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About Us

The Hollyford Conservation Trust – Te Roopu Manaaki o Whakatipu Waitai – is a charitable trust. We are proud to have the support of the Department of Conservation, iwi, visitors and the many people and organisations who have and continue to contribute to our ongoing efforts.

The objective of our trust is to:

  1. actively protect and enhance native flora and fauna in harmony with cultural, social and recreational values at Martins Bay, Lower Hollyford Valley – Whakatipu Kotuku, and in other areas that the Trust agrees to for the benefit of the community; and

  2. advocate for the recognition and respect of cultural history and heritage values in the Fiordland region.

Trustees

  • Ron Anderson – Chairperson
    Founder & Director of Arrow International operations in New Zealand & Australia, Ron is also Trustee of The Carisbrook Stadium Trust (creating the Forsyth Barr Stadium) and Board Member of the New Zealand Winter Games. A keen multi sporter, adventurer, hunter and fisherman, Ron has been a regular in the Hollyford Valley since the early 1980s, and has owned a property at Martins Bay since 1994.

  • Peta Carey – Secretary
    Peta’s formative early years were spent working in the Hollyford Valley, Fiordland, followed by a 25 year career in documentary film-making and journalism around the globe. Now based in Queenstown she enjoys a second home at Whakatipu Kotuku, Martins Bay, with her family.

  • Adam Fairmaid - Deputy Chairperson
    Martins Bay landholder since 1995 Adam divides his time between his family and organising extreme adventure races (Godzone, Eco Challenge, Southern Traverse), property development, a salmon fishery business and hunting and diving throughout Fiordland.

  • Andrew Bowmar
    A farmer in Northern Southland, and member of the Southland Conservation Board, Andrew has a strong link to Fiordland dating back to the 1930s when his grandfather, Sir Erksine Bowmar, was one of the early explorers of the region and purchased land at Martins Bay. Andrew continues to enjoy the area with his extended family and children.

  • Andrew Clegg
    Originally from the North Island where his family has their own conservation project in the Coromandel, Andrew is now a long time resident of Te Anau and shares a property at Martins Bay. A keen hunter, fisherman and jet-boating enthusiast, Andrew is passionate about the wilderness and sharing the area with friends and family.

  • Bard Crawford
    With over 400 trips guiding in the Hollyford Valley, Bard now calls Fiordland home. He is highly respected for his extensive knowledge of the ecology, culture and history of the area and does all he can to share that depth of understanding with all who visit, including Rangatahi, young Maori, and local lads who could do with a bit of “bush time”.

  • Kara Edwards
    Born and raised in Awarua (Haast), Kara is a direct descendant of Chief Tutoko of Whakatipu Kotuku. A frequent visitor to the area Kara feels a firm commitment towards the natural environment. Deputy Chairperson of her hapū, Kāti Māhaki, and deeply involved in all Ngäi Tahu affairs, Kara brings unique skills to the trust with extensive experience in regional authorities, the office of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu and is currently employed with the Department of Conservation as Strategic Iwi Relationship Manager.

  • Andy Lowe
    Managing director of Lowe Corporation, based in Hawkes Bay, Andy has been the initiator and vision keeper behind “Cape Sanctuary”, the largest privately funded mainland wildlife preserve in New Zealand. A relative newcomer to Martins Bay, Andy’s hope is to help restore the environment while continuing to allow people in the area to enjoy the lifestyle that attracts them there.

  • Simon Hall
    Based in Auckland as Executive Chairman of Tasti Foods, Simon Hall is also chairman of the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust, which he established in 2006 to restore the ngahere mauri (forest lifeforce) in several North Island native forests. He now also owns a property on Lake McKerrow where he enjoys exploring the surrounding area.

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Supporters & Partners

The Hollyford Conservation Trust is extremely grateful for the support of all sponsors, benefactors and partners. If you would like to know more about our trust or think you can help please get in touch. We’d love to hear
from you.



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Hollyford Conservation Trust Newsletter #2

If you will be in Martins Bay on 5 September then please join us at the Lodge for a celebration to mark the first anniversary of the Hollyford Conservation Project.

Further details are in our second newsletter, which also includes articles on project progress across all areas of the operation and a brief explanation about our choice of pest control methodology.

Read more on Hollyford Conservation Trust Newsletter #2…

Hollyford Conservation Trust Newsletter #2

If you will be in Martins Bay on 5 September then please join us at the Lodge for a celebration to mark the first anniversary of the Hollyford Conservation Project.

Further details are in our second newsletter, which also includes articles on project progress across all areas of the operation and a brief explanation about our choice of pest control methodology.

Read more on Hollyford Conservation Trust Newsletter #2…

Hollyford Conservation Trust Newsletter #2

If you will be in Martins Bay on 5 September then please join us at the Lodge for a celebration to mark the first anniversary of the Hollyford Conservation Project.

Further details are in our second newsletter, which also includes articles on project progress across all areas of the operation and a brief explanation about our choice of pest control methodology.

Read more on Hollyford Conservation Trust Newsletter #2…