East Taranaki Environment Trust (ETET) is a registered charitable trust dedicated to enhancing kiwi habitat through pest management in East Taranaki. Since 2005, ETET has enabled kiwi numbers to grow by reducing the number of stoats, possums, feral goats, cats and hedgehogs.
ETET was founded by a group of landowners at Purangi who took responsibility for protecting their kiwi by developing the conservation project in their community. Conservation work for our project is managed by our Trustees. We have a number of key stakeholders who provide support.
Our main project is our Purangi Kiwi Project and has been our focus since inception. The next major milestone is the reintroduction of Kokako.
ETET is proud to have the Right Honourable James Bolger as our patron. James “Jim” Bolger was the 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1990 to 1997. Originally from Taranaki, Jim actively supports our efforts and is the namesake for one of our local adopted kiwis that was released to our reserve in April 2014.
Patron- The Right Honourable James Bolger, ONZ
“I am very pleased to support the work of the East Taranaki Environment Trust. We must not lose kiwi from Taranaki. The community driven project at Purangi involving 38 landowners, the iwi, district, regional and central government will ensure we don’t. By everyone working together so much can be achieved, and as efficiently as possible.
I am still a farmer at heart and am particularly pleased to see the involvement of the local landowners and the benefits for their community. I look forward to future generations of Bolgers being able to hear (and maybe even see) kiwi in the wild, not just in special enclosures. I am delighted that the Trust also aims to bring kokako back into a core area of the project. Environmental restoration takes time and is truly an intergenerational project. A project for the mokopuna that as a son of Taranaki I am delighted to support”. – Right Hon James Bolger ONZ
Karen Schumacher – Chair
A Chartered Accountant with experience in senior corporate management positions. Past trustee Taranaki Tree Trust; past member and Chair Taranaki /Whanganui Conservation Board; member NZ Farm Forestry Assn; President NZ Red Devon Cattle Breeders Assn, member Institute of Directors, member Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Roy Weaver – Deputy Chair
Councillor on New Plymouth District Council. Roy has chaired the board of the New Zealand Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Engineering Taranaki Consortium, and the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce during his time as a Chief Executive.
Juliet Larkin -Trustee
Juliet is the Public Affairs Manager at Methanex New Zealand. Originally from Dunedin, Juliet has called Taranaki home since 2012. She has more than a decade of experience as a journalist in print and broadcasting, and is a skilled public affairs practitioner. She holds a Masters in Science Communication, a Post-graduate Diploma in Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts. Juliet enjoys spending time surfing, climbing and hiking in the outdoors with her husband, Greg, and children, Harrison and Sylvia.
Gavin Faull – Trustee
Fellow Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Fellow of institute of Directors and Certified Director of Institute of Directors.
35 years experience in hotel management and operations, corporate development with the Peninsula Group, Hong Kong; Kingsgate International and Swiss-Belhotel International. Major shareholder and Managing Director of 400 hectare, 1,150 cow award winning dairy unit in North Taranaki and Board Member of Venture Taranaki, New Zealand.
Brent Woodhead – Chief Executive
Brent has over 25 years of experience with some of New Zealand’s most iconic organisations. With a marketing focus, his experience in financial services, legal and energy sectors has included strategic planning, communication, change management, brand leadership, product development and customer experience. Brent is currently a board member of Lepperton School.
Karen Moratti – Administrator
Karen is an Inglewood local and has a background in administration and tourism with a passion for showcasing Taranaki and all the great things it has to offer. She is excited to have joined such an important and rewarding project as PA/Administrator.