 2019 Christeen was elected to the TDC and is utilising her governance experience in that role. On her property at Foxhill, Christeen and her family are retiring grazing land and planting manuka.
Brought up in the Waitakere Ranges in West Auckland, Tom moved to Marlborough in 1996. He lives with his wife, Liz, on a small block near Linkwater in the Marlborough Sounds. In Auckland, Tom worked for the Auckland Regional Council Parks Service. Previously in Marlborough, he has worked with the Department of Conservation, Marlborough District Council and private landowners in various roles, particularly weed and pest management. Currently Tom is the Regional Representative for Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough for the QEII National Trust. He has a wide range of practical skills and knowledge of the local environment.
My partner and I are pastoral farmers with our home base on our dairy farm near Collingwood, which is bordered the Aorere river, Ruataniwha Inlet and Kahurangi National Park. We have a complimentary grazing property in the Motueka Valley, where we raise both dairy and beef calves from weaning and winter the dairy herd.
My governance involvement started in at Playcentre, then continued with the Aorere Catchment Project. I have held various Federated Farmers positions, participated in DairyNZ forums around environmental issues and worked with AgResearch on the giant buttercup weed. I have served on the Nelson Marlborough Conservation Board, represented Golden Bay on Tasman District’s Unitary Council, and represented farmers on the Fonterra Co-operative Council.
Sky grew up in the Motueka Valley and, after adventuring in and working around the world, has returned home with her family. Some of her adventures included working as a white-water raft guide in the United States, a three-year stint in Bolivia working in community development, and living on a canal boat in the UK. Prior to her role at Tasman Environmental Trust, Sky worked for the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, where she focused on conservation-related issues. Sky holds a Bachelor of Resource Studies degree from Lincoln University, and a Master of Science degree from Oxford University.
Abby grew up on the Kapiti Coast and moved to Mapua in 2001. She has an Arts degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Canterbury University, which enabled her to work as a business analyst and project manager in the fields of health, forestry and photography. Abby joined the Trust in April 2017 as coordinator of the Mapua Dawn Chorus and project manager for Neimann Creek. Now, as operations manager, Abby supports TET’s conservation projects with the administration and compliance workload so that they are able to spend more time achieving conservation outcomes.
Originally from the lower North Island, Richmond has been home for Kathryn, her husband and their family since 2001. They love living in the Tasman region with all the outdoor opportunities it offers for recreation, sport and leisure. Alongside her work on the operations side of TET, Kathryn is also project manager for Battle for the Banded Rail. She enjoys working with the enthusiastic volunteers and is proud of the project’s achievements. Kathryn has a background in Management Accounting, a BSc (Operations Research) from Victoria University, and has been Tasman Environmental Trust’s treasurer since 2015.
Originally from the US, Sukie has a passion for conservation and experience in management of conservation-related projects.
Elaine is a geographer with an MSc in Environmental Science, born and trained in Ireland. Her first foray into predator control was working on the Southland Regional Pest Management Strategy Review in 2007. Elaine also worked at NZDF, where she managed large-scale projects for didymo biosecurity, sustainability and culture change. She knows the power of community collaborative decision-making from work as science coordinator for Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Whaitua process. In 2014 Nelson become home to Elaine and her young family. Always on the edge of the socio-enviro interface, she is passionate about creating social and environmental wellbeing by reconnecting people with nature.
Since migrating to Aotearoa/New Zealand over 20 years ago, Marios has not stopped exploring. Thousands of days in the backcountry working as an author, photographer and guide developed a love for the unique ecosystems that make these islands special. Researching and interpreting these outstandingly beautiful areas led naturally to volunteer work in conservation projects.Since its inception, Marios has been associated with the Otuwhero Trust, helping to restore this threatened wetland gem. Experience in conservation governance, health and safety systems, and planting in gumboot country has nurtured his belief that habitat restoration is the key to a healthy planet and human wellbeing.
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