Response from afar to call for trustees

June 04, 2019 - 122 views

The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark Trust has had interest expressed from as far afield as Auckland in its call for trustees.

As the trust tried to establish the Waitaki district as a Unesco global geopark - or a geographical area where internationally geologically significant sites were protected and promoted for sustainable development - it would establish a group of up to seven members.

The three original trustees would review applications this week, trust executive manager Gerard Quinn said.

"It will be an organic process, as the recruitment of trustees needs to reflect the stage of the trust and the geopark project, the skill sets and networks required, and the team fit with other trustees.

"This may influence the number of trustees we appoint at any one time, so we will remain open to hearing from anyone interested in the role,'' he wrote in an emailed response to Otago Daily Times questions.

He said more than a dozen "initial inquiries'' had already been passed on to trustee Mike Gray.

At the end of April, the ODT reported the trust withdrew its application through the New Zealand National Commission for Unesco. The trust would resubmit once the district was able to present a higher standard application to Unesco evaluators.

The trust earlier submitted a 300-page dossier to Unesco headquarters in Paris in November.


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