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Current Trustees



Sam Eames





Sam has always had a passion for the outdoors. You'll regularly find him in the Port Hills mountain biking or running, and he ventures into the Southern Alps whenever he gets the opportunity. Sam wants to ensure that future generations have the same opportunity to enjoy the beautiful New Zealand landscape, so he has turned his attention to protecting, preserving and restoring our fragile environment. He looks forward to working with the Te Tapuwae o Rākau trustees and volunteers to bring native flora and fauna back to the Port Hills and surrounding Christchurch area.

Phillip Duval







Company Director, Importer/Exporter - with expertise in other unrelated areas such as International Education, Property Investment and the Not For Profit Sector. Skilled cross-cultural negotiator, champion of charities and Professional Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Problem solver. Member of NZ Institute of Directors. Currently holding Directorships of numerous companies. A passionate advocate of the native reforestation of the Christchurch Port Hills and Banks Peninsula; committed to leaving our environment in better condition for future generations.


Nuk Korako

Tutehounuku (Nuk) Korako was brought up at Tuahiwi, North Canterbury and is of strong Ngai Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Waitaha decent.  He has been a past and present member of a number of commercial Iwi and Runanga (Ancestral Community) Governance Boards and has been involved in both inbound and outbound tourism companies for over thirty years, both in New Zealand and overseas. He has been an effective leader in senior governance and management roles.


Alice Tiso

Alice is currently in her fifth year of a degree in Law, Political Science and Economics at the University of Canterbury. Previously, she was the co-founder of the Cashmere Volunteer Army which facilitated native tree planting projects for high school students. In her spare time she enjoys tramping around the South Island, walking in the Port Hills and water-skiing. 

David Drayton



David is passionate about community, having previously worked for the Hunstbury Community Center for over 45 years. A previous business man, he is also on the board for The Port Hills Park Trust and St Martin's Jubilee Trust. David has lived near the Port Hills for most of his life and brings local knowledge, strong business experience and enthusiasm to the board. 

Mitch van Eekelen

Mitch has held varying roles including positions in the horticultural sector. Mitch now works in the construction sector with experience in delivering complex and bespoke projects from both a contractors and consultancy perspective. Mitch is a Christchurch local with a strong drive to better the environment and community. In his spare time Mitch enjoys any activity that gets him out on the water and working on his native garden at home.






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