Our patron is world-renowned botanist Emeritus Professor Sir Alan Mark.
As Patron of the Pomona Island Charitable 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 seven Trustees of the Pomona Island Charitable Trust:
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 checks regularly and helping with track clearance.
Treasurer – David Fortune
A retired maths teacher, David loves birds. As well as spending many hours doing the Trust’s accounts, he also organizes the Rona Island work and takes volunteers there in his boat.
Secretary – Paul King
A retired physics teacher, Paul and his wife Lynley are very regular volunteers for trap checks to both islands as well as all the work involved with being secretary.
Trustee – Hannah Edmonds
Hannah has worked for DOC with wildlife for many years and has a wealth of knowledge about birds. She now does the bird counts on both islands. She is also a trustee of the Mohua Charitable Trust.
Trustee – Gerard Hill
Gerard has worked for DOC for a long time in pest control and now is a self employed contractor to do this work. The Trust is benefiting from his expertise in this field and help with trap checks.
Trustee - Liz Scott
Well-known local GP and long-time volunteer on Pomona and Rona.
Trustee - Harry Bull
Harry is a retired skipper for Real Journeys and has kept visitors informed about the restoration activities of the Trust. As a Trustee, he represents Oraka Aparima Runaka.