About us

The Trust was formed in October 2002 following a series of meetings of local people involved in private conservation initiatives on the Island. It was decided that a formal body was needed to provide an umbrella organisation to support conservation initiatives and to ensure a coordinated and integrated approach to the greater vision of the island's ecological restoration. This community initiated Trust has successfully applied for funding and to date has produced a quarterly newsletter, facilitated Open Days at restoration sites, initiated meetings with key stakeholders and will represent the community in the future planning for conservation on Great Barrier.

Our team

Kate Waterhouse (Chair) – Change Manager
June Brookes
George Perry - Auckland University
Emmy Pratt – Great Barrier Marine Radio
Alison Walker - Hiwitahi Conservation project
Emma Waterhouse
Matt Way - EcoNode 

Non–Trustees

Dame Anne Salmond – Patron

SCIENCE ADVISOR 

Professor John Ogden MSc., PhD., DSc., FRSNZ – Founder and former trustee, also Awana Catchment Trust 

Former Trustees

Tony Bouzaid 1940–2011 - Tribute from the GBI Trust / Eulogy by Mike Lee
Des Casey – Counsellor
Fenella Christian – Community representative
Dr Emma Cronin – Glenfern Sanctuary
Peter Edmonds – Artist
Judy Gilbert - Windy Hill Sanctuary
Halema Jamieson – Ecologist
Liz Westbrooke