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MCT presents at EDS Through New Eyes Landscape Conference

MCT presented at the Environmental Defence Society Landscape Conference – Through New Eyes in August 2019. We gave a community perspective on protecting natural and cultural landscapes, and our vision for the Mackenzie Drylands Heritage Area. The Mackenzie Drylands Heritage Area is a project we are working on in collaboration with DOC and the Treaty partner. We hope the Mackenzie Drylands Heritage Area can protect and celebrate, not just the natural history but the Māori, pastoral, electricity generation, recreation and…

Dr Hugh Logan Appointed Trustee

The Trustees are pleased to welcome Dr Hugh Logan as a Trustee on the Mackenzie Country Trust. Hugh has a close association with the Mackenzie Basin for nearly 50 years – especially in his late teens and early 20s working in the Basin. More recently Hugh produced the Mackenzie Basin - Opportunities for Agency Alignment along with John Hutchings. Hugh has a PhD in environmental public policy and 40 years’ experience in natural resource management. He was previously a public…

Website images – a thank you.

Geoff Mason who has kindly provided several credited images for this website has had a long photographic and teaching career in New Zealand.  Geoff was a resident of Twizel for many years and in his time in the Mackenzie captured many stunning images of the area. Geoff’s work has appeared in the New Zealand Geographic magazine, on Discovery Channel, and National Geographic television documentaries. His photographic collections of New Zealand landscapes and images from his travels in China, Asia and…

Mackenzie Country Trust welcomes report

Chair of the Mackenzie Country Trust, Julia Mackenzie, has welcomed the report Mackenzie Basin – Opportunities for Agency Alignment completed by Dr Hugh Logan and John Hutchings launched today in Tekapo. The report contains several recommendations, including how the Mackenzie Country Trust could improve its effectiveness. “We are pleased that the report recognises that the vision of the Mackenzie Country Trust is strongly supported”, says Mrs Mackenzie. “The Trust is keen to work with the Mackenzie community, government agencies and…

The latest meeting

The MCT usually meets every two months with the last meeting being held in early February 2018. At the previous meeting in November the Trustees met with the Mayor of the Mackenzie District Council, Graham Smith and discussed Plan Change 13 and the District Plan Review. At the February meeting, Rose Austen-Falloon was welcomed on board to her new role as General Manager and briefed the Trustees on how she had been familiarising herself in the first two weeks in…

Liaison with the Upper Waitaki Zone Committee

The Trust has been in dialogue with the Upper Waitaki Zone Committee (UWZC) in the earlier phases of its setup.  This is one of the groups we need to continue to dialogue with as we have many common goals.

Plan Change 13 (PC13)

The Trust has not been directly involved with PC13. However, we have undertaken to outline our role to the Court so that they are aware of the Trust and its role.   The Plan Change, if it goes ahead in its current form will result in significantly stricter rules around development and irrigation.  It is too early to be able to see how these changes might affect the Trust goals and role.

Future generations are what we are about!

Mike Neilson has just become a grandfather, for the second time, with a granddaughter born in the USA.  Mike is highly motivated by the fact we need to leave some of the grandeur of the Mackenzie Basin for the next generations.  Now, Mike will have to work extra hard to make sure he doesn’t get asked the hard questions in a few years’ time.

Dream for iconic Mackenzie Basin one step closer to reality

In Twizel yesterday members of the Mackenzie Country Trust formally adopted their Strategic Framework, bringing them one step closer to realising a universal dream to protect the unique and precious landscapes of the Mackenzie Basin while at the same time, supporting a flourishing and sustainable economy. It has taken five years to get to this point after the release of “The Mackenzie Agreement – A Shared Vision”, the result of a difficult but productive process where opposing stakeholders sat down,…

Mackenzie Country Trust Update #2.

The Mackenzie Country Trust was launched in Tekapo in late February by the Associate Minister of Conservation, Hon. Nicky Wagner. In the five months since the Trust met for an inaugural two-day workshop in late April, two Trust meetings have been held. The Trust will be meeting again later this month. The seven trustees are Mike Neilson (Chairman), Claire Barlow, Marie Brown, Julia Mackenzie, Paddy Boyd, David Stone and Peter Wilson. The Trust is currently developing a concise Strategic Plan.…

Mackenzie Country Trust Update for the Shared Vision Forum

This is an update on the work and progress of the Mackenzie Country Trust launched back in February at Tekapo. The Trust met for a two day workshop in Twizel on the 27-28 April. The workshop was the first significant meeting of the Trust and the first stage in the process of developing a strategy and tools for undertaking the Trusts’ work as set out in the Deed and Mackenzie Agreement. The workshop included presentations by DOC staff on tenure…

Mackenzie Country Trust launched at Tekapo

The Mackenzie Country Trust was launched in Tekapo this morning with a presentation from three of the trustees at the Blue Greens Forum. The Trust Deed was signed and Trust established by the Associate Minister of Conservation Hon. Nicky Wagner as the Settlor with the handover of a one dollar gold coin last night. The establishment of this Trust had its beginnings in November 2010 with the Mackenzie Country Symposium in Twizel. A collaborative process with the 26 interested parties,…