World class facility the aim

EMMA BEER
Last updated 13:00 12/06/2012

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Helping to create something that could become a world class tourism destination is the common denominator in four high powered business people lending their time.

The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary has appointed four new trustees to its board, Eugene Crowe, Terry Horne, John Hambleton and Jane Peterson, as it moves forward with its vision to become New Zealand's richest conservation environment for visitors, education and research.

The trust, which has more than 600 members, plans to build a 14 kilometre pest-proof fence to enclose the sanctuary and to eradicate pest mammals within it. So far about $1.8 million has been raised for the project on the 715-hectare site.

Mr Crowe, who was a principal at WHK New Zealand Nelson, said it was a great project and he hoped it could become a high class, even world class, tourism attraction.

"The people who work here are just amazing. I'm on other boards and we struggle to get people to come to meetings, but here, it's almost embarrassing how hard they work, it's fantastic."

Mr Horne, who was company secretary of Sealord Group until 2010 and now serves on a number of boards, including Nelson Tasman Tourism and the Nelson Bays Heritage Trust, said: "This is a significant community voluntary thing, this was the one I was happy to do because I really like the project."

While he hadn't chosen this directly because of his position on the tourism board, it served as a nice complement, he said.

The project was very worthwhile, said Mr Hambleton, an aviation consultant who has been project director for Air New Zealand and chief executive of Air Nelson and Eagle Airways.

"It adds another strength to our tourism."

Jane Peterson, who had a career as a corporate lawyer in Wellington with Bell Gully and as a commercial manager in the corporate sales division of Telecom New Zealand, said it was exciting.

"It's really exciting to be involved in a really great community initiative."

The new members join current trustees Derek Shaw, Alastair Wiffen, Chris Hemi, David Leadbetter, Rod Witte and chairman Dave Butler.

Sanctuary general manager Hudson Dodd said the revamped board was an energy boost to staff and volunteers.

"It's very exciting, it's the next generation of our board and these people have some really skilled backgrounds and they're all coming together for an exciting cause."

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