The Auckland Conservation Board has 11 members appointed by the Minister of Conservation. The Board is currently carrying 2 vacancies. Find out more about the current members of the Board.

Nicola MacDonald of Auckland (Chairperson)

Appointment term: 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2024

Nicola (of Ngāti Rehua, Ngāti Wai, Te Rarawa, Te Atiawa, and Ngāti Maru ki Taranaki), 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.

Natalie Devery of Auckland

Appointment term: 2 July 2021 to 30 June 2024

Natalie brings a legal background with a keen interest in environmental and human rights law. She is interested in environmental protection, and skilled in legal research and drafting. Miss Devery is Te Atiawa – Tainui and has an inherent understanding of the Māori world view.


Jody Jackson-Becerra of Auckland

Appointment term: 2 July 2021 to 30 June 2024

Jody has worked in education, strategy and planning. She has an academic background in business sustainability and disaster management, and a passion for climate action and youth engagement. She brings a Pasifika viewpoint to the work of the board.

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.

Dr Nathan Kennedy of Waihi 

Appointment term: 1 October 2014 to 30 June 2023

Nathan (of Ngāti Whanaunga, Marutūāhu, and Ngāti Hei) is nominated by Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau / Marutūāhu rōpū. 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.

Mervyn Kerehoma of Orakei

Appointment term: 7 July 2020 to 30 June 2023

Mervyn (of Ngāti Karaua and Ngāti  Whanaunga) is nominated by 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.

Dr Shane Lavery of Auckland

Appointment term: 2 July 2021 to 30 June 2024

Shane is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland and offers over 40 years’ experience in marine and terrestrial biological conservation research. He has extensive knowledge of biodiversity and has served on several advisory boards.

Gael Ogilvie of Auckland

Appointment term: 2 July 2021 to 30 June 2022

Gael is the Director of Nature's Grace Aotearoa. She has extensive governance experience, serving on a number of Boards and Steering Groups concerned with environmental sustainability. She is currently a Board member of the NZ Ecolabelling Trust.


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 writer and consultant with strategy, facilitation and change experience across the public and private sector in New Zealand and globally. Kate advocates for a collaborative approach to biodiversity and ecosystems restoration and is Chair of the Aotea Great Barrier Environmental Trust, Deputy Chair of the Aotea Conservation Park Advisory Committee and a trustee of the Hauturu Supporters Trust. She is married with three daughters and is completing a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Auckland.


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