Meet the Trustees

John Blair LLM (Hons)

John's career as an in house lawyer spans many industries and jurisdictions. After qualifying in New Zealand his OE took him to in house corporate legal work in Europe and the USA covering industrial manufacturing, insurance, recruitment and the motor industry.

John returned to New Zealand in 1996 to the General Counsel role at Air New Zealand. Since then, twelve years in the aviation industry have emphasised the constantly challenging nature of this fast moving industry.

On the environmental front, John has a strong view that New Zealand has a lot to learn from the legal regimes in the USA and Europe which are far more protective of the environment than our red tape based local laws.

He thinks that we are living under a delusion about New Zealand's clean green credentials and we have to wake up quickly to that fact before the rest of the world does!

Rob Fenwick CNZM

Rob's an environmental entrepreneur and an advocate for sustainable development and environmental responsibility through his business and several governance roles.

He is a founding director of Living Earth Ltd the country's principal commercial composting business and chairman of the Government's Waste Advisory Board. He's chairman of Antarctica NZ and helped set up the NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development.

He's busy on the conservation front having covenanted his family's coastal block on Waiheke Island and organising a pest management plans and reafforestation programs in the Hauraki Gulf to allow the release of native birds on the island. He's a patron of many conservation organisations like Trees for Survival and NZ Native Plant Conservation Network and a long time trustee of WWF.

He's chairman of BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust, a director of CarboNZero and a special advisor to the Director General of the Department of Conservation. In 2008 he received a CNZM for services to conservation.

Ruud Kleinpaste

Ruud Kleinpaste was born in Indonesia and raised in the Netherlands, before migrating to New Zealand in 1978. After completing an ecological study on kiwi, he joined MAF as entomologist in 1982 and became an independent scientist and international consultant fourteen years later. His scientific work still focuses on entomology, biosecurity and biodiversity, all in an attempt to make this world a better place to live.

Most New Zealanders will be familiar with Ruud 'the Bugman' because of his 21 year old radio show 'Ruud's Awakening' on Newstalk ZB, 12 years on Maggie's Garden Show (TVNZ) or his series on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel (Buggin' with Ruud). His crusade to highlight the incredible value of invertebrates and to stress the importance of biodiversity and sustainability has taken him right around New Zealand and indeed, right around the globe, as he lectures on (and writes about) the magnificent performances of our tiny tyrants and mighty midgets.

Recently he was humbled and 'flattered' when the Waikato University awarded him an honorary Doctorate.

Captain David Morgan

David joined Air New Zealand in 1985 and after operating various aircraft types in both line and training roles he became a member of the Flight Operations management team in 1996.  

Since then David has held several senior operational management positions and was appointed to the Executive in 2006 and is currently the Chief Flight Operations & Safety Officer and Chief Pilot.  In this role David is responsible for determining the policy, procedures and standards by which Air New Zealand’s aircraft are operated, is accountable for defining, implementing and reporting on both operational safety and the safety and wellbeing of the Air New Zealand team.

He also holds accountability for Sustainability and Environmental matters, the Aviation Institute (which provides training to both internal and external customers), Group Security and Emergency Management.  He is also a current Boeing 777 pilot.

David joined the Trust as Chair in 2014.

Professor Mark Orams

Mark is a Professor of Sustainable Tourism based at AUT University where he is an Associate Director of the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute.  While his work has primarily focused on managing coastal and marine resources, he has also undertaken a range of work on nature based tourism and ecotourism.

Born in Taranaki and raised in a family where coastal and marine activities were always a part of family holidays, Mark is passionate about conserving New Zealand's coastal and marine ecosystems.  In 2000 he founded the Coastal Marine Research Group at Massey University's Albany campus and he has supervised a range of post-graduate research students who have undertaken marine conservation related projects.

Mark has been a professional sailor, a winner of the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, part of the 2000 America's Cup winning team and a three times world masters sailing champion.  He remains an enthusiastic surfer, sailor and SCUBA diver and is now enjoying introducing his young children to Aotearoa/New Zealand's wonderful natural environment.

Mark is active in the community, he serves as a trustee and an advisory trustee for a number of charities including the Sir Peter Blake Trust, the Motu Kaikoura Trust and the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre.  He is also a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand.

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