The Landscapes Connections Trust is small in size, but we are big in heart.


Role of the Landscape Connections Trust (LCT)

The LCT’s role is primarily to support or lead the planning, administration, fund raising, development and execution of projects. Strategic planning, project development and administration will occur in collaboration with the partners and stakeholders of specific and focused projects.  Read more about our Trustees at the bottom of this page.


Role of the Community Advisory Group (CAG)

A Community Advisory Group (CAG) guided the creation of the Management Strategy.  This 10 member group includes representatives of the Department of Conservation, Otago Natural History Trust, Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki, local landowners and other interested individuals.



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 Beyond Orokonui project.

Kelvin Lloyd

I am an ecologist and farmer and live in the Blueskin Bay area, where I value the landscapes, people, and biodiversity of this place.  I want to make a positive difference to enhance these values.

Joy Pringle

Our family have 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.

Steph Scott

My husband and I have a sheep and beef property 'Braes Farm' located on the Kilmoghill.  We have undertaken several environmental projects on our property as we believe we are making a positive difference to our farming operation.  I feel that my farming background combined with my experience as a Landscape Architect will enable me to add value to the Beyond Orokonui project.

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.


Jinty MacTavish

Jinty MacTavish (Chair) is focused on open and participatory democracy, evidence based decision-making, and investments and policies she feels will make Dunedin communities more sustainable and resilient.  She has been a full-time Dunedin city councillor from 2010-2016.  

David Sharp

Dave Sharp brings some twenty years’ experience of working within the community/conservation sphere-both in Australia and here in New Zealand.  A resident of Purakaunui, Dave is keen to support the protection and restoration of biodiversity values within his ‘home-patch’ and across the East Otago landscape.

Nikki Penno

Nikki Penno has a background in landscape architecture, policy and planning, pest management and communications.  With her family farming in Karitane, Nikki is looking forward to helping to support the aims of her local community from both a landowner and biodiversity point of view.

Margaret McFarlane

Margaret McFarlane has a background in science, biology, outdoor and environmental education; biodiversity work for DoC; revegetation and MAF biosecurity.  As small land owners at Karitane, Margaret and her partner Rob Raill have started extensive revegetation and predator control.  They are involved in several community groups and are passionate about enabling others to care for and enhance their very special environment.


Rhys Millar

I’m motivated by the prospect of enhancing this area within which I live with my family.  The people, the environment and the landscape of this area are very special and provide a great place to live.  In a rapidly changing world it is important that we collectively look after this place so that the next generation can also be supported by its health and resilience.  The Beyond Orokonui project has the potential to assist in the enhancement of this area.


Debbie Hogan (2013-2017) Trustee

Debbie Hogan is a trustee and treasurer of Landscape Connections Trust. Debbie is a senior policy planner, with over 18 years experience working for local government in the resource management field. Currently working for the Christchurch City Council after 13 years with Dunedin City Council. Debbie is passionate about the natural environment particularly the integrated connections that can be made between land owners, land use, biodiversity and policy frameworks that recognise such opportunities.

Scott Mouat (2013-2017) Trustee

Scott Mouat is a producer, director and director of photography. Since graduating from the internationally acclaimed natural history filming course at the University of Otago he has produced, two critically acclaimed independent features and worked on shows in China, Qatar, Borneo, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

Patti Vanderburg (2013-2016) (CAG Member)

Living on the Waikouaiti River Estuary for over 20 years has given me an appreciation for the interconnectedness of ecosystems.  Our community works to understand our natural world and has developed positive conservation and local fisheries management initiatives.

The Beyond Orokonui project provides an opportunity and structure to have discussions around potential projects to scale up and support decisions and projects to improve and sustain our communities, local economies and natural habitats.

Andy Barratt (2013-2016) (CAG Member)

Andy runs a certified organic small farm on the outskirts of Karitane, and is involved with a number of organizations, which include Otago Organics, River-Estuary Care Waikouaiti-Karitane, NZ Tree Crops Association and Our Food Network Dunedin.

Rod Morris (2013-2015)  (Trustee)

In 1970 Rod Morris began working for conservation when he joined the NZ Wildlife Service. Over the following six years was deeply involved in takahe recovery, the kakapo searches in Fiordland, and the rescue missions to save the Chatham Island black robin. After leaving the Wildlife Service, he joined TVNZ's Natural History Unit, in Dunedin. Here under NHU head Michael Stedman, he worked as a film director on the popular children's natural history programme ‘Wildtrack’ and the nature series ‘Wild South’, where he made more than twenty-five nature documentaries, mainly about conservation, such as the stories he produced and directed on the work of Don Merton and the endangered Chatham Island black robin.