Lyn Wade, QSM (Chair)

Lyn is a Registered Nurse working at the Warkworth Birthing Centre. In 2014 she graduated with a BSc.Appl. As part of her degree she completed two theses on Hauturu: "Are translocations having an adverse effect on the resident populations on Hauturu?" (2009); and in 2014 "A survey of aquatic invertebrates and fish in a selection of intermittent streams on Hauturu." She spent six years on Warkworth Primary School BOT followed by a further six years on BOT at Mahurangi College. Her interests include boating, gardening, botany, photography and pottery. Lyn's interest in Hauturu began at an early age sparked by her father, Dr. W.M.Hamilton's involvement with scientific research on the island for many decades.

Mary Binney

Mary holds a Master of Public Policy and has worked in a range of roles in central and local government, with particular focus on governance processes and strategic planning, and is currently working in the Funding team at Auckland Transport. Mary has had a life-long interest in conservation and the arts, and has been involved in a range of not-for-profit organisations as a volunteer and at a governance level in both these sectors. Mary is the daughter of the Trust’s founding Patron, the late Don Binney, OBE.

John Clark

John is a management consultant. Previously the National Managing Partner of law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, he is a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School. He has been involved with several environmental and community organisations, and is a keen tramper.

Mick Clout

Mick Clout is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Auckland, with longstanding interests in conservation and vertebrate ecology. He first visited Hauturu more than 40 years ago and has maintained a strong interest in the island and its biodiversity. Mick has chaired the Kakapo Recovery Group for more than 20 years and is a member of the NZ Conservation Authority.

Evan Hamlet

Following a successful career in the UK as a civil engineer and project manager, Evan returned to New Zealand with his wife Anna and settled in Ngunguru. In 2010, Evan established Huanui College based on his educational philosophy and as a way of contributing to the community. Evan is involved in a range of environmental causes and regularly leads Working Weekends to Hauturu.

Shane McInnes

Since leaving school and gaining a Parks Management Degree, Shane always had the aim of being a Ranger on Hauturu. A 15-year career with the Department of Conservation followed, with over 10 of those years spent on islands including Raoul, Kawau and a Rangers role on Hauturu between 2005 and 2011. Having left DOC in 2013, Shane now manages Hobsonville Marina and lives with his wife Chantelle and their two children in Whangaparaoa. Family and work keep him busy but he loves to get out and enjoy the magnificent Hauraki Gulf whenever possible. He is a qualified skipper and has had voluntary roles in Civil Defence and Rural Fire. He also placed first in the Form 1 Boys high jump at Stanmore Bay Primary in 1988. Shane’s passion for Hauturu never disappeared and he was excited when asked to be a trustee in 2017.

Rodger Murphy

Rodger is a Chartered Accountant, a retired partner from Deloitte and is currently Chief Risk Officer at Auckland Transport. Rodger has spent 30 years in governance, risk management and audit roles assisting a number of New Zealand organisations in the private and public sector. He has assisted a number of community groups in voluntary roles including the Auckland SPCA and the YMCA along with sports clubs. His interests include boating and fishing around New Zealand.

David Stone

David is a lawyer and has been involved in a number of charitable conservation and environmental groups at governance level for many years. Participating actively in the activities of these groups as well as in their administration, complements and enhances his outdoor interests, which include tramping, fly-fishing, kayaking and boating.

“It is a privilege to be a Trustee of LBST and contribute to the work of the Trust to assist DOC protect and preserve the native wildlife and vegetation of what is New Zealand's pre-eminent and oldest Native Reserve and New Zealand’s "Ark", Little Barrier Island/Hauturu.”

PATRON – Ruud Kleinpaste, honorary mnzm


Born in Indonesia, raised and educated in the Netherlands and migrated to New Zealand in 1978 with an MSc (Hons) in silvicuture, animal ecology and conservation from Wageningen University. Entomology was always an important hobby that later became part of his media persona: the Bugman. Ruud studied kiwi in Waitangi forest and worked as scientist (entomology) with the Ministry of Agriculture for 14 years, before tackling the world of media, communication and consultancy on his own.

Newstalk ZB's Ruud's Awakening was a popular radio talk-back program for more than 27 years. Television programmes were numerous and varied over the past 25 years, with highlights Maggie's Garden Show, the children's programme What Now? and various series for Animal Planet and Discovery Channel (Buggin' with Ruud, etc). He is a regular magazine columnist on ecology, bugs and gardening and wrote a few books, while lecturing plant protection at UNITEC in Auckland. In 2008 the Waikato University bestowed on him an Honorary Doctorate and in 2009 his alma mater University in Wageningen (the Netherlands) awarded him the prestigious prize of Outstanding Alumnus.

He's a trustee of Project Crimson, Kiwis for kiwi, the Air New Zealand Environment Trust, Kids Restore New Zealand, the Omaha Shorebird protection Trust and patron of the Little Barrier Island Supporters Trust, the National Wetland Trust, as well as Trees for Survival, Southland Community Environment Trust and Wingspan.

Environmental Education is becoming an increasingly important facet of his activities: "If we are serious about our Operating Space (the Planet) then we need to ensure that the younger generation are trained to become Science and Nature-literate ". Ruud is championing environmental education projects from Fiordland to Hawkes Bay (Cape to City) and Bay of Islands, engaging whole communities in citizen science. Try stopping him!