Our Team

The Trust is led and guided by a volunteer Chairperson and Board of Trustees. A part-time Nursery 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.

BEN TAYLOR

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Chairperson

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.

CARRIE WILLIAMS

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Trustee

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.

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.

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.

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.

GAYNOR CORKERY

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Trustee

Gaynor has a background of teaching and education, having taught for 25 years at the College of Education, Otago University. She brings experience of governance and management; enjoys the outdoors, and loves Wānaka for its natural environment and great people!

SHENNEE GRINTER

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Trustee

As an ardent supporter of grassroots conservation, Shennee was first involved with Te Kākano’s operations in 2010. Specializing in business management and marketing, she has spent most of her career in the outdoor industry with personal ties to the climbing community. She is dedicated to optimizing systems and efficiencies and believes Te Kākano’s work will leave a lasting impression for future generations.

ARNE CLELAND

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Botanical Advisor

Contractors

KRIS VOLLEBREGT

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Nursery Manager

LORAN VERPILLOT

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Trust Manager

NIK WOOLFORD

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Relief Nursery Manager