QEII National Trust regional representative Rob Wardle: ''I
know the area well.'' Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
QEII National Trust regional representative Rob Wardle
might have been in the job less than a year, but his bosses
have just given him a bigger office - 53,000ha of space, in
Mr Wardle's role involves working with landowners and parties
with an interest in a covenanted area.
Significantly, his job includes monitoring key sites to
ensure the terms and conditions of the covenant agreement are
''I only started in October and this has been my first
covenant inquiry,'' Mr Wardle says.
''Traditionally, there hadn't been a QEII representative in
Central Otago; it was recently served from Christchurch.''
Having lived in Central Otago since 1992, during which time
he has worked for Landcare Research, Landcorp Property Ltd
and the Department of Conservation, Mr Wardle has an
extensive knowledge of high-country vegetation and land use.
''I know the area well.''
The QEII National Trust's primary point of contact with Soho
Properties Ltd manager Russell Hamilton, Mr Wardle will also
deal with surveyors, solicitors and a range of interested
parties, including the New Zealand Walking Access Commission
and Department of Conservation.
''When you look at the motivations of Soho, I don't expect
any problems,'' Mr Wardle says.
''I haven't dealt with Mutt Lange directly but, through
Russell Hamilton, I have got a feeling for Mutt's motivations
- and that is to make a difference.
''He purchased the properties in his name and obviously gets
some satisfaction from having that environment around him.''
Also a keen tramper, skier, kayaker and mountain biker, Mr
Wardle knows full well the recreational potential of
Motatapu, Mount Soho, Glencoe and Coronet Peak stations.
''The fact a lot of that country will be available to the
public gives it similar attributes to a national park.''