Founder - Geoff Chapple
In 1994, journalist/author/musician/playwright Geoff Chapple wrote a piece for the Sunday Star-Times outlining a proposal for a walking trail to run the length of New Zealand. This suggestion was not new, though previously had been discarded as unachieveable. Geoff and a group of willing people who shared the vision formed the Te Araroa Trust shortly after and set about raising publicity, and funds, for the concept.
In 1998, having plotted, negotiated and mapped a route Geoff set off to walk the North Island - reporting his progress regularly with internet updates, this was one of New Zealand's earliest blogs!
Come 2002 Geoff again hit the trail, this time through the South Island - coinciding with the signing of an MOU with DOC to develop Te Araroa through the Southern Alps.
Geoff saw his dream realised in 2011 when Te Araroa was officially opened by the Governor-General, coinciding with the release of the magnificent publication Te Araroa: A Walking Guide to New Zealand's Long Trail.
Geoff stood down as CEO of Te Araroa Trust in 2012, and was shortly thereafter awarded an ONZM in recognition of his achievements.
Te Araroa Trustees
David McGregor (Chair)
Trevor currently holds the position of managing director of Frame Group Ltd, an Auckland based consultancy team that specialises in the design and construction management of recreational walkways, tracks, cycleways and associated visitor facilities in parks, reserves and conservation land throughout NZ. He is a recognised authority on recreation trail development and has participated in the development of standards and providing training to the parks industry in this field.
Trevor is an active outdoor recreation participant in tramping, mountaineering, cycling, kayaking and skiing, and he has visited several recreational walking sites internationally. He has a strong interest in sustainability and community development, and the structuring of recreational development projects to facilitate regional employment and use of local renewable resources as well as encouraging people to lead active, healthy lifestyles.
Jennie has been a Director of the New Zealand Tourism Board, Positively Wellington Tourism, the New Zealand Wool Board, Opus International and a member of the Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee.
The Right Honorable Paul East CNZM QC
Prior to becoming an MP, Paul was a lawyer and barrister with East Brewster, a Rotorua-based legal firm, from 1973 to 1978. Paul also engaged in local politics as a member of the Rotorua City Council, which has now been subsumed into the Rotorua District Council.
the position of New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in London. He was replaced in Parliament by Alec Neill, the next candidate on National's party list.
As Attorney-General, Paul advocated on important international issues, including a case brought before the International Court of Justice in 1995 on behalf of New Zealand against France's nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean. Paul also headed the development of an advisory opinion to the UN General Assembly on the legality of nuclear testing in 1995. Paul was awarded the status of Queen's Counsel (QC) while Attorney-General.
Standing down in 2002 as New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Paul changed course and became the independent chairman of the Charity Gaming Association (Inc.) (CGA), which is the industry organisation for charitable trusts that operate electronic gaming machines ("pokies") to raise funds for community purposes. In 2008 the CGA's members operated 75% of non-club gaming machines in New Zealand and generated $250 million worth of grants for worthwhile community purposes.
Jason is responsible for the international and domestic marketing of Auckland as a visitor destination, as well as trade and new tourism product development. Jason is on the Cruise NZ Board, and is a trustee of the Te Araroa national walkway.
Prior to his current role, Jason was Regional Manager Japan and Korea at Tourism New Zealand, based in Tokyo for five-and-half years. While in Japan, Jason implemented the 100% PURE NEW ZEALAND global marketing campaign. In Japan, he was elected Chairman of the Association of National Tourism Organisations, representing over 50 national tourism offices, and was a regular
Donald spent 8 years in London, where he worked in a variety of roles and industries, covering project and development management in online media and civil engineering.
In 2008, Donald returned to New Zealand where he brought his fresh perspective and skills to Aotea.
New Zealand’s retail and consumer brands. He conducted the development of new stores and restructuring post Christchurch earthquake, strengthened Aotea’s online presence and is currently focused on building memorable, meaningful, international brands.
Since 1989 he has installed and supported Geographic Information Systems in over 50 organisations including 20 District and Regional Councils throughout New Zealand. In 1996 he set up his own consultancy based in Auckland with a particular focus on GIS applications and software development. He has specialised in innovative internet mapping tools, cadastral and services mapping, data translation and analysis. Outside of his mapping work, Kim enjoys walking and spending time with his grandchildren.
Nic has 20 years involvement with recreation, planning, policy and project management. In 2005 he started a successful boutique recreation and environmental consultancy, focused on customised software and providing open space planning services to enhance Local Government and private businesses. After a long-term contract working for a multi-national software company he recently founded a new software and services company, ‘Adroit Creations’ providing strategic business enhancement, bespoke development and Software as a Service. With qualification in numerous
CEO - Rob Wakelin
Rob had two years as General Manager of Rugby League Northland (2010-12), re-establishing the game there following the NZRL re-structure and was previously with Piha Surf Life Saving Club where he was General Manager for four and half years.
Prior to that Rob worked for the Waikato Rugby Union as their Community Rugby Manager (2004-06) having earlier been with Wellington RFU as their Club Rugby Administrator (2002-04).
Rob has a BA in Geography and Post-Graduate Diploma in Sport Management
Rob was awarded the Sport Waitakere Administrator of the Year award in both 2008 and 2009 and won the Waitakere Enterprise Young Business Person of the Year award in 2009.
Rob says his love of walking started very shortly after an attempt to discover a love of running…