Our Team

The Trust is led and guided by a volunteer Chairperson and Board of Trustees. A part-time Nursery Manager, Education Manager and Trust Manager are also appointed in addition to an external advisor who brings botanical expertise to the Trust. The wealth of knowledge shared by Te Kākano's dedicated team ensures that the Trust is managed in the best of interests of supporting our mission of restoring local native habitats and connecting communities with their land.

CARRIE WILLIAMS

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Chair

Carrie brings her skills as a solicitor with experience in both the private and public sectors to the trust, when she is not wearing a bike or ski helmet. Conservation and environmental stewardship have been enduring values for her.

ANDREW GAWITH

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Treasurer

Andrew has been an irregular planting volunteer for the past decade. He has taken on the treasurer role at the Trust relying on past experience starting and managing economic consulting and financial services businesses. He also has interests in improving river health and  water quality generally.

NICK MILLS

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Trustee

Born and bred in Wānaka, 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 has served as  Chairperson. He is also the artisan winemaker at Rippon Vineyard and encourages his staff to volunteer time at the nursery during shoulder seasons.

BEN TAYLOR

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Trustee

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.

MURRAY WALKER

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Trustee

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.

SHENNEE GRINTER

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Trustee

As an ardent supporter of grassroots conservation, Shennee was first involved with Te Kākano in 2010. Specializing in business operations and marketing, she is dedicated to optimizing systems and efficiencies and believes Te Kākano’s work will leave a lasting impression for future generations.

BECKY McCORMACK

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Trustee

Becky and her family moved to Wānaka in 2021, but has spent many winter and summer holidays here since she was a teenager. With a background in secondary school teaching and environmental education, she’s passionate about supporting young people to engage with the community and our local environment. She also loves trees! 

ARNE CLELAND

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Botanical Advisor

KRIS VOLLEBREGT

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Nursery Manager

LORAN VERPILLOT

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Trust Manager

JO GUEST

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Education Manager

NIK WOOLFORD

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Relief Nursery Manager