Find out about the members of the Otago Conservation Board and their additional roles on behalf of the board.

From 1 July 2018, the Otago Conservation Board has eleven members, consisting of nine public members and two iwi appointees. A brief profile for each member is provided below, along with details of member location, terms and Board roles.  

Pat Garden of Millers Flat (Chairperson)

Appointment term: 1 May 2014 to 30 June 2019

Pat has spent his working life as a high-country farmer and has a continuing passion for the hill country landscape and its ecology. He is a Past President and Life Member of the New Zealand Grassland Association and has held extensive government board memberships and chair roles in the areas of science and agriculture. He became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science and agriculture in 2006. Pat’s outdoor recreation interests are fishing and living and working in the high country.

Dr Philippa Agnew of Oamaru

Appointment term: 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021

Dr Agnew is a research scientist with Tourism Waitaki at the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. She has a PhD in marine science, specialising in seabirds, and has extensive experience in environmental management, including maintenance, population management, spatial planning and conservation. She has detailed knowledge around protected species and Marine Protected Areas, and was a member of the South East Marine Protection Forum.

Dr Anna Carr of Dunedin

Appointment term: 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021

Anna is a senior lecturer and Co-Director of the Centre for Recreation Research at the University of Otago. She is an academic/practitioner in nature-based tourism and protected area planning, focusing on the management of landscapes and their cultural values. She is a current member of the NZ Alpine Club and Forest and Bird. Her outdoor recreation interests are photography, climbing, tramping, mountain biking, bird watching, and downhill and cross-country skiing. Anna is of Ngāpuhi (Mahurehure) and Ngāti Ruanui iwi and used to serve on Te Ana Whakairo (Ngāi Tahu Rock Art Centre Trust). 

Board roles:

  • Liaison with Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board

Dr Rosemary Clucas of Dunedin

Appointment term: 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021

Dr Clucas is a nominee of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. She is a qualified scientist, self-employed as a consultant ecologist. Her background  includes environmental management advocacy and cultural awareness, and her consultancy deals with climate change, biodiversity, in-stream flow surveys, and cultural values.

Kimberley Collins of Timaru

Appointment term: 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021

Collins is a science communicator and conservationist who specialises in using digital media to engage people with conservation and the environment. She runs her own business and works part time for the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition. Having previously worked with Forest & Bird, Zealandia Ecosanctuary, and other conservation organisations, she has a strong understanding of conservation at a local and national level.

Ranui Ellison Collins of Dunedin

Appointment term: 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020

Ranui is the Ngāi Tahu Representative on the Otago Conservation Board. Ranui grew up in Dunedin, attending Queens High School and recently graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics, a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Development and a Diploma of Languages enforced in Mandarin.  Ranui's interests include venturing out to areas and building on her knowledge of indigenous species. 

Tara Druce of Alexandra

Appointment term: 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021

Mrs Druce has a background in tourism public policy and research, having been a Senior Research Advisor in the Ministry of Tourism. Now living in Alexandra, she is a self-employed planning consultant, working on tourism, community development, recreation and heritage projects at local, regional and national levels. She is seen as holding highly productive and pro-active relationships in the community.

Bruce Jefferies of Wanaka

Appointment term: 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020

Bruce is an experienced international consultant and practitioner in protected area management and planning. He is a former Conservator (Tai Rawhiti) and Conservation Board member (Tongariro), and a current Member of Forest & Bird. Bruce’s outdoor recreation interests are skiing, fishing, and using the backcountry.  He has a strong interest and commitment to Sagarmatha National Park (Nepal) and is a Himalayan Trust Board member.

Board roles:

  • Member, Land and Water Committee
  • Liaison with Queenstown Lakes District Council
  • Liaison with Fish and Game

Andrea Ludemann of rural Waitaki

Appointment term: 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2020

Andrea is an Administration/Health and Safety Manager for Banarach Farm Limited, and Administrator for the Otago Rural Support Trust. She completed the Governance Development Programme from the Institute of Directors in 2013 and continues with development in governance. She has considerable links into the Waitaki community, and likes to assist the public to understand public processes and resolve concerns and complaints. Andrea’s outdoor recreation interests are cycling, skiing, tramping and gardening.

Board roles:

  • Member, Land and Water Committee
  • Liaison with Waitaki District Council 

Robyn Shanks of Catlins

Appointment term: 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019

Robyn is a sheep and beef farmer at Chaslands in the Catlins and manages the Cathedral Caves tourist attraction for the Māori land owners. She is past chairperson of Catlins Coast Inc., a community organisation set up to help manage tourism increases in the Catlins and remains on the management committee as Treasurer and funding manager. She is also a committee member for Catlins Promotion. Robyn’s outdoor recreational interests are walking, gardening and sea shore activities, such as wildlife and bird watching.

Board Roles

  • Liaison with Southland Conservation Board
  • Liaison with Clutha District Council
  • Representative on the New Zealand Sea Lion Threat Management Plan Forum

Dave Vass of Wanaka

Appointment term: 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2020

Dave has been an enthusiastic adventurer for over 30 years, especially as a mountaineer/climber mainly throughout the southern mountain areas of Fiordland and Otago. He is the co-founder of New Zealand’s first canyoning company based in Wanaka and believes that smaller-scale tourism ventures have a particular ability to interact with nature in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Board roles:

  • Liaison with Queenstown Lake District Council
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