Our Trust is driven by a group of like minded Endeavour Inlet residents.
Whether we live there full time - or just dream of it - we're all committed to making our patch of the world a great place for generations to come.
Our vision is to see the return of native and endemic species that have either disappeared or are at high risk of disappearing forever from the Inlet. One day we would like to hear kiwi call at night and at dawn hear the chorus first described by Joseph Banks:
Carey Virtue, Chair
Carey has been instrumental in getting the Trust up and running, and is the inaugural Trust Chair. She has spent most of her life hiking, climbing, biking and sailing her way around New Zealand, and when she and her family first bought their section in Endeavour Inlet it was largely grass and pig fern.
Over a decade later, their intensive native replanting, pest plant control and pest eradication efforts have seen their land become 80% regenerating native bush. It's not uncommon to see bellbirds, tui, kingfisher, kereru, fantails and the occasional New Zealand Falcon - all over a cup of tea on the deck.
David Dunns, Treasurer
David has been a bach owner in Endeavour Inlet since 1974. The Sounds are a special place to relax and enjoy nature at its best. David’s wish is that through the work of the Trust the Endeavour Inlet will be free of introduced pests, and residents can help return the flora into a habitat where we can introduce kiwi into a safe environment.
David is also a trustee of the Canterbury West Coast Westpac Air Rescue Trust.
John and his wife Judy have been restoring their land in Endeavour Inlet for 35 years and now have over 300 species of Sounds flora established in their Puhikereru Bush Garden, including a plantation of 600 locally sourced totara trees. John is actively involved in several Sounds’ restoration initiatives that are working towards the core vision of the Endeavour Inlet Restoration Trust – the conservation and restoration of the Inlet’s unique biodiversity.
John was one of the founders of New Zealand’s biosecurity system and still provides international consultancy in that discipline. He is currently co-owner of seven ultra-free range hens and chairs the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.
Four generations of the Rhodes family have had a bach in Endeavour Inlet for 53 years, and David has been spending his holidays there since he was a nipper. He has a passion for trapping and wilding pine eradication, and for encouraging future generations to safeguard the Endeavour Inlet native forestry for years to come
David currently works for central government in a role that focuses on Crown High Country Land Management, and which includes partnerships with South Island high country community organisations targetting biosecurity issues, specifically wilding tree eradication.
Mathea and her partner Keran have owned their property in Endeavour Inlet since 2001 and now spend nine days a month living in paradise. Being involved in the Trust has opened up a whole new world for Mathea – from exploring the hills around the Inlet, to learning about best practice trapping, managing the EICT Facebook page and writing funding applications.
When not walking the trap lines in a black singlet, Mathea works as an independent evaluator, based on The Terrace in Wellington. She is also a part-time PhD student at Melbourne University.