The Trust

In November 2004 the Ōhau Conservation Trust was formed under the guidance of the Department of Conservation.

The Trust aims to promote awareness of the Lake Ōhau area’s unique biodiversity, and undertakes projects to protect, restore and enhance it.

The Trust has a large number of supporters who volunteer their time and effort to remove wilding trees, plant native plants to enhance biodiversity and habitats and undertaken possum control. Others support with their knowledge and by undertaking the administration of the Trust. 

Trustees are determined to protect and preserve the unique Ōhau Area.

Current Trustees are:

  • Vivienne Smith-Campbell (Lake Ōhau Alpine Village) – Chairperson
  • Katrina Te Rito (Twizel) – Secretary
  • Helen McMahon (Christchurch)

The Trust receives financial donations from supporters and grants from a variety of sources to fund conservation work. 

Funding to acquire loppers, herbicide and a range of safety equipment has come from a private conservation foundation, DOC and Weedbusters. The Waitaki District Council and Environment Canterbury have also been supportive. Grants towards further work are sought from other community group funders.

See the “Donations” tab, if you would like to make a donation to the Trust.

To subscribe to our regular newsletter please contact the Trust Secretary – see the Contact Us page