Our people

Orokonui employs around 20 staff (10FTEs) including casual guides, education assistants and café workers. Staff are complemented by a strong team of volunteers who contribute more than 12,000 hours per year.

Otago Natural History Trust

  • Allie Cunninghame – Chair
  • Geoff Plunket – Treasurer
  • Lyn Carter – Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki representative
  • Yolanda van Heezik
  • Georgina Pickerell
  • Deb Wilson
  • John Barkla
  • Alison Cunningham

Orokonui Business Board

  • Alister Robinson – Chair
  • Geoff Plunket – Treasurer
  • Cheryl Adams
  • Kent Chalmers
  • James Nation
  • Alison Cunningham
  • Allie Cunninghame

Orokonui Foundation

  • Sir Julian Smith
  • Allie Cunninghame
  • Geoff Plunket
  • Grant McKenzie

The Otago Natural History Trust acknowledges the mana whenua status of Kati Huirapa Runaka ki Puketeraki and the Runaka’s role as kaitaiki in relation to the Orokonui Ecosanctuary.