Board of Trustees


Jo Baguley

Jo Baguley, trustee since 2013.  Jo's family (nee Morris) has been part of the Kerikeri community since the mid-1970s. Jo attended Kerikeri High School and then moved to Auckland where she gained degrees from Auckland University in law and linguistics. During the 1990s she worked for city law firms in Auckland, Christchurch and London. But in her heart Jo has always been a Bay of Islands girl, and she moved back to Kerikeri in 2005 with her family. She is now a director of Law North Limited, where she leads the resource management team.

Jo is passionate about New Zealand's outdoors way of life and has spent many years tramping and alpine climbing here and overseas. Jo met her husband David through mountaineering and they climbed extensively in the Mount Cook region together while they lived in Christchurch. Jo and David have two daughters who keep them busy, but they still keep their hands in with mountain biking and tramping when they can, and the family also loves camping at Northland beaches, especially their favourite - Maitai Bay.

Jo believes Puketi Forest is an important resource both locally and nationally and must be given the focussed support that it needs to flourish for generations into the future.


Cherry Beaver

Cherry Beaver, trustee since 2010 and current secretary.  Cherry and her husband Ian have lived on a small farm bordering Puketi forest next to Forest Pools for nearly 20 years. Ian grew up locally and went to school in Okaihau. They met overseas and travelled a lot before returning to Northland about 30 years ago. They have two adult children. Cherry owns and operates the Cherry Blossom Florist shop in Kerikeri. Cherry spends her working days surrounded by colourful flowers and the rest of her time with the restful hues of the Puketi Forest trees. She feels a duty to do whatever she can to preserve and enhance the forest. Cherry and Ian have been members of the Puketi Forest Trust since 2005 and have monitored kiwi from the hill in the forest above Forest Pools, which is just behind their house.


Gary Bramley

Dr Gary Bramley, Forest and Bird representative, founding trustee and current chairman.  Gary is a local of Kaeo, where his family has lived since 1859. Many of his father's family were bushmen and Bramley's Ridge in Puketi Forest was named after his grandfather, Jack Bramley. Gary and his wife Carey have three children and own a small farm near the forest (formerly owned by Gary's father and grandfather). Gary works as a consulting ecologist for Mitchell Partnerships in Auckland. He has degrees in zoology and ecology from Massey University and the University of Waikato and was also the chairperson of the Far North Branch of Forest and Bird for many years. Gary provides valuable scientific support to the Trust and is closely involved in strategic planning.


John Dawn

John Dawn(Jnr), trustee since 2007 and current treasurer.  John and his wife, Seok have lived in Kerikeri since 2005. John grew up and went to school in Kerikeri and trained as a civil engineer. He has worked in New Zealand, Brunei and Singapore and is now retired with a small orchard. The couple have one son. John has long had an interest in conservation. His father, John Snr, was an active member of Forest and Bird in the Far North. John(Jnr) has been a member of Forest and Bird since 1987 and prior to that was an active member of the Malaysian Nature Society. John became involved in the Trust's work when he organised the transport of several hundred rat traps into the forest via helicopter in 2007.


Erica Whyte

Erica Whyte, trustee since 2013.  Erica fell in love with Puketi on a two day walk through the forest with family and friends 20 years ago, before the trust was formed. She enjoys taking visitors into Puketi Forest and has been inspired by the work in Puketi to establish similar pest control on a smaller scale on her own property.

Erica and her husband Lindsay have farmed in Northland for 35 years and have been on their current 340 hectare beef farm at Taupo Bay for 25 years. They try to farm the land with a large emphasis on looking after the soil, as well as having healthy, thriving cattle. Over a number of years they have fenced off wetlands, streams, native bush and badly eroded land and planted large numbers of native and deciduous trees. The farm has a two kilometre boundary with Ranfurly Bay Scenic Reserve, with fingers of bush extending onto their property. Erica has used a grant from the Northland Regional Council to install traps for control of mustelids, cats, rodents and possums on the farm and forest boundary. In 2008 Erica and Lindsay won the Northland Ballance Farm Environment Supreme Award.

As well as farming, planting trees and trapping pests, Erica is a volunteer fire fighter with the Taupo Bay/Hihi First Response Unit and until recently was a part-time physiotherapist. Now semi-retired, she plans more tramping trips in the New Zealand wilderness. Erica and Lindsay have 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren.


Wiremu Williams

Wiremu Williams, Piki Te Aroha Marae representative and founding trustee.  Wiremu and his whanau live in Moerewa. Wiremu is also a trustee of the Waitangi National Trust that administers the Treaty Grounds and visitor centre at Waitangi. Wiremu is a keen carver and is responsible for the pou erected in 2003 at Waihoanga to mark the establishment of the Puketi Forest Trust. Wiremu has been a keen supporter of conservation at Puketi since the reintroduced kokako were killed by stoats in the 1990s. His comment that "before we can bring these birds back we need to clean out the nest" has resonated with all the trustees and is regularly referred to. Wiremu is also involved with his mokopuna and on other committees, including the marae management committee, and in training young people to paddle traditional waka.


Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson, founding trustee.  Ian and his wife, June, purchased a 143 hectare dairy farm on the southern side of Puketi Forest in 1980. They quickly realised that the biodiversity in the 40 hectares of forest on their property made it an area worth protecting. Over the next ten years they erected 12 kilometres of fence to keep stock out of the bush, streams and wetlands. They also protected the main block of bush in perpetuity with a QEII National Trust Open Space Covenant. The Wilson's commitment to minimise the impact of their operation on the environment was recognised in 1998 when the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Northland presented them with an Environmental Management in Business Award. For many years, Ian has been actively involved with the Far North Branch of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society, being chairman for four years. His contribution to conservation in the Far North was acknowledged in 1993 when he was awarded the "Old Blue" Award. A year later the Department of Conservation "acknowledged the contribution (he) has made to the conservation of New Zealand's natural and historic heritage" at their annual awards function. Ian is a member of the Ornithological Society of New Zealand and the Auckland Botanical Society. The couple sold their high producing dairy herd in 2007 and are now beef farming with their son, David. David has a strong interest in Puketi and was the contractor responsible for marking out the new rat lines in early 2007. Ian and June are the Trust's powerhouse, with June producing the newsletters and administering our database of members and sponsors. Ian organises the pest control contracts and equipment and does much of the detailed planning required to keep the trust running.


This page last updated: 20 April 2017

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