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.
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.
Neil Phillips; Deputy Chair.
Farmer and Queen Elizabeth 11 National Trust representative.
Roy Weaver; Trustee.
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.
Philip Armitstead; Trustee.
Philip is Stratford born and bred. He lives on the family farm out at Mahoe, and has another farming interest near Alton.
Philip has been practising as a Solicitor with Thomson O’Neil since 1991, becoming a partner in 1995. Philip has extensive experience in all matters involving farming. He acts for many dairy farmers, sharemilkers, contract milkers and farm employees.
PATRON JIM BOLGER
Patron – Jim Bolger
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.
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 Moratti; PA/Administrator
Karen is an Inglewood local and has a background in administration and tourism with a passion for showcasing Taranaki. She works in the PA/Administration role for the Purangi Kiwi Project.
Louise McLay; Education Co-ordinator
BSc ( Biochem.) MSc. ( Natural Resource Management)
Louise has a background in environmental management and policy with both the public ( MFE, DOC & TRC) and private sectors ( BTW Company) as a planner and policy analyst. Louise is delighted, after time out raising a family, to join the Purangi Kiwi Project in a role that combines these core interests once again. Louise works in the Environmental Education and Community Engagement Co-ordinator role for the Purangi Kiwi Project.