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The Pacific Development and Conservation Trust

Talofa lava! Malo e lelei! Fakalofa lahi atu! Kia orana! Bula vinaka! Nameste! Halo olketa! Taloha ni!

The Pacific Development and Conservation Trust funds projects which promote sustainable development in the South Pacific (including Aotearoa), while conserving the natural environment and cultural heritage of its peoples.

Closing date for applications: 1 March and 1 September each year.

About the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust

This Trust was established by Trust Deed by the New Zealand Government on 23 May 1989. The money for the Trust was received from France in recognition of events surrounding the destruction of the vessel The Rainbow Warrior in 1986. For a short history of The Rainbow Warrior, go to Greenpeace website.

The Trust's net income is made available each year for groups in New Zealand and the South Pacific to use for charitable purposes.

  • To promote the enhancement, protection and conservation of the natural environment of the South Pacific, and of its natural resources.
  • To promote the peaceful economic, physical and social development of the South Pacific and of its peoples, to the extent that the use of any natural or historic resource is not inconsistent with its conservation.
  • To encourage and promote the peaceful conservation and development of the cultural heritage of the peoples of the South Pacific.
  • To encourage and promote peace, understanding and goodwill between the peoples of the South Pacific.

Guiding Principles
  • To maintain the life support systems and biological diversity found in New Zealand and the South Pacific through sound conservation and resource management.
  • To promote "sustainable development". This is defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".
  • To promote self-reliance and maintenance of cultural heritage amongst all peoples of the South Pacific in the pursuit of sustainable development and sound resource management policies.
  • To promote greater awareness of the dependence of peace and security on sustainable development and environmental well-being.

Advisory Trustees

Ms Esther Cowley-Malcolm (Chair)
Mr Suli Tuvuki
Ms Sue Maturin
Dr Diane Menzies
Mr Trevor Richards
Dr Mere Roberts
Mr Samuelu Sefuiva

Profiles of Trustees:

Ms Esther Cowley-Malcolm (Chair), Auckland

Esther Cowley-Malcolm is Chair of the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust. She is a Samoan New Zealander, married and has one son.

She has extensive governance experience as inaugural past Chairperson of Newmarket Primary School Board of Trustees, past Member of Wesley College Board of Trustees, past National Secretary of PACIFICA Inco, current President of PACIFICA Auckland Central Branch, Member of the New Zealand Laboratory Technologists Board, Ministry of Women's Affairs Research Reference Group and Member of the Management Board of the Pacific Islands Families Longitudinal Research study.

Ms Cowley-Malcolm has extensive community networks, strong leadership skills, speaks Samoan and English and is passionate about social justice and environmental issues. She has a BA (Soc Science) and Diploma in Teaching and is currently writing her thesis for her Masters degree (Research and Public policy) as well as working full-time as Manager of Research Workforce Development and Co-ordinator of Equity in the Faculty of Health, Auckland University of Technology.

Dr Diane Menzies, Christchurch

Dr Menzies is a Commissioner for the Environment Court. She has significant experience in environmental management, with strong mediation, research and planning skills. She is also currently Secretary General of the International Federation of Landscape Architects.

She was a Councillor for the Royal Forest and Bird Society and representative to Birdlife International, and former Director of the Christchurch Environment Centre.

Dr Menzies is currently completing a Masters in Management (Dispute Resolution). She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Resource Studies, a Master of Business Administration, and Diplomas in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture.

Trevor Richards, Wellington

Trevor Richards is currently the Manger of the External Relations Unit of Volunteer Services Abroad. He has extensive experience in international affairs, with a particular focus on the African Continent. He has worked with a wide cross section of Non-Government Organisations and is skilled in public relations and information, research and writing, and management. He has written extensively for newspapers, magazines and academia. Mr Richards has been a member of a number of committees and was a member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Advisory Committee on Southern Africa.

Mr Samuelu Sefuiva, Auckland

Mr Sefuiva is a consultant with a focus on the not-for-profit and public sectors. He has extensive knowledge of, and significant networks within, Pacific Island communities.

His community involvement includes being past President of the Pacific Islands Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Pacific Business Trust, Founding Trustee of the South Pacific Performing Arts and Tourism Trust, and Member and Adviser of the Auckland Samoa Advisory Council.

He has a Diploma in Corporate Management from the NZ Institute of Corporate Management and a Certificate of Community Studies.

Mr Suli Tuvuki, Wellington

Mr Tuvuki is a tutor in Business Communication at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. He is involved in environmental community groups both locally and in Fiji.

He has undertaken volunteer project work that assists ethnic community groups in the areas of education and the environment in Palmerston North and Waikato and is currently assisting in the development of an early childhood education centre for the Fijian Communities in Palmerston North and Hamilton.

Mr Dave Bamford, Wellington

Dave Bamford is a partner and co-founder of a private consultant firm for Tourism, Conservation and Protected Areas. He was a park ranger for 11 years covering field management and field assessment. He worked for the Samoan Tourism industry and has worked in Malaysia as a Project Manager and as a National Park Specialist. Between 1997 and 2003 he worked as a consultant for NZAID Fiji Ecotourism Programme and since 1997 has worked on the Tonga NZODA Nature Tourism Programme. Mr Bamford has worked on numerous other projects over the last 15 years throughout Asia and the Pacific.

Mr Bamford is a member of the Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas and is National President of the NZ Alpine Club (2003-2005). He holds a BSc and a Diploma in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.

Ms Keni Moeroa, Christchurch

Keni Moeroa is Cook Island Mäori and currently works as an administration coordinator/community worker for the Dunedin Pacific Islanders Advisory Council Inc. She has an extensive background of consultation and development with the Cook Islands and Dunedin communities. She is fluent in Cook Island Mäori and Mangaia.

Ms Moeroa is a member of the Restorative Justice Advisory Committee, the Family Start Service Board of Management, the Dunedin Community Law Centre Management Committee (2000), and the Rarotonga Tumukorero Language Nest.

Mr Dermot Gordon, Dunedin

Dermot (Derry) Gordon is a part-time lecturer in civil engineering at Canterbury University. Previous roles have included Research Fellow, University College London, and at City University, London and Chief Photogrammetrist, Aerosurveys, Papua New Guinea.

He has been active in his community and was Founding Trustee of the Patient Advocacy Trust, Convenor of Mt Pleasant Health Discussion Group, Member of the Quaker Peace and Service Committee, the Restorative Justice Services Trust, and Executive Member of Mt Pleasant Community Centre.

He holds a BSc and MSc from the Netherlands and is a Qualified Surveyor.

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