Trustees

The Trustees are responsible for implementing the term of the Trees for Survival (TfS) Trust Deed and are reported to monthly by the National Manager.

The Trustees are:

Graeme Houston (Chairman) Contact
 Graeme Houston Graeme has an MBA qualification and works in event management and financial services. His community involvement has been through school committees and boards (including 12 years as chairman of Manurewa High School) and as a Rotarian for 25 years being elected a Paul Harris Fellow in 2003. Other community activities include being a JP and Marriage and Funeral Celebrant as well as having an active interest in sports and recreation including regular involvement in tennis and running.
Don Bowater (Secretary) Contact
  Don pursued a corporate career and for the last 20 years has owned his own business.  He was involved with the formation of TfS, is the Immediate Past Chairman of Trustees and is currently the Secretary.  Don has been a Rotarian since 1983 and is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Pakuranga and a Paul Harris Fellow.  He has a passionate interest in the objects of TfS, travel, equestrian events and jet ski fishing.
Bill Boyd Contact
  Bill was one of the original TfS Trustees and is currently a Trustee and Patron. He was the President of Rotary International in 2006/2007 and a Trustee of The Rotary Foundation for four years, completing his term on June 30 2012 after a year as Chairman.
Noel Holyoake Contact
  Noel’s business career commenced in Wellington with the formation of Holyoake Industries in 1953. The Company has become a major investor in forestry and farming.
Noel has been a Rotarian since 1963 and was President 1982-83 and a Paul Harris Fellow.
In 1990 Noel was presented with the New Zealand Commemorative Medal and in 2009 Noel was inducted into the Manukau City Business Hall of Fame.
Roger Milne Contact
  Roger is the National Manager and has a background in horticulture founding his own company Milne’s Plant Link Ltd and has served on the NZ Nursery and Garden Industry Association, and the Landscape Industry Association (LIANZ) boards.
He spends as much time as possible in his small garden, as well golfing, and has a keen interest in the sport of rowing.
Geoff Shapland Contact
  An early interest in trees was kindled by Geoff’s father George who for many years grew and planted native trees and as a member of the Forest and Bird Society the seedlings were planted around the Hutt Valley and in particular on Somes Island.Geoff’s career brought him to Auckland where he established a plastic injection moulding company specialising in Funeral accessories.
As a Pakuranga Rotarian, Geoff joined Trees for Survival at its inception and for many years stored, despatched and delivered potting mix to all the Auckland TfS units. Since retiring he has enjoyed the involvement as a Trustee and is a very keen gardener looking after his 1.25 acre garden in Howick as a hobby. He also plays tennis and coaches sailing.
Peter Taylor  Contact
  Peter is a trained mechanical engineer, working at the DSIR and Fletchers before starting his own roll forming company in 1983.
He has been a Rotarian since 1984 and was President of the Rotary Club of Pakuranga in 1991-92.
It was during this year, given the encouragement of a similar programme that was running in Australia, that Peter initiated the Trees for Survival concept by introducing planting facilities into 3 local schools.
Being a strong believer in conservation, Peter has remained with the TfS programme since its inception, helping it to develop to its present position.

 The Trustee advisors are:

Del Johnson Contact
  Since Del’s university days he has had four distinct careers in scientific instrumentation, the plastics industry, the insurance industry, and finally his own importing, wholesale and retail companies.Since selling his business interests nine years ago he has been fully involved in community and volunteer work in both executive and governance roles in New Zealand and Overseas.
Julie Subiecki  Contact
 Julie has been a Rotarian since 1996 and president of the Ellerslie Sunrise Rotary Club in 2004 – 2005 and a Paul Harris Fellow.   She was intensively involved in an art exhibition for 7 years organised by the club where over $1.2 million was distributed to charities involving children in New Zealand.   She has been involved in the construction industry and ran her own company over a number of years.

Technical Consultant:

Mark Dean
 Mark’s career in the nursery industry started in 1980 when he left teaching to establish a nursery at Oropi. Mark had a passion for native species and what began as a lifestyle venture, transformed into a horticultural business success story with three large production nurseries across the North Island.
Mark Dean, Founder of Naturally Native New Zealand Plants Limited was awarded the Loader Cup in 2011 New Zealand’s highest conservation award.