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New directors appointed to QEII National Trust

Media Release

3 July 2007

New directors appointed to QEII National Trust

Two new directors have been appointed to the Board of the Queen Elizabeth the Second National Trust by Hon Chris Carter, the Minister of Conservation.

“We are pleased to welcome Bernard Card and Edward Ellison to the Board,” said Sir Brian Lochore, Chairperson of QEII Trust.

“Bernard Card has had a lifetime career in land management, farming and conservation with various roles from 1969-1987 at the Department of Lands and Survey. Bernard was General Manager since incorporation of Landcorp in 1987 until his recent retirement. He has a wealth of farming knowledge spread the length and breadth of New Zealand,” he said.

“Edward Ellison has farmed on the Otago Peninsula for over 37 years and is of Ngāi Tahu, Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Mutunga descent. Edward has had experience on a wide range of boards and trusts including Deputy Chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu 1996-2004, New Zealand Conservation Authority 1996-2004 and Otago Conservation Board 1992-1996. He is currently on the University of Otago Council and the Sustainable Water Programme of Action Ministerial Advisory Group,” said Sir Brian.

QEII National Trust is the leading organisation involved in landscape and biodiversity protection on private land in New Zealand. The Trust has 2,600 registered covenants (legal agreements) protecting nearly 85,000 hectares of New Zealand’s natural features in perpetuity.

The purpose of QEII Trust is to encourage and promote the provision, protection and enhancement of open space for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of New Zealand.

An open space covenant is a legal agreement between QEII Trust and a landowner to protect an identified feature or site. Covenants protect a variety of open spaces and biodiversity, including indigenous forests, shrublands, wetlands, lakes, coastlines, tussock grasslands, rural landscapes, archaeological sites and geological formations. The Trust also helps by contributing funds for covenant projects such as fencing and advising landowners on managing their covenants.

ENDS

For more information see www.openspace.org.nz

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