Bushy Park Trust

Trust & Vision

Bequeathed to Forest & Bird by the late GF Moore in 1962, Bushy Park has been diligently cared for by a local trust made up of volunteers.

The Bushy Park Trust was established in 1994, and is administered by a core of volunteers.

Objectives of the Trust are:

  • The preservation and enhancement of the 90ha forest by ridding it of all predators.
  • The enhancement of native bird life and the introduction of rare and endangered species once found there.
  • To provide the opportunity for public education, recreation and enjoyment of the Homestead and forest.
  • To provide in the Homestead a facility of accommodation and entertainment.
  • To provide an education programme for students.


The Bushy Park Trust AGMs are held annually, usually in September/October of each year. For more information please contact Liz Tennet, Chairperson of Bushy Park Trust, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bushy Park Sanctuary Trustees

Chairperson Elizabeth Tennet Former MP, tourism operator, economic development manager, textile industry representative, Tourism NZ and Conservation Board member. Currently a Community Law advocate and conservationist
Deputy Chairperson Kevin Ross Former CEO of Whanganui District Council and conservationist
Board Member Wilf Emmett Founder of Emmetts Construction and conservationist
Board Member Barry Wards Specialist Advisor and Scientist with the Ministry for Primary Industries, member of NZ Forest and Bird
Board Member Rosemary Rippon Administrator, businesswoman, conservationist
Board Member Alan Taylor Farmer, Whanganui District Councillor, nominee from Whanganui District Council
Board Member Dave Hopkins Farmer, won Horizons Supreme Balance Farm Environment Award
Board Member - job-share, Education Committee Kevin Booth/ Robin Paul Teachers, educators, and conservationists
Board Member &
Membership Officer
Clare Raisin Specialist administrator, governance experience, conservationist
Board Member Leaara Kauika-Stevens Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi Kaihaapai Secretariat & Administration
Secretary Debbie Adam

secretary and conservationist



To make education bookings for Bushy Park

Margie Beautrais (educator at the Whanganui Regional Museum) co-ordinates education bookings for Bushy Park Sanctuary, as well as offering pre and post learning sessions at the museum. Her contact details are:

Margie Beautrais
BP Education Committee Co-ordinator
Phone: 06 3491110
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Bushy Park Newsletter

The August 2014 Bushy Park newsletter has been added. (PDF - 711 kb)
For previous copies, click here.

News from The Bush

Hihi/Stitchbird translocation:
A new publication is available for download. The report into the Translocation of the Stitchbird can be downloaded by clicking here. (PDF: 4.1MB). Updates on the Hihi translocation can be viewed on our new page by clicking here.
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Chairperson: Phone (027) 295-0928 Homestead: Phone (06) 342-9879 info@bushyparksanctuary.org.nz