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Join us as a Community Trustee


Te Hoiere/Pelorus River catchment is a special place and has been identified as an exemplar catchment as a part of the Ministry for the Environment's At Risk Catchments' programme and by DOC as one of its 14 Ngā Awa rivers.

Through partnership Marlborough District Council, Ngāti Kuia, Rangitāne, Department of Conservation, Ministry for the Environment, Forest & Bird, NZ Landcare Trust, Top of the South Wood Council, Fonterra, Ministry for Primary Industry and the wider community have come together in an ambitious approach to look after the whole catchment from the mountains to the sea (ki uta ki tai).

Trustee Co-Chair Barbara Faulls at a community planting day in Havelock, supported by the Project.

Te Hoiere Project is governed by Te Hoiere Kaitiaki Charitable Trust whose primary focus is on landscape-scale projects that have environmental, social, economic, and cultural benefit.

The Trust are seeking expressions of interest from residents of Te Hoiere/Pelorus (Rai Valley, Ronga Valley, Tunakino Valley, Opouri Valley, Whakamarino, Havelock, Pelorus Sound, Kaituna and Linkwater) for a Community Trustee.

The Trustee will ideally have an interest in the environment, farming, and/or forestry. Governance experience is desirable; however, training will be provided. As a Trustee you will be part of the Governance Group having direct input into the strategy of the project going forward.

If you have the following, we want to hear from you:

  • An ability to see the bigger picture and make balanced decisions on behalf of all stakeholders.
  • An ability to deliver financial stewardship to the project.
  • Knowledge of working with government departments.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (must be a team player).
  • An appreciation of Te Ao Māori (Māori world view).
  • A willingness to learn.
  • Time to commit to at least one Governance meeting every 6 weeks, plus associated tasks.

This is a voluntary role for a 3-year term.

Please email your expressions of interest with a profile statement to

For more information, please contact Rachel Russell (Te Hoiere Programme Manager) on

Applications close at 5.00 pm on 19th January 2024

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