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Educator appointed as chairperson of Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board

Teacher Jan Finlayson has been appointed to the chairperson role for the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board, announced Canterbury Conservator Mike Cuddihy today. 

Jan Finlayson is on her second term with the board, and has the confidence of existing long-standing members to lead the group towards a stronger partnership with the Department of Conservation in Canterbury. 

“Conservation boards play a vital role in providing independent advice on local conservation issues and a means for local communities to be a part of conservation decisions,” said Mr Cuddihy. 

Jan Finlayson.
Jan Finlayson - chairperson

“Jan has the ability to work with people from many walks of life and is inspired by the uniqueness of New Zealand’s natural heritage. 

“The Department looks forward to working with Jan and the board as we together develop our new Conservation Management Strategy that sets the vision for the next ten years,” said Mr Cuddihy. 

Jan Finlayson has been an English teacher and partner in a family farm for around 20 years. She is involved in the community via several groups such as the Orari River Protection Group and its whio restoration project; the New Zealand Alpine Club; World Wildlife Fund; the local farming community, and has spent five years on the boards of Carew, Peel Forest and Geraldine High Schools. (2004 to present). 

She has an interest in the developing links between conservation and education, as encouraged by the New Zealand curriculum and the Enviroschools programme. 

“To have someone with a strong interest in education in the role can only be a good thing, especially as the Department has recently released its Education Strategy,” said Mr Cuddihy. 

Jan replaces Steve Lowndes who left the board earlier this year. 

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