Board applications called for Te Ahu Pātiki Trust

On behalf of the Te Ahu Pātiki Charitable Trust we would like to announce that they are seeking applicants to join their Board as Trustees. See below for information from the Te Ahu Pātiki Trust:

Te Ahu Pātiki Charitable Trust is the kaitiaki guardian of Te Ahu Pātiki, 500 hectares of whenua on Te Pataka o Rakaihautū Banks Peninsula.

Te Ahu Pātiki is a newly created public conservation park in the heart of Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour. It includes the summits of Mt Herbert Te Ahu Pātiki and Mt Bradley, the two highest peaks in the wider Christchurch area. The park is protected by a QEII Covenant and its track network is gazetted with Herenga ā Nuku as part of the Te Ara Pātaka track network. 

The Trust values its role as kaitiaki of the park and the maunga and its partnership with the wider community. Its core purpose is to protect the land, restore native biodiversity, enable non-motorised public access, and support mana whenua values.

The Trust acknowledges the local hapū who hold mana whenua and rangātira over Te Ahu Pātiki, so work in partnership with both Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke and Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata to make the shared vision for the maunga a reality.

In the words of founding hautū Yvette Couch-Lewis, ‘It takes many hands to hold up Te Ahu Pātiki, so there are many ways for people to contribute their expertise, skills, and passion’. 


Te Ahu Pātiki Charitable Trust is now inviting applications from potential Trustees. The Trust is particularly seeking skills and knowledge in these key areas to complement its current Board: 

• Mātauranga Māori 

• Ecology/biodiversity restoration 

• Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)/carbon 

• Fundraising and revenue stream management 

• Marketing and engagement 

As a member of the Te Ahu Pātiki Board of Trustees, you will join a visionary group working to protect and enhance an important area of natural landscape on Te Pataka o Rakaihautū Banks Peninsula. The Trust Board currently comprises five members. The Trust Deed allows for a maximum of nine, which means there are currently up to four Board roles available. 

Please click here for the full position description.


Applicants will ideally have an active interest in conservation and biodiversity restoration. A connection to Te Pataka o Rakaihautū Banks Peninsula is desired, but not required. The Board is particularly seeking potential Trustees with governance expertise, a passion for ecology, and an understanding of Mātauranga Māori. 

Expertise in philanthropy and a wide network of connections in the Ōtautahi Christchurch and Waitaha Canterbury regions would be of tremendous value, as would skills at the intersection of conservation, data technology and the ETS scheme. A genuine interest in helping achieve conservation and public access goals and making a difference to the natural environment for future generations is desirable.  

If you are interested in contributing your expertise, skills and passion in support of Te Ahu Pātiki’s governance then we invite you to submit your application. 


Please forward your application, outlining why you are interested and how you believe you could add value to the Board, along with a CV detailing your community and governance experience. 

For Further information contact:

Kaituitui: Sarah Anderson 


Phone: 0274 267 847

Image: Sam Barrow