Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New Guardians of Lake Wanaka

New Guardians of Lake Wanaka

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced the appointment of three new Guardians of Lake Wanaka and the reappointment of three other members.

“The Guardians of Lake Wanaka play an important oversight role in the preservation of Lake Wanaka, which is one of the few southern lakes with an unmodified shoreline,” Dr Smith says.

“The lake is protected by special legislation that provides the Guardians with a watchdog role to ensure that the lake and its shoreline remain unspoilt for the enjoyment of future generations.”

The Guardians of Lake Wanaka are empowered under the Lake Wanaka Preservation Act 1973 to report and make recommendations to the Minister of Conservation.

The newly-appointed members are John Darby, Don Robertson and Alan Cone. The re-appointed members are Helen Tail, Barrie Wills and Taare Bradshaw.

All six members have been appointed for a term of three years. The chairperson is yet to be appointed.


John Darby is retired. He was previously the Assistant Director and Head of Sciences at Otago Museum for 44 years. He is involved with many conservation trusts, has a strong interest in natural sciences, and is currently surveying avifauna of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hayes.

Don Robertson is retired. He was the Chief Scientist for Biodiversity and Biosecurity for NIWA and has 38 years of experience in aquatic resource management and research. He is also involved with the Guardians of Lake Hawea.

Alan Cone is a semi-retired farmer and businessman. He has held a number of community positions and has a keen interest in environmental issues. He has previously been involved with Lake Wanaka issues.

Helen Tait has been a guardian for the previous five years as the chair. Helen is a self-employed tour escort consultant specialising in planning and project management. She has 26 years’ experience and has held various positions with local councils and New Zealand and Australian government.

Barrie Wills has been a guardian for one term previously. Barrie is self-employed and operates under the trading name Central Environmental Services. Previously, he was a scientist with Landcare Research and AgResearch. He has positions, and previous experience, with many trusts, boards and charitable organisations mostly associated with the community or the environment.

Taare Bradshaw is the Ngāi Tahu nominee. He has been a Guardian since the late 1990s.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news