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About us

As a not-for-profit registered Charitable Trust, the OPBG has developed a strategic management plan which requires the dedication and long-term commitment from industry professionals.

The OPBG team is comprised of 8 volunteer Trustees, a contracted Project Manager, a contracted Operations Manager, and several part-time contracted Operations Assistants. The OPBG has one employee, being the Volunteer Coordinator.

Introducing OPBG Trustees

Hoani Langsbury

Chairman Hoani Langsbury

has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Ecology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Geography. Hoani is active on the Otago Peninsula Community Board, Trustee of the Yellow-Eyed Penguin Trust and a Takata Tiaki for the Otago Coastal Marine Area. He is the former chairperson of the Otago Conservation Board and a former member of several national species recovery groups. He is the Manager of Operations Taiaroa Head, he is responsible for the Royal Albatross Centre and Blue Penguins Pukekura.
Brendon Cross

Deputy Chair Brendon Cross

is a sixth-generation farmer on the Otago Peninsula.He has strong rural community networks. Brendon plays a pivotal role in generating landowner support for the project as well as providing active input in the OPBG operations.
David Chalmers

David Chalmers

has a PhD in environmental psychology and has held several research positions in health sciences at the University of Otago. In 1990, he helped establish an injury prevention research unit in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, serving as Deputy Director and Associate Professor. He has written two books, over 100 scientific articles and numerous commissioned reports. After retiring in 2010, he and his partner shifted to Macandrew Bay where they are revegetating their 0.8 hectare property in native species. David is an OPBG volunteer, undertaking bird and rodent monitoring, and community trapping. He brings considerable experience as a scientist, project manager and administrator to the Board of Trustees. Dave served as Chairman of the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Trust from 2016 to 2017.
Bev Dickson

Bev Dickson

has a science background and a keen interest in environmental issues. She worked at the Portobello Marine Laboratory for 35 years where she was manager of the research facility for twenty of those years. Bev also worked for the Otago Regional Council for ten years in a part time role as their Oiled Wildlife Response Co-ordinator. She has extensive experience working in the field, in areas including coastal Otago, Fiordland, Antarctica and Indonesia. Bev has lived on the Peninsula for most of her life and currently lives at Papanui Inlet.
Laurie White

Laurie White

has a hospitality/tourism background. He has lived in Macandrew Bay for many years after returning from working overseas. He has managed an airline catering production kitchen, owned restaurants in partnership with his wife, and created a monthly tourist publication. Fully retired Laurie leads an active life with an interest in the environment, Member of the Dunedin Photographic Society, treasurer of the Otago Alpine Garden Group and treasurer of Save the Otago Peninsula (STOP). Laurie White is the Treasurer of the OPBG.
Marita Eisenlohr

Marita Eisenlohr

has been living on the Peninsula since 2013. She started her involvement with the OPBG looking after a couple of rodent monitoring lines and was then elected as a trustee in 2015. In 2016 she took over the position of secretary when Moira Parker stepped down from that role.
Mark Crawford

Mark Crawford

has over 30 years involved in the farming industry as an advisor, tutor, technical farm rep and fertiliser consultant in Balclutha, Mark shifted to Dunedin 4 years ago to be a Farm Environmental Consultant and currently works at Ravensdown. He and his family live on the Peninsula near Glenfalloch and Mark sees his involvement in the Trust as a way of helping the community with the skills he has developed over his career in Agriculture.
Mark Crawford

Dr Jenny Rock

is a biologist with 20 years’ experience in field- and lab-based biological research, on both invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Much of her work has had an applied focus, whether on population genetics as it relates to conservation biology and evolutionary ecology, or on thermal adaptation and climate. She also holds a degree in human ecology, and much of her recent research and teaching has been in community-based participatory practice and inter/transdisciplinary interaction. For nearly a decade, she lectured in science communication at the University of Otago, and now holds multiple research and adjunct faculty positions, both at U Otago, and internationally (University of Westfjords, Iceland; College of the Atlantic, Maine,USA).
Mark Crawford

Richard Carlson

grew up in Highcliff Road, Portobello before heading overseas in 1992 and volunteering for Greenpeace. Several years of environmental activism in Australia led to a career specialising in logistics, research and direct-action projects in Indonesia, PNG and Japan. In 2002 while living in the UK Richard was approached by Greenpeace International to co-ordinate a forest project in Finland and since then has been a freelance Action Co-Ordinator, gaining extensive experience of global projects and further specialising in marine operations and remote area projects. His travels into the Southern Ocean for whaling and fishery's protection campaigns resulted in a renewed appreciation for the ecology of New Zealand and our sub Antarctic islands. Richard returned to live in NZ in 2008 with his partner Kate and young family, and together built a modern, earth insulated eco house with renewable power system at Shag Point. Last year Richard moved back to Portobello, and is very pleased to be a part of this wonderful Otago Peninsula project as we move into the final years of the eradication plan.

