Our Patron and Trustees
Our patron is world-renowned botanist Emeritus Professor Alan Mark.
"As Patron of the Pomona Island Charitable Restoration Trust, I have been most impressed by the resolve and commitment of the Trustees to achieve their laudable purpose in an orderly and credible way. Patrons don't normally become actively involved with the organisation they are asked to support with their patronage but I was delighted to be asked and then to organise and be involved with an important baseline ecological survey of Pomona and Rona Islands. The results of our survey will be important later, in assessing the effectiveness of the carefully planned ecological restoration exercise for these two largest islands in Lake Manapouri, generally recognised as New Zealand's most beautiful lake. As many people in the area will appreciate, this lake is very dear to my heart after risking my scientific career in spearheading a highly contentious conservation battle through the 1960s and early 70s to "save" the lake and adjoining Lake Te Anau from the ambitions of some leading politicians, developers and engineers of the time to despoil them with lake raising in order to gain some extra hydro-electric generation from this resource. Thankfully, we retained the lakes and lakeshores in their natural state and now I am proud to provide my support to the Trust as it restores Manapouri's two largest islands to their natural states."
There are six Trustees and one DOC Advisory Trustee:
Chair - John Whitehead
A retired local farmer, John has been actively involved in conservation in Fiordland for over 40 years. John is a very hands-on Chair, attending trap checking working bees regularly and being a dab hand at track clearance. John is a DOC-approved kiwi handler.
Secretary - Viv Shaw
Viv is the Trust's de facto Project Manager, organising the working bees, collating and analysing all of the Trust's data from trap checks and bird counts, as well as applying for funding to keep the Trust financially viable. A marketer, Viv is responsible for promoting the Trust. She attends most working bees and is one of the Trust's bird counters and is also a DOC-approved kiwi handler.
Treasurer - David Fortune
A retired Maths teacher, David keeps a close eye on the Trust's finances and prepares the Trust's annual accounts. He is a regular working bee attendee and organised the ten year re-surveying of the vegetation plots on Pomona and Rona.
Trustee - Chris Shaw
Chris is an engineer and a whizz on the computer. As well as attending most working bees, he designed and now maintains the Trust's website. Chris is one of the Trust's bird counters.
Trustee - Neil Robertson
A nature guide for Trips and Tramps, Neil's speciality is birds. He helped catch and transfer robins and mohua to Pomona.
Trustee - Harry Bull
Harry is a skipper for Real Journeys and keeps visitors across Lake Manapouri informed about the restoration activities of the Trust. He represents Oraka Aparima Runaka on the Trust
DOC Advisory Trustee - Lindsay Wilson
Lindsay is a Principal Ranger for Biodiversity at DOC in Te Anau. He provides valuable advice to the Trust as well as encouraging us to continue our work. Lindsay says "the Trust has a strong record of effective restoration project management. Under the Trust's management there has been dramatic ecosystem recovery and the recovery of iconic threatened species".