The Wakatipu Reforestation Trust is the brainchild of Neill and Barb Simpson, whose hard work over the past 15 years on Pigeon and Pig Islands has seen the once bare and weedy islands become a haven for native birds thanks to hundreds of volunteers. Inspired by this success, Neill and Barb recruited support from several funding agencies, and in 2013 created the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust.
To protect and restore the native biodiversity of the Wakatipu Basin through revegetation projects, collaboration, education and advocacy.
Identify revegetation areas on public land and provide plants for these projects to enable future vegetation linkages and increased biodiversity.
Be the catalyst in increasing long-term community awareness and engagement, by recruiting, enabling and valuing volunteers, organisations, businesses and local government.
EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY:
Provide opportunities to actively educate the whole community in order to inform, value, enjoy and inspire. And be recognized as local experts on revegatation and provide advice to help others support our vision.
FUNDING AND OPERATIONS:
Ensure that the WRT has the funding to deliver on the strategic plan and to sustain the trust into the future. And to ensure that the WRT has the capability and capacity to deliver on the strategic plan and to sustainably support thoughtful, high quality growth.
Wakatipu Reforestation Trust Documents
The Trustees are responsible for the overall strategic and financial management of the Trust.
The Trust has two part time staff, who oversee the day to day operations of the Trust, and coordinate volunteer workgroups.