Conservation Minister Nick Smith has appointed three new
members to the Guardians of Lake Wanaka. They are John Darby,
Don Robertson and Alan Cone.
Reappointed members are Helen Tait, Barrie Wills and Taare
John Darby is retired but was previously assistant director
and head of sciences at Otago Museum for 44 years.
He is involved with many conservation trusts, has a strong
interest in natural sciences, and is surveying avifauna of
Lake Wanaka and Lake Hayes.
Don Robertson is retired but was chief scientist for
biodiversity and biosecurity for Niwa.
He has 38 years of experience in aquatic resource management
and research, and is also involved with the Guardians of Lake
Alan Cone is a semi-retired farmer and businessman. He has
held many community positions and has a keen interest in
environmental issues. He has previously been involved with
Lake Wanaka issues.
The appointments are for three years.
A decision has yet to be made over who will chair the group.
Dr Smith said the Guardians of Lake Wanaka played an
important overseeing role in the preservation of Lake Wanaka,
which is one of the few southern lakes with an unmodified
''The lake is protected by special legislation that provides
the guardians with a watchdog role to ensure that the lake
and its shoreline remain unspoilt for the enjoyment of future
They are empowered under the Lake Wanaka Preservation Act
1973 to report and make recommendations to the Minister of