The Mackenzie Country Trust had its beginnings in November 2010 with the Mackenzie Country Symposium in Twizel. Following this symposium a collaborative process with 26 interested parties, known as the Shared Vision Forum, ran over a sixteen-month period. It is the Trust’s role to implement the outcome of that collaborative process, The Mackenzie Agreement, which was signed by 22 parties in 2013.
Partnering to protect the iconic Mackenzie biodiversity & landscapes.
The Trust is a charitable trust established in February 2016. The five trustees are: Julia Mackenzie (Chairperson), Mike Neilson, Peter Wilson, Rob Young and Dr Hugh Logan. You can find a copy of the Trust Deed in the LIBRARY tab.
The Trustees have been establishing the basic building blocks of the Trust following on from its first meeting and a workshop held in late April 2016.
The Trust faced some significant challenges including getting some certainty to its initial funding from Government and the uncertainty of the outcomes of the Mackenzie District Council’s Plan Change 13 and its effect on the farming communities in the Mackenzie.
The goal is to protect and celebrate the iconic Mackenzie biodiversity, landscapes and cultural heritage in collaboration with the Department of Conservation, local landholders, communities and Runanga.
Julia farms Braemar Station on the edge of Lake Pukaki along with her husband, Hamish. Julia has a Bachelor of Agriculture Science from Lincoln University and is a member of Beef and Lamb New Zealand and the Farmer Council for the Central South Island. Julia also runs an accommodation business on Braemar which caters to both local and international visitors and more recently to cyclists on the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail.
Mike is the Director of Ohau Snow Holdings Ltd which operates the Ohau Lodge and Ohau Snowfields. Mike is a long time Ohau resident and is passionate about the Mackenzie and its landscapes. He was involved with the Shared Vision process on behalf of the tourism sector, and the implementation of the Trust via the Mackenzie Working Group. He brings his business skills and knowledge of the Mackenzie community to the Trust table.
Peter is a planner and in his day job works for Fish and Game. He is a very keen tramper and skier and in his spare time President of the Federated Mountain Clubs, an organisation representing many outdoor clubs in N.Z. Peter was involved in the Shared Vision process as a representative of the outdoor recreation sector. He brings his planning skills and knowledge of the South Island High Country to the Trust table.
Rob has been a Twizel local since he arrived here to work as the Area Manager for DOC in 1990. Rob has had a lifelong affinity for Te Manahuna and the mountains that surround it. He was involved with the Shared Vision process, while working for DOC, which led to the formation of the Trust. Following this he worked in a consulting role to both establish and work for the Trust in its first 18 months. Rob brings his environmental, local knowledge and management skills to the Trust.
Hugh has a close association with the Mackenzie Basin for nearly 50 years. He was previously a public service Chief Executive for eleven years heading the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation. Prior to that he headed what is now Antarctica New Zealand. More recently Hugh has been involved with collaborative processes focused on natural resources. He chaired the Land and Water Forum and the Biodiversity Collaborative Group, both of which have produced agreement amongst interest groups on government action that will chart the future for freshwater and indigenous biodiversity management. Hugh has a PhD in environmental public policy.
Rose comes to the Trust from a strong career in government, including Ministry for Primary Industries and the Office of Treaty Settlements, and the private sector. Her experience in community and sector engagement, includes working closely with communities in Northland, Taranaki and Canterbury on regional economic development, supporting at risk young people into work, mining exploration and policy development.