Introducing staff

Nathan McNally

Manager

Matthew Montgomerie

OPBG would like to introduce Matthew Montgomerie (Montie) our new Manager. Montie was most recently involved with Biosecurity work for Auckland Council, specifically the plant pathogen, Phytophthora agathadicida. He has a variety of work experience, ranging rom making snow on Mt Ruapehu to Recruiting Staff for Restaurant Brands. Montie is originally from Clevedon, he grew up on a farm that borders the Hunua Ranges. Montie has made a recent return to Dunedin where he had previously studied commerce at the University of Otago. He is joined by his Partner Susie who is originally from New England, USA and their lab-mix Tigger.
Bruce Kyle

Operations Manager

Bruce Kyle

worked at Invermay in the 1980s then at Mt Linton Station for a few years. That was followed by 16 years at DOC, advising Area staff with their pest management programmes. More recently Bruce has worked as a fisheries observer and pest contractor. Bruce has been working for OPBG since 2012, doing both possum control and possum monitoring (follow-up trapping to measure possum abundance).
Marcia Dale

Guardians Volunteer Coordinator

Marcia Dale

Marcia Dale is an ecologist and artist who lives right at the start of the Peninsula in Andersons Bay. She helped set up the bird monitoring in 2011 and has been a volunteer since then. Her previous roles have included track building at DOC, field technician at Landcare Research, Yellow Eyed Penguin guide at Penguin Place and terrestrial ecologist at Ryder Consulting. She is a member of the Sector 5 Guardians and runs a trap line on Chisholm Golf Course.
Nathan McNally

Peninsula Coordinator

Mike Stuart

Mike has been a resident at Harwood for the past 16 years and has worked as a gardener on the Peninsula and Dunedin city for the past ten years. After completing his education in botany, zoology, ecology and marine science at Otago University, Mike spent two years at the Department of Conservation managing the eradication of an introduced seaweed at Stewart Island. This was followed by nine years experience as an environmental consultant working primarily on marine biosecurity and pest management. Mike is excited at the opportunity of engaging with the Peninsula community and supporting volunteer activities toward reaching the OPBG goals of eradicating possums and a Predator Free Peninsula.
Nathan McNally

Trap Network Technician

Robert Ashton

A recent arrival to Dunedin, having arrived from Nelson 2 years ago. Rob has a background in Marine Engineering most recently working in Singapore and Western Australia. Instead of drilling holes in the sea bed or cleaning the bilge Rob can often be seen working with the herd of donkeys and small horses at Gills corner or setting the new AT200 auto resetting traps around the Peninsula.
Nathan McNally

Trap Network Technician

Micaela Kirby-Crowe

Micaela recently moved back to Dunedin from Invercargill and has fallen in love with the Peninsula, thanks to spending a good part of this year living in Broad Bay. She completed a Master of Wildlife Management in 2015 and since then has mostly been working for DOC in Invercargill as well as spending a year living in Munich drinking beer, eating cheese, and hiking in the alps. At DOC she spent three summers doing biodiversity monitoring, followed by a year working with the Maukahuka Pest Free Auckland Island team. Micaela loves all the weird and wonderful wildlife that the natural world has to offer and is looking forward to eliminating mammalian predators from the Peninsula, allowing our native species to thrive.

Previous Trustees

Rod Morris: Chairman 2017 – 2018; Trustee 2015 – 2017;
Brian Templeton: 2016 – 2018;
Ally Campbell: 2012 – 2018;
Rhys Millar: 2009 – 2018;
Moira Parker: 2008 – 2017; 2018 OPBG Volunteer
Matt Anderson: 2012 – 2016
Ian Turnbull: 2012 - 2015
Bob Morris: 2012 - 2015
Sam Neill: 2009 - 2012
Irene Scurr: 2009 - 2012
Matt Harcombe: 2009 - 2013
Neville Peat: 2009 - 2014
Luke McClelland: 2009 - 2014
Edward Ellison: 2009 - 2014

Scientific Advisors

The OPBG maintains a close relationship to various scientific experts for advice and guidance on a broad range of biodiversity matters and predator control. The OBPG acknowledges their regular assistance and long-term commitment to support our vision.