Our people

Tom Smits

Predator control team lead

Tom is a biodiversity ranger with DOC and leads the project’s predator control operations. He first started possum trapping when he was 11 and says being involved in a cutting edge project to rid such a huge area of predators is his “dream job”.

Tom has worked with the country’s rarest parakeet, orange-fronted parakeet/kākāriki karaka in Arthurs Pass for ten years. Before joining Te Manahuna Aoraki Project in 2018 he managed predator control for the Rakaia Braided River programme protecting similar birds to the ones he will be working with as part of this project. 

Our board

Dr Jan Wright
Chair
Devon McLean
Director
John Henry
John Henry
Rūnaka Director
Julia Mackenzie
Julia Mackenzie
Director
Mike Slater
Department of Conservation senior liaison officer
James Holborow
James Holborow
LINZ representative
Stephen Phillipson
NZ Defence Force representative