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Our Team and Supporters

Encouraged by positive feedback about our educational events, the trust is committed to continuing these activities and to develop our capacity to be a networking and resource hub for other groups and individuals doing similar work in the community. We also are engaging with key experts and agencies in prioritising a strategic, district-wide approach to biodiversity conservation.

Our Team


Dave Nicholls - Chair

Sara Heard, Fiona Douglas-Clifford, Jamie McFadden, Gill Cox, Belinda Meares and Michael Bennett


Garry Forward - Secretary/Treasurer


Shawn Nicholls


We appreciate the input and support of the following people:

Mark Christensen– Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust

Miles Giller – QEII Trust’s North Canterbury Representative


Thanks to previous event sponsors


Hurunui District Landcare Group

for event catering:

Hurunui Theatre Group

Westpac Agribusiness Canterbury

Farmlands Amberley

for our flags:

Horton Signs

for donating a trap:

Good Nature Traps

If your company/organisation would like to discuss a sponsorship relationship, either ongoing or for one-off events, please contact us. We would love to talk with you!

Thanks to funding from:


Rata Foundation

ECan: Waitaha Fund.


Support the Trust

The Hurunui Biodiversity Trust's educational activities aim to help landowners/custodians access information and resources to carry out weed, pest and predator control, riparian planting and wetland restoration, placing land under covenant, sourcing plants locally, identifying mahinga kai, and project monitoring. The focus is on optimizing regeneration potential by tapping into local knowledge and best-practice examples of environmentally appropriate land use.  We are always open to feedback and/or suggestions from the public and would encourage you to come get involved! 

Join Friends of the Hurunui Biodiversity Trust

By becoming a friend of the trust you're ensuring that we as an organization can continue to run educational seminars/field days around the Hurunui, working to look after our indigenous flora and fauna so generations to come can flourish and be proud of the environment we reside in. With your support the trust hopes to continue growing its connections and relationships with the public, local groups and companies to work towards common goals related to biodiversity. The potential of beginning our very own projects may become a possibility with additional funding which is a very exciting prospect!

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