Bream Head Reserve from Manaia

Rangers Report October 2017

November 15, 2017

Welcome John Massland, new Patron of the Trust.

Welcome to Our New Patron: John Maasland

John Maasland (foreground) and Greg Innes

The Trust has had the very great honour recently of welcoming our new patron, Mr John Maasland. John spent two days in Whangarei in October to be officially inducted as the third patron for the Trust. He spoke at a Northland business event promoting the opportunities of a green economy, cruised by boat around the southern side of Bream Head/Te Whara, enjoyed a moving powhiri (welcome) by local iwi representative Kim Tito and planted a Puriri tree next to the trees of former BHCT patrons Sir Edmund Hillary and Sir Paul Reeves.

Mr Maasland was born in the Waikato and gained a BA in law and then an MA in law from the University of Cambridge, UK. Trained as a lawyer, John Maasland has a distinguished career in business including being a former Chairman of Airways Corporation of NZ, Carter Holt Harvey, Auckland International Airport, Hellaby Holdings, the South Auckland Health Foundation, The Royal New Zealand Ballet and was 20 years with Wilson Horton and its successor company APN, in CEO, Chairman and Director positions. He is currently Chancellor of AUT, a director of Waterman Capital and Chairman of their No3 Investment Fund. He is also Chairman of the Pacific Oceans Initiative and other fundraising trusts. One of John’s most notable successes was spearheading the fund raising of approximately $34 million for improvements to Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland.

Teaming Up With Business

As part of the induction and welcome of John Maasland the Bream Head Conservation Trust, in association with Northland Inc, hosted an information evening for Northland businesses to come and see who we are, what we do, and the benefits of an association with a successful community project. BHCT chairperson Greg Innes, Northland Inc CEO Dr David Wilson and Mr John Maasland all gave excellent speeches about the rising surge in understanding and the desire to become part of the green economy and the sustainable opportunities it can offer our communities. Businesses were provided with financial support options based around small to medium projects within the overall restoration programme.

Farewell to Evan Davies

After five years of hard slog and dedicated service to the Bream Head Conservation Trust and the project, ranger Evan Davies has decided to leave the Trust to go work for DOC. Evan started contracting to the Trust in 2012 and worked initially with Pete Mitchell, then from 2014 with Adam Willetts, to establish the intensive predator control network over the entire 800ha reserve. The early days were full of very heavy loads of toxin/bait to get the reserve back under good control, hauling in lots of traps and other vital equipment as well as mapping the infrastructure network and keeping a good eye on pets roaming into the reserve. Evan has put a lot of himself into Bream Head, now owns property and resides close to the reserve and can be very proud of how far the restoration of the reserve has come – to one of New Zealand’s most successful mainland restoration sites without a predator proof fence. Evan will be working in the marine division for DOC Whanagrei and in compliance as well, so we will still get to see him around Bream Head and our region, and of course doing what he likes best by being out (and in) the water chasing fish, scallops and crays.

Thank you, Evan, for all your hard work, you’ve definitely put in some very hard hours over the years – the flora and fauna and community in and around Bream Head/Te Whara are forever grateful. Good luck in your new endeavours. Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui!!

Read the October 2017 Rangers Report (1.7MB pdf) for more details on this and other stories.