Greg has chaired the Trust since 2010. Greg sees Bream Head Scenic Reserve as an icon of scenic and ecological restoration without a fence. Bream Head is also a passion that is held very strong as a wider community with an appreciation of its bi-cultural significance. Currently he is also the Councillor on District Council for the Whangarei Heads Ward and Chair of the Planning Committee. Previously, he was Director of Planning for Northland and then had a career advising city and local government, worldwide. He enjoys involvement with the trustees, rangers and volunteers where everyone has the same agenda, as well as the results that the Trust is beginning to achieve in times of political uncertainty towards conservation and the conservation estate.
Sheryl is honorary Trustee in her capacity as Whangarei Mayor.
Annie has been our Secretary and Minute Taker since 2011 and thoroughly enjoys the involvement and the passion that the Trust offers. As an advocate of conservation and preservation of NZ fauna and flora she says her involvement in what the Trust is striving for and achieving is both rewarding and fulfilling. She is also involved with other community groups in the Whangarei District that offer fulfillment.
Bill is a retired chartered accountant, having practised in Whangarei for 30 years. He became involved with the Trust initially participating in a planting day in 2011 and subsequently taking responsibility for the finances later that year, becoming a trustee in 2012. These responsibilities entail the preparation of monthly and annual financial statements, GST returns, liaison with auditors and funding providers, preparation of annual budgets and payment of accounts. From his Urquhart Bay bach he looks out at Mount Lion and enjoys making the most of what the Reserve has to offer.
Lil says: I have enjoyed visiting Whangarei Heads since my teenage years and from the year 2000 I have been lucky enough to call it home. My children grew up enjoying this special place and have all maintained a strong connection, coming home to put down roots and raise their families here; it makes me immensely proud to think they too appreciate and value this special place, and are supporting local initiatives to conserve this taonga. I am keen to support the Trust in their work to protect, enhance and enrich our natural resource – I am in awe of the incredible work the trust has done over the years. I have had a long career in education, and was privileged to be principal at Whangarei Heads School for 9 rewarding years. I believe it is very important that we connect with our young people to help them appreciate the significance of the conservation areas here at Whangarei Heads. Growing this awareness will ensure areas such as this will continue to be valued by future generations. There is huge potential to collaborate with schools and tertiary education facilities with mutual benefits, and I hope to enhance relationships with all stakeholders to maximize these opportunities. I currently chair the Education Committee for the Trust.
Roger says: I was born and raised in the county of Kent (The Garden of England) and developed an early passion for nature and the environment. An avid “twitcher” (bird watcher) from early days influenced by my father, a teacher and naturalist. I trained in medicine in London (UK) and have been fortunate to have lived and worked in a number of countries with my wife Ruth and travelled extensively, including a nearly two year sailing voyage from the East Coast of the USA to the West Coast of the USA via the Panama canal and a wide circumnavigation of the Pacific including Alaska. We finally “dropped anchor” in Northland after a few years in Australia including a memorable year working for Aboriginal communities in the Kimberly region of NW Australia. We arrived in Parua Bay in 1983 by which time Ruth sensibly refused another move as we had three small children and needed to put some roots down. I have worked as a specialist Paediatrician and Ruth as an Ultrasonographer. We have four adult children and eight grandchildren, all living in NZ and keeping us busy since retirement in March of this year (2018). We both feel very strongly that the unique flora and fauna of this beautiful, but much damaged land, must not only be preserved, but restored, Sir Paul Callaghan’s “Apollo Programme”. Many would say an aspirational goal only, but I would say achievable judging by what this trust and other communities around the country are achieving. As a new trustee, I am in awe of what BHCT has achieved to this point. As a recent European immigrant, I am cognisant of the need to walk alongside Mana Whenua in all our efforts to reach this common goal. Should we succeed, I believe that the impact on our physical, mental and spiritual health as a nation could be immense.
Annelies and her husband sailed from Holland to New Zealand entering Whangarei Harbour in 2000. They moved on land in 2007 and settled in Taurikura, looking out on Bream Head Reserve and the water. Annelies has a background in logistics and project management. Having enjoyed so many beautiful places on her travels, she is keen to grow awareness of this beautiful taonga in our midst, to the wider community.
Nicola had an unexpected move from Auckland to Bream Head in 2017. With a love for the bush and trail running, Nicola signed up as trapper in the Reserve shortly after, and has been volunteering for the Trust for over four years. With a law degree, extensive dispute resolution and litigation experience and a passion for the Trust’s work, Nicola wanted to donate her time and skills to organisations that aim to provide better outcomes for the environment and Northland’s communities. Taking a step back from litigation, Nicola now works as a corporate planner and legal advisor for the Northland Regional Council, and also serves as a trustee for the Northland Community Foundation. Nicola enjoys spending her weekends at the beach with her children and coaching nippers at the Whangarei Heads Surf Lifesaving Club.
Geoff Pike is a founding member of the organisation and an enthusiastic volunteer who lives locally and believes strongly in the value of the environment.
Jenny is originally from Canada and moved to NZ with her Kiwi husband in 2011. She is a keen volunteer and loves the NZ bush. While in Canada, Jenny worked as a fundraiser and was actively involved in managing a program consisting of a large group of volunteers. Jenny is also the Volunteer and Fundraising Co-ordinator.
