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Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust Board Community Trustee Vacancy

27 October 2020

Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust Board Community Trustee Vacancy


Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (SMM) is New Zealand’s most ambitious and inspirational ecological restoration project.


Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust Board (MEIT) is responsible for leading, establishing and giving visibility to the vision and mission of SMM. The Sanctuary is vested in a unique iwi/community co-governance arrangement (Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust) with trustees representing landowners, mana whenua and the community. 


As inspired kaitiaki, our Board of Trustees are challenged with developing and setting strategy to grow the sustainability of this project. Our Strategic plan has four key strategic objectives:


  1. SMM is widely recognised as a world class conservation project
  2. Maungatautari is a Top 20 NZ recognised ecotourism destination
  3. Productive partnerships are a feature of our success
  4. Sound financial management by the Trust and continued donor support, underpins increasing economic viability of the SMM project


The Board is seeking to appoint a community trustee who can contribute to continuing to implement its strategy and grow SMM’s inspiring deliveries to our local, regional and national communities.


Skills/ competencies sought

  • A commitment to be an inspired kaitiaki for SMM
  • Proven senior level governance or executive experience in SME’s
  • Experience in the development of tourism strategy and visitor product
  • Specialist knowledge and experience in conservation, tourism and/or education
  • Experience in growing social enterprise founded on deliveries on the UN SDG’s
  • Business and personal networks that are relevant to MEIT’s business, the region’s business community, iwi, conservation or tourism in New Zealand.


Commitment required

6 weekly board meetings


For further details.
Contact SMM CEO Phil Lyons (07) 870 5180 if you have any questions and/or require further information about the Trust and/or Trustee position.


For information about the Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari project go to


To apply

Please send a CV and any supporting information by email to