The Auckland Conservation Board has 11 members appointed by the Minister of Conservation. Find out more about the current members of the Board.

Nicola MacDonald of Auckland (Chairperson)

Appointment term: 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021

Nicola of Ngāti Rehua and Ngāti Wai descent, is a current member of a number of governance bodies, including the Hauraki Gulf Forum, Aotea Conservation Park Advisory Committee, and the Māori Women’s Welfare League. She has experience in leading environmental programmes such as the Restore Rakitū and Bring Back Kōkako projects.

Dr Andrew Jeffs of Auckland (Deputy Chairperson)

Appointment term: 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2021

Andrew is a marine scientist at the University of Auckland and managing director of Two Fathom Ltd. He has broad scientific, environmental and business knowledge, as well as a prior knowledge of the Department of Conservation’s work and functioning. He holds a PhD in Marine Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Commerce.

Dr Nathan Kennedy of Waihi 

Appointment term: 1 October 2014 to 30 June 2023

Nathan is the nominee of the Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau - Marutūāhu rōpū entity. He is of Ngāti Whanaunga, Marutūāhu, and Ngāti Hei descent. Nathan is a Treaty negotiator for Ngāti Whanaunga, GIS (geographic information systems) analyst, and was environment officer for Ngāti Whanaunga for over 15 years. He is currently engaged as the senior Māori heritage technical specialist within Auckland Council's Chief Planning Office.

Natalie Hansby of Te Atatū Peninsula

Appointment Term: 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023

Ms Hansby is an experienced senior manager in conservation, local government, and tourism, with experience in strategic planning, risk management, operationalising strategy and community empowerment. She has eight years’ experience as a senior manager at Auckland Zoo and is a former board member of GirlGuiding New Zealand.

Pengbo Jiang of Auckland

Appointment Term: 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022

Pengbo is an experienced board member and advisor in public and not-for-profit sectors. He holds a Master’s degree in Management and has a Certificate in Māori Studies. With a background in volunteering he is a recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in recognition of work in the community.

Mervyn Kerehoma of Orakei

Appointment term: 7 July 2020 to 30 June 2023

Mervyn is the Ngāti Whatua Rōpū nominee. He has experience in cultural engagement, and as a relationship liaison. He has understanding of ecology restoration planning, pest management, and biodiversity monitoring.

Fale (Andrew) Lesā of Auckland

Appointment term: 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021

Fale is a policy consultant at the Asian Development Bank and serves on the boards of UNITEC, MIT, and Philanthropy New Zealand, and is a Justice of the Peace. He is also a proud member of the Auckland Council's Rainbow Communities Advisory Panel and the Child & Youth Mortality Review Committee for the Ministry of Health. He has spent the last ten years serving as an elected member of the Manurewa High School Board. He is passionate about community conservation and merging traditional knowledge with conservation science. 

Lyn Mayes of Albany

Appointment term: 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2021

Lyn is the company director and founder of a management consultancy. She believes in consensus building and is an advocate for wider industry engagement with conservation programmes. She has been a member of many boards and is familiar with the public sector and policy development. Her outdoor recreation interests are running, walking and gardening.

Malcolm Page of Auckland

Appointment term: 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2023

Malcolm has over 30 years’ experience in parks & recreation management, including 22 years in Auckland with Manukau City Council and most recently with Auckland Council following local government re-organisation. He has held positions in parks operations, planning, policy and strategy, and has a range of management experience in recreation and access, heritage and landscape protection, ecological restoration, and environmental education and community engagement. Malcolm has developed co-management agreements in partnership with Ngai Tai Ki Tamaki and Te Akitai Waiohua.

Kate Waterhouse of Auckland and Aotea

Appointment term: 19 November 2019 to 30 June 2022

Kate is an experienced business and conservation leader.  She is a management consultant with business strategy and change experience across local government, the public sector and in service industries in New Zealand and globally. Kate advocates for biodiversity and chairs the Aotea Great Barrier Environmental Trust and is Deputy Chair of the Aotea Conservation Park Advisory Committee. She is a poet, editor and mother of three daughters and has spent time in Auckland’s nature from an early age.


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