You might be forgiven for thinking that salt water courses through Jon’s veins. His professional connection with the sea stretches back to 1975 when he began his career in the British Merchant Navy as a cadet deck officer. This was followed by various shore-based mercantile roles, from port operations superintendent in Papua New Guinea through to marine consultancy and surveying with Houston, Texas-based Noble, Denton & Associates, specialising in transportation and installation of mobile offshore drilling units and offshore fixed structures. Jon’s involvement with port operations in and around Whangarei harbour started in 1994 when hewas appointed operations manager at Northland Stevedoring Services Ltd. He became manager there before transferring to Nelson in 2002, where he ran Stevedoring Services (Nelson) Ltd. He went on to become harbourmaster at the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and deputy harbourmaster and operations manager at the Port of Freemantle, before returning to Whangarei in 2007 as chief executive of Northport Ltd.
The ocean is not just Jon’s livelihood, it’s his playground too. He is a keen sailor, diver and kayaker. He has owned four properties at or near Bream Head over the years and is determined to help ensure that growth and enhanced economic wellbeing in the area does not come at the expense of our environment.
Kia ora, My name is Tom Grinsted. I've recently moved to Whangārei from Wellington with my partner and our two young boys. Searching for a lifestyle change, a warmer climate, less earthquakes and (for me) less competition when running up steep hills for KOM's (Yeah it's a super niche activity involving timing yourself with a running App) are some of the reasons we made the move north.Eager to get involved in the local community I started out as a volunteer on Y-Line with BHCT treasurer Bill M. showing me the ropes (Literally).Before I knew it I was working a couple of days a week for BHCT. Some of the team have described me as a "lanky, long legged, hairy faced Dad"... this is actually pretty accurate. Whilst most recently I have been a proud stay at home dad, my background career wise is in graphic design and web development having worked for a Wellington company for 10yrs producing websites for clients such as Forest and Bird! I have a love for the outdoors and enjoy tramping, rock climbing, mountain biking, surfing... you get the idea. A move into conservation was the obvious next step.So far I'm really enjoying the challenging terrain and beautiful scenery of Bream Head as well as learning more about biodiversity restoration and the nuances of trapping from the fantastic team of rangers and volunteers.See you round!
Kia ora, my name is Tom.
I was born and raised on the Coromandel Peninsula, where I developed a keen interest in conservation and got stuck into a variety of community projects from a young age. I spent five years studying at the University of Otago, completing a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Ecology and a Master of Wildlife Management. Through tertiary study, I gained skills in handling, marking, observing, and surveying a range of wild animals. With this knowledge, I completed my postgraduate research on Mana Island off the Kapiti coast, where I focussed on an island translocation of green geckos.
After publishing my research, I moved to Northland and started work at the Department of Conservation in the Kauri Coast office, with a goal of strengthening my skills in pest control. My main role was project lead for Trounson Kauri Park and Kaipara North Head, where I gained extensive experience in species monitoring, pest control, kauri dieback mitigation, as well as operation planning, reporting, and analysis. As part of the wider DOC team, I was involved in animal handling, community engagement, weed control, and responding to marine mammal strandings. I recently moved to Whangārei Heads and am excited to be a part of the important mahi carried out by the Bream Head/Te Whara Conservation Trust.
Outside of work, I enjoy fishing, surfing, and spending quality time with friends and family. Growing up on the Coromandel, the habitats and coastline feel very familiar. I am looking forward to exploring the local area and preserving the inhabiting biodiversity for future generations, including my young son who I hope will learn the importance of conservation through active involvement in our new backyard.
Kia ora koutou katoa,
Ko Rangituhi te maunga
Ko Pauatahanui te moana
Ko Mana te whenua
Ko Ngati Toa te whare
Ko Hadden Morrison tōku ingoa
It’s been a real pleasure and honour getting out into some of Aotearoa’s ātaahua taiao and helping with the mahi BHCT have so successfully sustained over the past 25 years. Having recently moved to Whangārei Heads after stints managing remote lodges in Kangaroo Valley, NSW and Pureora Forest Park, I’m now happy to call the Heads home and have been grateful for the welcome so many of you have given my wife, my newborn son Munro & I since arriving.
I’ve had a varied work history, not one you would call a career. To mention a few; producing major events, touring with bands and comedians, snowmaking, canyon guiding, managing and building various restaurants and bars, managing sponsorships, selling radio advertising and DJing shows, installing artworks or ‘placemaking’ and policing the internet.
Hence, I’m currently a ‘dog’s body’ – doing whatever is needed on the hill and learning the ropes quickly. I was lucky enough to spend a bit of time with Simon Braithwaite before he left and have voluntarily been doing G-Line for the past year and a half. I’m currently doing SW Mustelids, C & A West, Au, B, Q, Placo, NW Boundary and the Predator Free 2050 install but happy to pick up anything that needs doing. There’s no better office in the world!
G’day…Keith grew up under the shadow of Pukaha Mount Bruce on the banks of the Ruamahanga river. A bush bashing Wairarapa boy that came seeking warmer weather and fall in love with Whangarei Heads landscape and community. Now living at Ocean beach, when he’s not on the hill he’s in the water. Keith has a background in biodiversity restoration and monitoring having studied environmental management at Otago University and worked in DOC’s tier 1 monitoring team and offshores islands teams on Raoul Island and the Hen and Chicks.
“For me working on Bream Head Scenic Reserve combines two great joys in my life. I can be up on the hill and looking out at the surf, or I can be out in the waves and looking up at the bush, thinking how lucky and grateful I am to live and work in a place like this!”