where we came from
The idea of a land trust in New Zealand has been in the ether for some years and the practice is already well underway in the UK, Europe and North America. Inspired by the creative ways these overseas trusts were tackling exactly the same issues as we have here, the late Elisabeth Alington pulled together a group of trustees and set up The Land Trust.
THE LAND TRUST TRUSTEES
Carolyn Hughes has a background in running businesses in Europe and Asia. She is Manager at the Nelson Environment Centre for climate change, carbon reduction and clean energy projects. Formerly posted at the Australian Embassy in Beijing as Australian Trade Commissioner she now enjoys a quieter life on a biodynamic-organic property in Tasman.
Greg Hart grew up on a family farm near Methven, mid Canterbury and gained a Bachelor of Agriculture from Massey University. With his wife Rachel, Greg farms Mangarara Station in Hawkes Bay, transitioning a traditional sheep and cattle station to a diverse integrated regenerative farm of the future.
Nick Gerritsen graduated from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). He specialises in developing technology propositions and has been a leader in promoting New Zealand’s contribution to the global clean tech revolution. He is co-founder of leading renewable fuel developer NXT Fuels, Celsias, and Carbonscape, and is Chairman of The National Whale Centre Development Trust.
Ian Johnson hails from South Auckland. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at The University of Auckland, subsequently working for various public sector organisations over 40 years. He is an accountant at The University of Auckland.
Adrian Barkla owner/manager of New World, Remuera, is on a mission to prove that organic food doesn’t have to be expensive. Much of the organic fresh produce sold in his store is priced the same as alternative choices. His efforts have literally kept local growers in business.
Ton van der Meer emigrated to New Zealand over forty years ago after he obtained a Masters degree in business economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He was the general manager of Prometheus, an ethical banking organisation in Hawkes Bay before his retirement. He is a strong advocate of not-for-profit-only businesses where economic and social/environmental objectives can be successfully integrated.
Tony Banks has two livelihoods. He and his wife Maggie own a small farm 2 acres south of Hamilton, growing healthy food - organically and according to permaculture and self-sufficiency principles. His other livelihood is as a sole-practitioner lawyer, working in the areas of conveyancing, small business, trusts/wills and disability law. He is committed to promoting environmental issues in all aspects of legal practice, not just in resource management law.