Meet the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust trustees…

John Pullar

Chairperson - Trustee since 2015

I am a Past President of the Rotary Club of Whakatane West. A Paul Harris Fellow (Sapphire Pin) and an Honorary Member for Life of the Rotary Club of Whakatane West. Past President Whakatane Registered Master Builders Association, Life Member Whakatane Town AFC and long time Sponsor of the Club Councillor on the Whakatane District Council 2013-2016. During that time I was Chairperson of the Museum Redevelopment Governance Group, Chairperson of Creative NZ grants committee, liaison Councillor for the Whakatane Community Board. WDC Youth Council, Member of the Museum Board of Control. Member of the Grow Whakatane Board, Young Achievers Awards committee and the Annual Grants committee. Currently am a member of the Sun Pacific Villas Timeshare Body Corporate Management Group and Chairperson of the Whakatane Kiwi Trust.

I am a team person and believe that everyone is entitled to their views even if they differ from my own. There are many ways to achieve an objective.

I am also very Community minded. This community and District has been very good to me and my Family which is why I enjoy giving something back.


Malcolm Whitaker

Trustee - Trustee since 2005

Malcolm became involved with the Trustatitsinception,andisafamiliar face in the local community.  Malcolm was a Regional Councillor for 12 years and initiated the Ōhiwa Harbour Strategy. He was a member of the Ōhiwa Harbour Implementation Committee, which administered the Strategy’s implementation.

Malcolm currently practises as a Naturopath and Osteo-Therapist, and his motto is ‘healthy people and a healthy environment’.  He wants to see more people take an interest in their environment, to protect and enhance our beautiful surroundings. 


Clive Tozer

Trustee - Trustee since 2009

Clive has been a Trustee since 2009 and currently has governance overview responsibility
for the Biodiversity Management portfolio which includes predator and pest control.
Since growing up on the edge of the Waitakere ranges in West Auckland, Clive has been
captivated by our native flora and fauna, the complexities of ecosystems and the impacts
people and introduced species can have.
With an agricultural science background, his career was initially focused on farm level
soil and water conservation programs with catchment authorities throughout NZ and in
Australia; he then held Environmental Manager positions with large forestry companies
and a Group Manager Operations role with Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Clive
currentlyworksforOpus Consultants in Whakatane.
Clive is involved with a number of local community projects through his active
membership of the Whakatane West Rotary and enjoys a wide range of outdoor pursuits
and travel. He and his wife Wendy have 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren.  


Jacqui Hughes

ONZM – Trustee – Trustee since 2009

Jacqui was appointed as a Trustee in 2009 to establish the education portfolio, which she continues to manage.  

Jacqui brings to the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust a broad range of experience in governance, management and community development gained from many years in public, private and community organisations. She has been the CEO of  Eastbay REAP, and a Regional Councillor, for 12 years. During this time she chaired the Environmental Monitoring, Hearings and Finance committees and was also Deputy Chair of the Council.  She has served terms on several national committees and boards including the Port of Tauranga Ltd. She is currently a Ministerial appointee to the BOP Community Response Forum.

Jacqui’s interest in environmental protection and enhancement sees her involved with four other community care groups. She established the annual ‘Birdsaplenty Festival’ 13 years ago as a way to highlight the diverse range of bird species in the region and to showcase the work of the care groups in the area.


Marguerite Timbs

Trustee - Trustee since 2009

Marguerite's background is in business. For 25 years she and her late husband Graham owned and operated the Awakeri Hot Springs, completely redeveloping the complex to the thriving tourist resort that it is today. Semi-retirement has given Marguerite the opportunity to becomemoreinvolvedincommunitybasedorganisations. Marguerite was a foundation member of the successful AwakeriEventsCentre,andhasbeena member of the local Quota Club since 2005, which has seen her involved in community projects and fundraising for local charities.

Marguerite's involvement with the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust allows her to share herloveandcommittmenttotheWhakatāne District with a focus on events and marketing. Any spare time Marguerite does have is spent with her family, enjoying golf and life at Lake Rotoma.

Mary Hermanson

Trustee - Trustee since 2012

Mary’s previous role as Marketing and Economic Development Manager for the Whakatāne District Council means she is well aware of the importance of Trust activities to the visitor experience in Whakatāne.

She has governance responsibility for the funding and marketing portfolio and is keen to see the Trust activities expand to include other species.

Mary is self-employed and enjoys golf, tramping and water sports.


Sue Laurent

Trustee - Trustee since 2015

I have been a volunteer for the Kiwi project since 2010, I startedasachickpingerandgraduallyas the need to learn more about Kiwi took over I have been learning how to find, catch and handle kiwi.

I have been a trustee since 2015.CurrentlyIamalso a team leaderforthechickpingersandpartof the education team.

I come from an education background, retired from being Deputy Principal at Allandale School, so being a lifetime learner means I need to keep learning!

Other interests include family and I love seeing them involved with various aspects of the kiwi project and being actively involved with the Manawahe Kokako Trust.



Manukorihi Tarau

Trustee - Trustee since 2016

Ngāti Awa, Ngai Taiwhakaea

Manu is the hapū representative for Ngai Taiwhakaea for the Customary Marine Title Settlement with the Office of Treaty Settlements and the Chairman of Taiwhakaea marae, which he has been for the last ten years. As Tohunga of the Ringatu Church, Manu is an active member of his hapū, marae and iwi. He also has a Bachelor Degree in Matauranga Maori and is a fluent speaker of te reo Māori. 

Manu has knowledge of, and commitment to, the values that underpin kaitiakitanga within the context of preserving for future generations our whenua, moana and life systems within this environment.