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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!
Ms Esther Cowley-Malcolm (Chair)
Mr Dave Bamford
Mr Dermot Gordon
Dr Diane Menzies
Ms Keni Moeroa
Mr Samuelu Sefuiva
Mr Suli Tuvuki
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Last updated: 11/10/2005