Our mission

We believe the more hands and minds working together towards the same goal, the greater the outcome. Our team come from a range of backgrounds in science, local government, academia, community fundraising and more.

We’re lucky enough to have contributions from existing water groups from around the district. Check out the list below.

History

In April 2018, the Lake Wanaka Trust merged with the Upper Clutha Water Group to form the Upper Clutha Lakes Trust Board (UCLTB). The merger proceeded smoothly, due to both groups sharing similar objectives and goals related to ensuring the long-term water quality and health of the lakes and rivers in the Upper Clutha.

Lake Wanaka Trust was established in September 2016 by the Guardians of Lake Wanaka with the objective to safeguard and enhance the health and water quality of Lake Wanaka and its catchment water sources. As a registered charity, it also acted as an umbrella organisation for community groups.

The Upper Clutha Water Group, made up of community members and agencies associated with the Upper Clutha region, was established in mid-2016 to facilitate linkages between different groups concerned about water management or carrying out water projects in the region.

Trustees

We believe the more hands and minds working together towards the same goal, the greater the outcome. Our team come from a range of backgrounds in science, local government, academia, community fundraising and more.

Russell McGeorge

Chair

Russell McGeorge

Chair

Russell is a retired professional civil engineer and holds degrees from the University of Canterbury (BE (Hons)) and the University of California, Berkeley (MS). Russell has held a variety of senior management positions and is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors. Russell is passionate about the maintenance of the water quality in our alpine lakes, having enjoyed the lakes since being a schoolboy.

He has represented the Guardians of Lake Wanaka in the multiparty Lake Wanaka Lagarosiphon Control Committee, attended the national Freshwater Conference, and wrote the first proposal for a scientific buoy on Lake Wanaka. Russell and his wife Pamela produced the book Land of Water, Rivers and Lakes of New Zealand published by Batemans. Russell will be standing down as the Chair of the Upper Clutha Lakes Trust on 30 September 2018.

Dr. Don Robertson

Dr. Don Robertson

Don is the Chair of Guardians of Lake Wanaka and a member of Guardians of Lake Hawea. His background includes 40 years in marine fisheries science & management, marine ecology, biodiversity, & biosecurity where he held senior research and management roles in NZ Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries & NZ National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA), including NIWA Vessels Ltd. Don led the campaign to design, fund and build the NIWA research vessel “Tangaroa”, commissioned in 1991.

Don was the NZ member on the Governing Board of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, as a member of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System Management Committee & Node Manager for the Southwestern Pacific Ocean (part of the global Census of Marine Life programme). He has also served on a number of government and Royal Society research committees.

Dr. Amanda Bell

Dr. Amanda Bell

Mandy’s focus is One Health – health for water, environment, animals and people. Mandy grew up on sheep and beef farms in Otago and Canterbury and holidayed with family and grandparents for many years in Wanaka. Criffel Station is base for Mandy, husband Jerry and their three children Penelope, Henry and Jemima.

Over the years Mandy has strengthened her farming, veterinary and business skills with research, practice in veterinary science and business studies. Her business interests range from an integrated supply chain of veterinary products to a biotech company with a diagnostic test for Crohn’s Disease. Mandy was instrumental in the successful Freshwater Improvement Fund (FIF) application and chairs the Trust’s FIF Governance Group.

Calum MacLeod

Calum MacLeod

Calum has been involved in a number of roles since coming to Wanaka but is best known for starting the iconic Paradiso Cinema in Wanaka. Calum was elected as a Wanaka Councilor on the Queenstown Lakes District Council in 2013. He was reelected to the QLDC in 2016.

Calum’s current QLDC roles include: Deputy Mayor, Deputy Chair, Infrastructure Committee, Liaison with the Guardians of Lake Wanaka, Member of the Lake Wanaka Lagarosiphon Management Committee, Liaison with the Upper Clutha A&P Society and Liaison with the Wanaka Chamber of Commerce.

Jeff Donaldson

Jeff Donaldson

Jeff is a Biosecurity/Biodiversity specialist managing his own environmental company. He has been a senior Environmental Manager in central and local government and has been involved in freshwater management at both government levels for over 30 years, with a strong passion for the preservation of the lakes of the South Island.

Jeff is a response manager for biosecurity incursions and acted as the National Operations manager for the Didymo incursion. He has been involved with Mycobacterium bovis since November 2017. He is a trained Civil Defence Response Manager for QLDC. Jeff’s passion for the Upper Clutha waterways extends to his role in the QLDC Harbourmaster team, patrolling and educating on the lakes and rivers in the region.

Stakeholders

Membership

The Upper Clutha Lakes Trust Board has set the membership subscription rates at modest levels to encourage public membership and participation in the Trust’s work.

Our membership subscription rates for the financial year to 30 June 2019 are:

  • Individual Members: $10
  • Family (Household) Members: $15
  • Student Members: Free
  • Organisation & Supporter Members: $50

Subscriptions can be paid to Upper Clutha Lakes Trust Board – Kiwibank account number 38-9018-0269949-04. Please include your name as a reference on the payment and email secretary@uppercluthalakestrust.org with your name and contact information.

Contact us for more information. If you wish to make a larger financial contribution we would be most grateful, as we have some significant projects to fund! Our Trust is a registered charity (number CC53728) and all donations are tax deductible.

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