Community Advisory Group (CAG) Members

John Barkla  

I’m a Partnerships Ranger for the Department of Conservation in Dunedin and was previously DOC botanist for the Otago region.  I bring to CAG a wide experience of plant conservation and habitat restoration projects and a desire to reflect Departmental conservation priorities in this project.  In my leisure time I enjoy exploring the north Dunedin coast and discovering its hidden gems.

John Chapman

I have farmed in the Purakaunui area with my wife Shone all my working life and cannot imagine living anywhere else.  We are blessed with some remarkable landscapes, flora and fauna and I want to see my grandchildren enjoying them, if possible in an even better state.

Rob Lawson

My family farm 'Moana' is an extensive hill country property that includes a large part of the South Branch of the Waikouaiti River.  We are sensitive to the environmental challenges within our community and I hope to make a positive contribution to The Halo Project.

Joy Pringle

Our family has had a long association with Long Beach, first as crib owners and for the last 11 years as permanent residents.  My husband and I have been very involved in local initiatives to restore native vegetation in the area, and on our own property we are encouraging the regeneration of native biodiversity.  I am inspired by the environmental improvements made so far and I want to be part of other initiatives that contribute to the positive legacy for the next generation.

Elton Smith

I have been the conservation manager at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary for the last 9 years and am responsible for overseeing all onsite works within the sanctuary.  I joined the Community Advisory Group to support new predator control projects around the sanctuary that will, first, help take some pressure off the Orokonui fence and second, to assist in species such as robin and kaka establish outside as part of the halo effect.  Long term, I would like to see landscape level predator control in the district that will mean kaka will reestablish in the Silverpeaks and allow kiwi to roam freely around Mihiwaka.

Justine Marshall

I am the Office Manager and Environmental Committee Co-ordinator for Kāti Huirapa Runaka, and represent the tangata whenua on the Community Advisory Group.  I also live adjacent to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary, and therefore have a special interest in this kaupapa.