WET Trustees

Ray Maw (Deputy Chair) – Ray grew up on a farm near Southbridge and has worked with many of the land owners within the catchment of Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere. He was closely involved with the formation of the Trust, acted in a liaison role between the Trust and Environment Canterbury until 2009 and served as its second Treasurer. Now being self-employed enables Ray to reconnect with furthering community driven initiatives aimed at improving the health and biodiversity values of the lake

Grant Bonniface (Treasurer) – Grant’s family have been involved with the Lake and surrounds for over 100 years. His family farm borders the Lake between the LII and Selwyn Rivers and they have a bach at Selwyn Huts.  Much of Grant’s childhood was spent at the Selwyn Huts accessing the Lake and its tributary rivers for fishing, shooting, swimming and boating. He has continued to have an interest in the intrinsic values associated with the Lake environment. This interest has led Grant to commence plantings along the Lake margin.

Ruth Markham-Short (Chair) – Originally from Nelson but with local family connections, Ruth moved to the area for postgraduate study in Environmental Policy at Lincoln after working as a solicitor in Auckland.  She is now working in Christchurch as a planner. Ruth enjoys running and tramping and is keen to help address some of the many issues facing Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere as a WET Trustee.

Hamish Rennie – Hamish grew up on the family farm opposite the Selwyn Huts and spent many hours on or in the river, Lake and margins. He returned to Ellesmere in 2007 after 20 years working in central government departments and Waikato University. An Associate Professor at Lincoln University in environmental planning, he is also tending a small orchard established on land owned on the Selwyn.

Brett Painter – Brett joined the Board due to his interests and enthusiasm for research-based solutions to Lake and catchment problems. His involvement with the Selwyn Water Allocation Liaison Group and upbringing in Greenpark means he is very familiar with issues affecting the Lake.

Peter Chamberlain– Peter is chairman of Harts Creek Streamcare Group and a long time farmer on the tributary (Harts Creek) to Lake Ellesmere.

Kelvin Coe – Kelvin’s family have farmed the Lake edge for several generations, and were some of the original European settlers. Kelvin is Mayor of Selwyn District, past president and treasurer of North Canterbury Federated Farmers, and a founding member of Selwyn Sustainable Agricultural Society.

Ken Hughey – Ken is a Professor at Lincoln University (Environmental Management Group), DOC’s Chief Science Advisor, and has had a long research, fishing and ecological association with the Lake throughout his career.

John Lay – An arable farmer in the lake catchment for 45 years, John also lectured at Lincoln University for 20 of those years and retired in 2004 from the position of Director of the  Applied Management and Computing Division. John is now the Executive Chairman of an international company producing software for Agriculture.

Brian Reid – Brian has had a recreational interest in the Lake for over 50 years, particularly hunting for duck and fishing for brown trout – “the Lake has given me so much, it’s time to give something back”.  Brian also has a particular interest in the conservation of the marine environment.

Murray Stephens – Murray farms at Irwell and is the third generation on the property known as Waipuna, with 8 kms of stream boundary with the Irwell River. For over 50 years Murray has had a connection with the Lake and in his younger days was heavily involved with the Ellesmere Aquatic Club at the Lakeside Domain. Murray was also a founding member of the Selwyn Sustainable Agricultural Society.

Ronlyn Duncan – Ronlyn moved to Canterbury from Tasmania in 2011.  She lives in Lincoln and is Senior Lecturer in Water Management at Lincoln University.  Much of Ronlyn’s teaching, which encompasses environmental monitoring, catchment management and knowledge governance, is focused on the Lake, its tributaries and catchment.


WET Secretary – Kelly Governor

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the recent death of founding Trustee Rob McPherson. Rob was a past Chair of WET and the driving force behind the digitisation of the Ellesmere Echo (1891 – 1945) through the Papers Past project.  Our condolences to Rob’s family.

We also farewell as a Trustee Judith Kidd who recently resigned to concentrate on other interests.  Judith has been WET Secretary for the last few years and a champion of the Green Footprint restoration project.

Last updated September 2016