BPCT Trustees


















Mark Christensen - Chairperson

Mark is a natural resources lawyer, specialising in biodiversity issues. He became involved with the Trust when working on a Ministerial Advisory Committee on the protection of biodiversity on private land.

Mark is a trustee of WWF (New Zealand), is a consultant to the World Conservation Union, and the Project Champion for the Sustainable Business Council's Business, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Service Project.   


 Amy Carter

Amy is a managing partner at public relations firm Perception PR & Marketing. Her communications and public relations experience includes work with some of New Zealand's iconic charitable organisations including Surf Life Saving New Zealand, Swimming New Zealand, and St John. Amy's areas of expertise include community engagement, internal communications, fundraising, event management, and long term stakeholder communication strategies. 

She has always been heavily involved in the Canterbury community and has sat on boards at University of Canterbury Students Association, and Sumner Lifeboat.

Amy lives with her family at Taylor's Mistake and has been involved with the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust since 2011. Amy has a strong desire to improve the awareness of conservation efforts on the Peninsula and is incredibly proud to be involved with the Trust.  


David Collins

David has an MSc from what was the Joint Centre for Environmental Science (Canterbury and Lincoln universities) and works as a Resource Management Act hearings commissioner around the country. He has a lengthy record of local government service on the Peninsula, serving as chairman of the former Mt Herbert County Council and deputy mayor of the Banks Peninsula District Council. He also served as chairman of the Regional Council's Summit Road Advisory Committee for 10 years, administering the Summit Road Act.

Over the last 20 years or so he has been steadily re-vegetating his 11 acre property at the north end of Governors Bay, propagating all the plants.


Francis Helps

Francis is one of the founding members of the Trust. For 40 years he has been heavily involved with Little Penguin and Yellow-eyed Penguin conservation on the Peninsula including introduced mammalian predator control (since 1991), penguin nesting habitat management, penguin breeding, and supervising Massey, Lincoln, Waikato and overseas student pengiun studies projects in Flea Bay. He has also published articles on the Flea Bay white-flippered penguin in the NZ Journal of Ecology.

Francis currently runs a 600 hectare sheep and beef farm on the Peninsula in partnership with his son Daniel. He is also shareholder/part owner of Banks Peninsula Track Ltd.

Other interests include hunting, sailing, and art.  


David Miller

David was born in Wellington and lives in Decanter Bay, where he has owned his farm since 2001, and was one of the earliest covenanters with the Trust. David has a background in clinical psychology and public health, and has extensive experience in policy development, training, health systems implementaiton and organisational governance. He has worked in these fields in many regions for the United Nations and as the Ombudsman for the World Health Organisation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, in Geneva.

He lives permanently in Decanter Bay and, in addition to being a BPCT Trustee, is closely involved in the Akaroa Museum.  


Richard Simpson - Deputy Chairperson

Richard lives at Fishermans Bay on the easetern side of Banks Peninsula where he and his wife Jill farm 402 hectares, running beef cows and dairy replacements. They have BPCT covenants totaling 76 hectares.

He is Chair of the Banks Peninsula Water Zone Committee and has been involved with the Trust since its inception in 2001.  


Kate Whyte

Kate lives with her family at Oashore in the south-west corner of the Peninsula, on a farm she has managed as a privately owned ecological restoration project since 2001. She is passionate about protecting and restoring the natural splendour of Banks Peninsula, its unique and characteristic plant communities, bird song, and wildlife. She believes it is a privilege to live in such a dedicated, knowledge-rich community.

Kate has been actively involved in BPCT's work since its beginning and is committed to ensuring it remains a community-led trust that will continue to protect and enhance this world-class place in to the future.


Rebecca Parish

Rebecca is the Property Development Manager at Foodstuffs South Island. With a background in town planning, business, resource management, and governance.

With a young family, and work commitments she spends time on both sides of the Peninsula, but loves coming bome to their 130 acre property on a ridge above Okains Bay. She believes the Peninsula is such a special place, and is keenly focused on ensuring that the Turst's work retains its unique collaborative approach of community, goodwill, cooperation and individual commitment. 


Pam Richardson

Pam farms in partnership with husband Ian and son Andrew a 710 hectare Banks Peninsula hill country property. In 2007 they won a Ballance Farm Environcment Land and Life Award. Pam has a sound understanding of the issues affecting rural communities.

Pam is a founding member of the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust, Chairperson of the Akaroa Wairewa Community Board, a community member of the BP Zone Implementation Programme, as well as a member of the Goat Eradication Working Group, Banks Peninsula Pest Liaison Committee, Little River Flood Working Party, and just recently the Little River Issues Working Party. She is also involved with a range of rural health committees - Chairperson of the Akaroa Health Steering Group, the Akaroa Health Hub, and the Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation.   


Philip Helps

Philip resides in Port Levy. Married to Jane, they have jointly farmed their Port Levy property for in excess of 40 years. Other interest includes active involvement in a marine farming partnership. Philip's family has had a continuous association with the land as farmers on Banks Peninsula, dating back to the late 1830s. Philip is an active member within the Banks Peninsula branch of Federated Farmers. His recreational interests include fishing and shooting.