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North Island Representatives

Emailing convention for contacting representatives: firstinitial+surname@openspace.org.nz, e.g. Joe Bloggs would be jbloggs@openspace.org.nz


Far North

Greg Blunden

Dr Greg Blunden

Phone: 09 405 5360 

Email

Greg and Gay Blunden have a 90ha QEII covenant. Greg is the convenor of the NZ Kiwi Foundation. He specialises in biodiversity management and land use change.


Whangarei

Nan Pullman

Nan Pullman

Phone: 09 434 3457 

Email

Nan jointly runs a small beef farm, two teenagers and a freelance photography / journalism company with her husband Malcolm. She previously worked as a newspaper journalist and as a media liaison officer for DoC.

She likes to be involved with 'hands on' local conservation projects including possum and mustelid control to help kukupa, kiwi and dotterel populations around the coast; ­native plant restoration projects; ­local mangrove cleanup days; pingao planting, and ­kiwi listening.


Kaipara

Nick Matich

Nick Matich

Phone: 09 439 8932 

Email

Nick has developed a strong affinity with the New Zealand natural environment over many years of outdoor activity. He has a background in civil engineering, surveying and petrochemical testing and worked for a number of years at Whakapapa doing seasonal skifield, weed control and kiwi recovery programme work for DOC.

Before becoming the Kaipara rep, he had worked on contract for QEII, carrying out weed control work on covenants in the Northland region. Nick describes himself as a 'practical, outdoor type' and is a snow-skiing and surfing enthusiast in his spare time.


Northwest Auckland

Chris Floyd

Phone : 021 066 2165 

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Chris specialises in botany but also has a keen interest in aquatic ecology and indigenous fauna. Chris has spent the last five years working on a variety of projects including botanical surveys, ecological assessments and ecological management plans. Chris is now excited to bring his experience to QEII. In his spare time Chris relishes his time outdoors and especially enjoys tramping and kayaking.


South and West Auckland

Paul Goldsmith

Phone : 021 622 368 

Email

Paul lives in Oratia in the WaitakereRanges with his wife and three children, on their family orchard where theygrow Feijoas. As well as being passionate about the great outdoors and theopportunity to contribute to the protection of important NZ biodiversity andlandscapes, he is also chairperson of the Oratia Heritage Society, and aboard member of Glen Eden Intermediate School.


Waikato - Hunua

Lynette Benson

Phone: 09 232 2898 

Email

Before joining QEII Lynette has held positions as a pest control contractor in the Kokako Management Area in the Hunua Ranges, a part time lecturer in applied field studies in ecology at EcoQuest Education Foundation based near Kaiaua and as a surveyor in the Hauraki Plains & Coromandel Peninsular areas. She and her partner Tony have a small lifestyle block on the eastern foothills of the Hunua Ranges and have established extensive areas of native plantings.


Waitomo - Otorohanga


Melissa Sinton

Phone: 027 867 6407 

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Melissa joined the Trust in September 2016. She has a great passion for conservation and the environment and wide experience working with farmers, volunteers and other organisations through her work as a rural professional. Melissa is the co-Chair of the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust and sits on other reserve committees and groups.

Melissa lives on her family farm in Arohena and has three boys.


Waikato East - Taupo

Robbie Bennett

Phone: 07 824 5051 

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Robbie came to QEII in February 2011 from the building industry and has a broad background of commercial and public service roles. He developed an affinity with NZ natural environment through outdoor activity and restoration projects over the years including his lifestyle block near Ngaruawahia which includes several hectares of established and regenerating native bush.

In addition to his environmental interests he is also enjoys tramping, travel, motorcycling and music.


Coromandel

Jason Roxburgh

Phone: 07 868 2401 

Email

Jason joined the National Trust in October 2014. He has 25 years' experience in conservation management, as well as in river, catchment and production forestry management. Jason grew up in South Otago/Southland and Northland, and landed in the Coromandel in 1998, where his highlight has been working with landowners, iwi, and community groups on many mainland and island restoration projects. Jason has particular interests in plant and animal pest control and threatened species management, with passions for music, tramping, photography, and writing. He relishes the opportunity to use his skills and knowledge to help landowners protect their piece of the Coromandel. Jason and Karen live at Te Puru on the Thames Coast, where Karen runs her arts and craft business.


