Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay Inc has a new Strategy Stewardship Group under the chairmanship of local conservationist, QEII National Trust Chair and former President of Federated Farmers, Bruce Wills ONZM. 

Bruce wears many hats of benefit to the environment, including trustee roles with two national science challenges — Resilience to Nature’s Challenges and Our Land and Water — and locally as trustee for the Cape to City habitat corridor project.

Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay Inc is a strong local membership organisation that is committed to working together to ensure Hawke’s Bay biodiversity is enhanced, healthy and functioning.

At the SSG’s first meeting, the group elected Bruce Wills as their co-chair, with Bruce’s counterpart to be appointed. Says Bruce:

“I am passionate about the natural environment and about doing my bit to ensure we protect and grow biodiversity in Hawke’s Bay and across all of New Zealand. I enjoy getting hands on, particularly planting and developing the new wetland on our 58ha block at Roy’s Hill.”

Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay general manager, Debbie Monahan says: “The membership organisation has been led by amazing volunteers over the last few years and we are very lucky to have Bruce Wills on board to lead us into this next exciting chapter.”

Charles Daugherty remains the chair of the Hawke’s Bay Biodiversity Trust Board which continues to focus on growing a sizable endowment fund to support biodiversity-related activities in Hawke’s Bay.

“This is a key time for Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay” says Ms Monahan. “We have a strong clear direction, a dedicated leadership team, and a committed staff. In January, funding from Department of Conservation enabled us to contract Dr Belinda Sleight, who, in her role as Biodiversity Community Facilitator is available to assist groups throughout the region with biodiversity projects.” 

“If you are working on a biodiversity / conservation project in Hawke’s Bay and would like assistance, whether it be planting guides, trapping knowledge, funding options, communications support or guidance on running a community group etc, drop Belinda a line on ”

“Having Belinda in this new community facilitator role is key to our ability to work together, support community groups and be the biodiversity network of networks in the Hawke’s Bay region.”

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