Trustees are selected for the breadth of their perspectives and the depth of their knowledge of the Peninsula and have worked cohesively to develop the Trust’s objectives, its founding deed, and its statements of intent. The Trustees work on a voluntary basis and are appointed by the Christchurch City Council for terms of three years. The Trustees are assisted in their work by a full time Trust Manager.
The Handover – A farewell to Trustees stepping down and welcome to those stepping up.
From left to right: Tūtehounuku (Nuk) Kōrako, Suky Thompson (Trust Manager), Brian Patrick, Debbie Tikao, Bob Webster, Claudia Reid, Cynthia Roberts, Garry Moore, Stuart Wright-Stow. Absent: Stewart Miller, Andrew Turner, Simon Mortlock
Simon Mortlock is a founding partner of Christchurch-based law firm Mortlock McCormack Law and brings to the Board his skills and experience in business start-up and strategy, contracts, governance, joint ventures, property development, local government and trusts. Simon also serves as a trustee and director on several other trusts involved with youth development and environmental protection. Simon Mortlock lives in Governor’s Bay on Banks Peninsula and has a deep love of the Peninsula and a strong interest in recreational walking and the coastline.
Andrew Turner was reelected as the Christchurch City Councilor for Banks Peninsula in November 2016 and is the Deputy Mayor. A Lyttelton resident and business owner, he describes himself as passionate about outdoor activities, including walking and camping, and has a deep love for the peninsula. He has previously served the community as Chair of the Lyttelton Harbour Business Association, a Board member of Project Lyttelton and as a member of the Lyttelton/Mt. Herbert Community Board. He remains a trustee of the Lyttelton Information Centre.
Bob Webster brings extensive experience of negotiating with landowners to the Trust, gained in his role as a high country pastoral lease tenure review consultant with OPUS International. He and his wife Carol Jensen have bought land on Banks Peninsula with the specific purpose of promoting the protection and restoration of native vegetation, and have regular first hand experience of conservation protection and covenant formation as well as experience with public access along the adjacent Summit Walkway. Bob is also a keen tramper and runner and sees Banks Peninsula playing an increasingly important role as a place of public recreation for the local area and the people of Christchurch, as rising concerns about greenhouse gases and increasing fuel costs lead people to look locally for recreation and holidays.
Brian Patrick brings his extensive expertise as an entomologist and ecologist to the Trust. The author of well known books, such as award winning “Wild Dunedin” and “Wild Rivers”, Brian loves sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge of biodiversity with the public. Formerly based in Otago and later Alexandra where he directed the Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery, he moved north in 2011 and now works as a scientist and senior ecologist with Wildland Consultants Ltd. Brian has made his home at Birdlings Flat on Banks Peninsula, and if you are out at night in remote places on Banks Peninsula, you may find him with his lamps and nets studying nocturnal moths and insects.
Chrissie Williams works at Environment Canterbury. She is programme leader for the Natural Environment Recovery Programme and involved in other earthquake recovery work. From 1995 -2011 Chrissie was a Christchurch City Councillor and a member of the Burwood Pegasus Community Board. On leaving the city council she worked for a year at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu as an adviser, focusing on housing and land issues after the Canterbury earthquakes. Although being brought up in Gore Chrissie spent childhood holidays on Banks Peninsula and now enjoys the outdoor recreation opportunities the Peninsula offers – walking, orienteering and sea kayaking.
Dr Cynthia Roberts
Cynthia Roberts brings to The Trust a background in ecology (as science advisor and plant ecologist for the Department of Conservation), teaching (primary and tertiary), management (as HOD, CPIT) and ten years experience in business and ecotourism running multi-day trips such as tramping and kayaking (Bushwise Women). Cynthia is passionate about conservation, education and the outdoors. She loves both learning and sharing her knowledge.
Cynthia currently works as an independent ecologist (nzecologist.com) enabling her to give time to RDBP Trust matters. Her qualifications include: B.A.(UC); Dip.Teaching; M. Appl Sci (Lincoln) and PhD in Ecology (UTAS). Research interests include seabird-island forest dynamics (Chatham Islands), animal-plant interactions, ecosystem dynamics, ephemeral wetlands and turf communities, weed ecology and forest restoration. Cynthia is a new Ecan counselor.
Debbie Tikao is a landscape architect with a particular interest in cultural values. She has worked for several landscape architect firms, and was a Principal at Natural Habitats. She is currently the General Manager of the Matapopore Charitable Trust and is actively involved with Ōnuku Rūnanga in Akaroa as the Environment Portfolio Team Leader. She brings to the Trust knowledge in landscape architecture and the cultural landscape of Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū.
Stuart Wright-stow is a Peninsula entrepreneur, businessman, resident and was a close friend of Rod Donald. He and his wife own the Little River Gallery and formerly owned the adjacent store. The development of these businesses was instrumental in changing Little River from a drive through on the main highway to a “must stop” destination. His latest project is SiloStay – a unique form of accommodation aimed at cyclists on the Little River Rail Trail in converted silos.
Suky Thompson has been involved with projects to protect the heritage and environment of the Peninsula during her 20 years as a resident of Robinsons Bay near Akaroa. She operates a small business conducting heritage tours in Akaroa and a consultancy specialising in Peninsula projects. She obtained a Postgraduate diploma with distinction in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from Lincoln University in 2013 and has recently joined its LEaP Research Centre as a Research Fellow.