Western Bay of Plenty
(Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty Districts)


Rob Fraser

Phone: 027 562 0333 

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Robbie is from a Hawkes Bay sheep and cattle farming background and is now a kiwifruit orchardist and lifestyle farmer in the Bay of Plenty. Adult education studies opened new doors into two decades of field ecology and park ranger employment. Hunting, fishing and beef cattle are favourite hobbies while community concerns include building a bike track and promoting a pest free environment with clean water. 

'Landowners do interesting things in their own unique way. As a QEII Rep it is a pleasure to visit, share ideas and help future proof their ecological gems.'


Eastern Bay of Plenty
(Whakatane, Rotorua, Opotiki, Kawerau Districts)

Wayne O'Keefe

Phone: 021 0238 5608 

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Gisborne

Malcolm Rutherford

Phone: 022 310 6818 or 06 927 7356 

Email

Malcolm grew up on a Southland farm. He is a qualified zoologist and botanist and has been involved in environmental education. Malcolm has worked for conservation organisations here and overseas. He has wide experience working on species recovery programmes and has been involved in numerous pest control programmes. He moved to Gisborne with his wife and family in 2012.


North Taranaki

Neil Phillips

Neil Phillips

Mobile: 027 268 0664

Email

Neil has been working with landowners in his QEII Rep role since 1999. He shifted to Taranaki over 30 years ago to work in Egmont National Park as a ranger after attending Lincoln University. Neil knows Taranaki well and is keen on helping landowners with anything relating to covenanting land on their properties. He regularly works in conjunction with local councils who may also be able to help landowners out financially at the same time. Neil enjoys sharing his spare time with his family and is an outdoor recreation enthusiast.


South Taranaki


Jake Goonan

Mobile: 022 327 0445

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Jake joined the National Trust in September 2017. He lives in the Hawera area and comes to us with a wealth of experience. He has previously worked as the Biodiversity Operations Coordinator and Biodiversity Programme Manager for the Taranaki Regional Council. Jake has also been a Biodiversity Officer leading Project Janszoon pest control and restoration projects in the Abel Tasman National Park and a self-help possum control coordinator and pest management officer.


Hawke's Bay

Troy Duncan

Troy Duncan

Phone/Fax: 06 844 3838 Mobile: 021 629 426 

Email

Troy grew up in Hawke’s Bay, involved in the primary sector. After extensive travel overseas, he is kept busy outside of work by a young family, a small block of land and getting out and about in the outdoors, hunting, rafting and fishing.

Troy has a good overview of the Hawke’s Bay environment and a network of contacts including the Department of Conservation and Regional Council through his work as a TB Vector monitoring contractor, assessing possum populations for the Animal Health Board’s programme from Wairoa to Porangahau.


Central Manawatu

John Williamson

John Williamson

Phone: 06 328 6851 Mobile: 027 632 8031 Fax: 06 328 6850 

Email

John has been farming in the Manawatu for the last 24 years with wife Ann, raising beef, sheep and children.

A long-time interest and commitment to the environment has seen John involved in restoration projects and an enthusiasm for the wider outdoors with tramping and education being a passion. He has a broad knowledge base and a deep basket of practical skills that can be called upon with a desire to add to them.


Tararua

Bill Wallace

Bill Wallace

Phone: 06 376 7796 

Email

Bill has farmed in the Tararua district with his wife Pauline for the past 29 years. Previous winners of the Tararua Farmer of the Year, they now lease out their farm and live on a small block near Pahiatua where Bill is involved with various farm monitor groups as well as Federated Farmers.

Bill has always had a passion for our native flora and fauna and has planted many native plants on the two properties. He has also spent many hours in the bush pursuing other interests including hunting, photography and, more recently, mountain running training for multisport events such as the Coast to Coast race.


Wairarapa and Wellington

Trevor Thompson

Trevor Thompson

Phone: 027 333 3243 

Email

Trevor Thompson has a background of many years in conservation including four years setting up and running the predator control system at Pukaha Mt Bruce (1000 hectares) which has given him an in-depth knowledge of managing and restoring native habitats in the Wairarapa. Pest mammals and pest plants control are vital to this process.

Managing native mistletoes and orchids are some of Trevor's specialties.

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