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

Dr Emma Cronin (Acting Chair) – Glenfern Sanctuary
Professor John Ogden MSc., PhD., DSc., FRSNZ – Awana Catchment Trust
Emmy Pratt – Great Barrier Marine Radio
Kate Waterhouse – Change Manager
June Brookes
Alison Walker


Dame Anne Salmond – Patron

Former Trustees

Judy Gilbert
Liz Westbrooke
Tony Bouzaid 1940–2011 - Tribute from the GBI Trust / Eulogy by Mike Lee
Fenella Christian – Community representative
Peter Edmonds – Artist

Des Casey – Counsellor
Halema Jamieson – Ecologist