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Conservation Minister Hon Kate Wilkinson has announced two new appointees to the Otago Conservation Board and the reappointment of an existing Board member.

Conservation Minister Hon Kate Wilkinson has announced two new appointees to the Otago Conservation Board and the reappointment of an existing Board member. 

The Department of Conservation Otago Conservator, Marian van der Goes, has welcomed the announcement. "I’m pleased to hear that David Barnes and Susan Stevens are new appointments, and that Abby Smith has been reappointed for another year. They will join existing Board members Gordon Bailey, Francie Diver, David Holdsworth, Garry Nixon, Andrew Penniket, Iris Scott and Jim Williams.

"I feel confident that this mix of Conservation Board members will represent local communities in Otago well, giving sound and strong advice to the Department of Conservation.

"Conservation Boards play a vital role in conservation work and provide a way for local people to be part of conservation decisions. I wish these new members all the best for their new terms.

"A wide range of perspectives and experiences enable the Conservation Board to assist the Department with well-considered advice. I look forward to the skills that the new Board members bring to the current mix," Ms van der Goes said.

She also acknowledged the valuable contributions to the work of the Board made by Chas Tanner, who resigned earlier this year, and retiring member Chas Morris. 

New members:

  • David Barnes, Dunedin. David is a member of the Federated Mountain Clubs of NZ Executive and the NZ Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa. An experienced tramper, he has a strong interest in conservation and recreation management and a good firsthand knowledge of the public conservation lands of Otago.
  • Susan Stevens, Queenstown. Susan is Chairperson of the Gibbston Community Association and was closely involved in the development of the Gibbston River Trail and the protection of Rum Curries Hut in partnership with DOC and NZ Historic Places Trust. She has a background in marketing and market research.

The next three years will be challenging for the Conservation Board as members review the Otago Conservation Management Strategy - a 10-year plan for conservation management in the region.

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