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The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust

The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust is the body steering our Geopark waka (canoe), from deep time and into a future as New Zealand’s preeminent Geopark. They provide guidance, enlist support for the project and look for funding and partnership opportunities.

The Trust may have up to nine Trustees, and may coopt Advisory Trustees as required. Two of the Trustees are appointed by the Waitaki District Council, and one by Te Rūnaka o Moeraki. The current Trustees are:

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Helen Jansen


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David Higgins

(upoko of Te Rūnaka o Moeraki)

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Tim Blackler

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Melanie Jones

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Brett Hudson


Mike Gray


Tk Buchanan


Mauriri McGlinchey


Join the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust

We're seeking bold leaders, fearless champions; people with a passion for addressing the societal challenges we all face, who won't be daunted by the scale of the task ahead.

Currently, we are seeking additional Trustees who will bring some or all of the following assets or skills:
Networks at central Government level; Fund-raising and financial management; Legal - particularly relating to planning, contract and consent issues; Engagement, communications and media management; and Youth engagement.


Check out the recruitment kit for more information.

Please direct your expressions of interest in the role of Trustee to:
Helen Jansen - Interim Chair
Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust

Trustee Recruitment Kit

Strategic Plan 2021 - 2025

This Plan sets out the Mission, Vision, strategic direction, development roadmap and operating philosophy of the Geopark. It provides a description of the Trust’s workstreams and provides a timeline for the key projects within each workstream up until 2025. An Annual Plan outlining the year’s workplan and budget will be approved by the Trust for each financial year.

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Strategic Plan 2021 - 2025

Annual Reports

Please see blow the Annual Reports of the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust.

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust Annual Report FY19

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust Annual Report FY20

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust Annual Report FY21

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust Annual Report FY22

The following Annual Reports belong to the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Limited. The Company was incorporated in February 2019 and was established to isolate commercial risk should the Trust wish to undertake commercial operations of scale or to invest in any other entity. The company was wound down in June 2021 as the Trust is unlikely to enter into significant capital investments or trade operations within the next year or two. The company can be reincorporated if the situation changes. 

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Limited Annual Report FY19

Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Limited Annual Report FY20

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