Our people


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

Peta’s formative early years were spent working in the Hollyford Valley, Fiordland, followed by a career in documentary film-making and writing around the globe. Based in Queenstown, she has had a long association with Whakatipu Waitai, Martins Bay. 

Andrew Bowmar

A farmer in Northern Southland, and once a 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 has 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 Māori, 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 Tūtoko of Whakatipu Waitai. 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 Ngāi Tahu affairs, Kara brings unique skills to the trust with extensive experience in regional authorities, the office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and is currently employed with the Whenua Kura Charitable Trust as a Relationship Manager as well as a private consultant focused on environmental and rangatahi development programmes.

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.


Michael Pullar (Secretary, Treasurer)

Michael was the Trust’s Project Manager for four years and was instrumental in setting up the project. He lives in Dunedin and has a professional background as a lawyer, lecturer, and senior manager within the outdoor recreation and education not-for-profit sectors. Michael stepped down as Trust Manager in 2019 but joined the board as a Trustee, becoming Secretary/Treasurer in 2020. 

Lindsay Wilson – Trust Manager

Lindsay is the Trust’s part-time manager.

We want to see a healthy and thriving native ecosystem in the lower Hollyford Valley, with diverse and abundand bird life free from the risk of predation by possums, stoats and rats.

Our Vision

To protect, enhance and restore all native flora and fauna for the enjoyment of all, today and for generations well into the future.

About The Trust

The Hollyford Conservation Trust was formed in June 2014 to establish a ‘mainland island’ sanctuary in the lower Hollyford Valley, in partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and other stakeholders.

Pest control

This project was established in 2014 after local landowners realised the impact introduced pests were having on the Lower Hollyford Valley – the birdsong was gone, and the canopy was collapsing, with the more palatable species such as southern rātā and fuschia being browsed extensively to the point of dieback.

Bird translocations

One of the key long term aspirations of the project is to return species that once lived in the project area but have become locally extinct.

Cliff Broad Tawaki Project

The Cliff Broad Tawaki pest control project is a trapping line along the rocky coastline to the North of Martins Bay to protect Fiordland crested penguins/tawaki during the breeding season.  This project is funded by a generous donation from the Broad family in memory of their father Cliff Broad, who had a special bond with the Hollyford Valley and Martins Bay.

Latest News

2019 annual bird monitoring

2019 annual bird monitoring

The results of the 2019 bird monitoring show birdlife in the valley has increased significantly since intensive pest control began in 2015.

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February 2020 floods in the Hollyford Valley

February 2020 floods in the Hollyford Valley

Early February brought record rainfall to the Hollyford Valley, causing signficant damage to the Hollyford and Milford roads, as well as causing large slips and damage to tracks, huts, and the Trust's own infrastructure. 1,000mm of rain fell in a 60 hour period in...

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