Our Team

The Trust is led and guided by a volunteer Chairperson and Board of Trustees. A part-time Nursery Manager and Trust Administrator are also appointed. The wealth of knowledge shared by Te Kākano's dedicated team ensures that the Trust is managed in the best of interests to support our mission in restoring local native habitats.

Ben Taylor


Ben Taylor particularly enjoys helping the trust with its long term strategy and governance. He has a passion for the outdoors and our wonderful environment. He works as an investment adviser for Forsyth Barr.

Neil Woodrow


No trust should be complete without someone adept with accounts and legislation. As a project manager with IBM for many years, Neil knows how to keep our financials in check so we can continue our restoration efforts.

Nick Mills


Born and bred in Wanaka, Nick has been passionate about local conservation and biodiversity from the very start. Along with Gerald Davies, Nick helped the Te Kākano concept come to fruition and also served as  Chairperson. He is also the artisan winemaker at Rippon Vineyard and has his staff volunteer their time at the nursery during their shoulder seasons.

Ali O'Brien


Ali became a trustee after volunteering for 5 years. She contributes skills from her career in the IT industry and handles much of the Trust's administration.

Anna Hiatt


As owner of the event management company Pure Chaos Ltd Anna brings business experience and rigour to the Trust. She is the Commercial Manager for the Winter Games NZ.

Carrie Williams


Carrie brings her skills as a solicitor with experience in both the private and public sectors to the Trust. When not wearing a bike or ski helmet, conservation and environmental stewardship are enduring values for her.

Murray Walker


Murray has a business background, particularly in Tourism and a long association with the Wanaka area. He believes we need to vigorously protect the stunning natural aspects of what attracted us to come here. Getting closer to ‘Mother Nature’ provides true happiness, particularly getting our hands in the soil and native bush regeneration.


Kris Vollebregt

Nursery Manager

Loran Verpillot

Administration Support



A: Off Mt Aspiring Rd, Lake Wanaka

    PO Box 550, Wanaka 9343

Text: 021 298 1068 (Volunteer sessions, Nursery)

E: info@tekakano.org.nz (other enquiries)



John & Jill Blennerhassett

Sargood Bequest

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