The Trust

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 Pūrangi 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 Pūrangi Kiwi Project and has been our focus since inception.

Patron

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

James Bolger -- Patron“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 Pūrangi 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 kōkako 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

Trustees

Karen Schumacher – Chair

Karen Schumacher

 

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

Roy Weaver

 

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.

 

 

 

Gavin Faull – Trustee

Gavin Faull

 

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

 

Chris French – Trustee

Chris has nearly 20 years’ experience in the management and delivery of major infrastructure projects in the water and environmental sectors in New Zealand. He has held governance positions in professional organisations in these sectors and, as a Business Director at Beca, provides senior leadership to major water and environmental projects and business growth initiatives. Chris is a passionate advocate for the protection of the natural environment in a way that enables communities, businesses and our ecosystems to equally thrive. He spends much of his spare time with his family in the outdoors in all that Taranaki has to offer.

 

Anaru Marshall – Trustee

 

Anaru Marshall; Trustee 2018. Anaru has experience across financial services, running his own business and more recently a not-for-profit charitable trust. He is the lead negotiator on the Ngāti Maru Historical Treaty of Waitangi Claim.

Management

Karen Schumacher – General Manager

Karen Schumacher

 

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.

 

 

 

Karen Moratti – PA/Administrator

Karen Moratti

 

Karen has a background in Administration and Tourism with a diploma in business.  Inglewood born and bred, she is excited to have joined such an important and rewarding project as PA/Administrator.

 

 

 

Jayden Fabish – Ranger

Jayden has a Bachelor of Science, Major in Zoology, graduating in 2018.  His experience included an internship completed at Pukaha Mount Bruce wildlife centre gaining practical handling experience with kiwi and other native bird species (wild and captive).

 

Justine Harvey – Events and Community Activities co-ordinator

Justine joined us in June 2020. Justine has worked as a promotions assistant for NZME radio and more recently in retail and customer service roles in Wellington. In 2019 Justine completed a university paper on conservation and biodiversity. Returning home to New Plymouth she is excited to start with Experience Pūrangi as Events and community activities co-ordinator.