Porirua Harbour Trust

Founding Trustees

Meet all the Founding Trustees who assisted with the set up during 2010 and culminating with the Trust being formed as of March 2011. 

Grant Baker

Grant Baker (Inaugural Chairperson)

Grant worked with Porirua, Wellington and Greater Wellington Councils and Ngati Toa to establish the Porirua Harbour and Catchment Community Trust in 2010. Grant is a founding trustee, the inaugural Chairperson and comes from a conservation background. He was a trustee on Pauatahanui Inlet Community Trust and is a member of IPENZ and the Institute of Directors.

 

Jenny Brash

Jenny Brash

Jenny is the greater Wellington Regional Council representative on the Porirua Harbour Trust. She was Mayor of Porirua City 1998-2010 during which time she led the campaign with GWRC, Ngati Toa and GOPI to establish the Pauatahanui Inlet Community Trust and gained ongoing Porirua City Council funding ($2.6M) for Porirua Harbour restoration ensuring the development of the Porirua Harbour and Catchment Strategy and the setting up of this trust. She is determined to see implementation of the Porirua Harbour and Catchment Strategy and Detailed Action Plan goals (reducing sediment rates and pollutants inputs and restoring ecological health of the harbour) and ensuring GW resources are available to assist this to happen.

 

Lindsay Gow

Lindsay Gow

Lindsay has a long background in public policy and strategy, especially environmental policy as Deputy Secretary for the Environment.  He is now a consultant on strategy and policy issues and related performance.  He lives in Whitby overlooking the Pauatahanui Inlet.  Lindsay is an active user of the Porirua Harbour's waterways and enjoys kayaking and sailing.  He is passionate about improving the quality of the harbour system and its contributing catchment.

 

John Morrison

John Morrison

John spent his working career as a professional engineer working for local and regional government in Wellington, specialising in water supply. His particular retirement interest is in catchment restoration  and he leads the Churton Park Revegetation Group. He is active in community affairs and is a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand.

 

Ngaire Best

Ngaire Best

Ngaire was the founding trustee, appointed by Wellington City Council, where she was the portfolio leader for three waters and waste.  She is both a resident of Tawa and was a member of the Tawa Community board and has a strong interest in improving the ecology of both the Porirua Stream and its receiving environment, the Porirua Harbour. Ngaire stepped dwon from the council in October 2013.

 

Liz Kelly

Liz Kelly

Liz was the original Porirua City Council representative. She is the current Deputy Mayor.  A proud mother of six children and five grandchildren. Liz was born and raised at Takapuwahia on the kai moana from Porirua Harbour and continues to be passionate in progressing the restoration and development of our Harbour to once again be a food basket for all residents of our City. Liz is CEO of one of six Family Service Centres in New Zealand, a Justice of the Peace and certified Resource Commissioner (Chairs Endorsement) with a keen interest in ensuring a balance of enabling activities and protecting our environment for future generations. Liz stepped down from the trust in March 2013.

 

John Wells

John Wells

John is a Whitby resident and has been a member  of the Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet since 2000, but has had a long-term love affair with Pauatahanui Inlet sincve arriving in New Zealand in 1976. He has been on the GOPI committee since 2002 and became Chairperson in 2003. He has been a trustee on the Pauatahanui Inlet Community Trust since 2004. John was a member of the School of Biological Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington for 25 years, first as Professor of Zoology and then as Dean of Science, until retiring in 2001. His research interests are in marine ecology - some of his research was done in Pauatahanui Inlet.

 

Wiremu Wineera

Wiremu Wineera

Wiremu was the iwi Representative for Te Runanga o Toa Rangatira  and a founding trustee, living in the Pa and active harbour user.  The opportunity to represent my iwi and community was a very attractive proposition for him. Wiremu stepped down as a trustee in Martch 2013.

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