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Appointment of Guardians of Lakes

Hon Steve Chadwick
Minister of Conservation

29 April 2008 Media Release
Appointment of Guardians of Lakes
Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick today announced two appointments to the Guardians of Lakes Manapouri, Monowai and Te Anau.

“I am very pleased to be able to re-appoint Dr Sue Bennett of Te Anau and appoint Dr Chris Shaw of Te Anau for three year terms as Guardians of these important southern lakes,” Steve Chadwick said.

The Guardians of Lakes Manapouri, Monowai and Te Anau are a statutory body established under the Conservation Act 1987. The group advises the Minister on matters arising from environmental, ecological and social impacts of the power schemes on the lakes, and makes recommendations on the operating guidelines for the lake levels.

“Dr Bennett, a self employed environmental consultant, has a PhD in biological sciences and brings her strong scientific background to this role. She has a good understanding of the underlying ecological processes affecting both the lakeshores and the rivers flowing in and out of these lakes.

“Dr Shaw is a consulting company director, and his extensive scientific background, PhD in aerodynamics and Masters in Engineering will be of great benefit to the group. His active interest in conservation in the Fiordland area and involvement with the Pomona Island Charitable Trust also make him a valuable addition to the group.

“I would like to thank both Dr Bennett and Dr Shaw for becoming Guardians and for their future work in promoting the conservation of the Manapouri, Monowai and Te Anau lakes.”

Drs Bennett and Shaw join present Guardians, Dave Riddell, Fred Inder, Jane Davis, Liz Cruickshank, George Ryan and Colin Sinclair.


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