Nigel Hampton QC - Trustee & Chair

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Nigel Hampton QC graduated in law from University of Canterbury (1964, gold medal for top law graduate that year) and practised law continuously since then, apart from a two year term (1995-1997) as Chief Justice of the Kingdom of Tonga (the first New Zealander to occupy that position). Nigel is a member (and sometime chair) of many educational and charitable bodies, member (and sometime chair) of many disciplinary bodies (including rugby, racing and legal practitioners), office holder in a number of legal professional governing bodies, a member of both national and international law reform associations, an author of various legal texts and articles, deliverer of numerous lectures and seminars, first Commissioner of standards and discipline of counsel in the International Criminal Court, The Hague, and presently a member of the ICC disciplinary appeal board and awarded OBE for services to the law in 1988. Nigel was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989.

John Stuart - Trustee & Chair of Kahui Korowai

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John Stuart along with his wife Helen, farms a small beef breeding farm in Le Bons Bay and also works as a predator trapper in the Wildside Conservation area. John has lived on the Peninsula for over sixty years and is currently on the local RSA Committee. John has been a past President of the local Rugby and Rowing Clubs and his interests are local Peninsula history and biodiversity.

Helen Brown - Trustee - Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu representative

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Helen Brown (Ngāi Tahu) is Kairangahau Matua Tiaki Taonga (Senior Researcher Archives) at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. She has expertise in Māori heritage research, advocacy and management and works with Ngāi Tahu iwi, hapū, whānau and Kaitiaki Papatipu Rūnanga on Māori heritage projects. Helen has degrees in Museum Studies and English Literature and is currently completing her MA in History. She has a holiday home at Okains Bay and has been involved with the Museum as a volunteer, Secretary and Board member. In 2015 Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu appointed Helen as their representative on the Board.

Peter Ramsden - Trustee - Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata representative

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Peter Te Rangihiroa Ramsden started his career as an Environmental Ranger for the New Zealand Forest Service before commencing work in the mining industry in Australia where he gained the necessary experience and qualifications to reach Project Manager level. He later worked in underground excavation (massive), tunnelling for dam building in Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and the Peoples’ Republic of China before returning to New Zealand as superintendent for the construction of the second Tailrace Tunnel in Manapouri. Having experienced the total excess of how big corporations deal with the environment and tangata whenua, Peter was able to bring these lessons home to his own Ngāti Huikai, Ngāi Tahu people.
Peter has been fortunate in having the mandate of Ngāti Huikai and Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata to implement a large range of projects that reflect the responsibility of whakapapa. These achievements are reflected in the creation of four pou (carvings) at Koukourārata that represent education, employment, business and bringing people home. Peter also has a large involvement with  tribal interests and is involved in the creation of reserves and riparian fencing and planting which are helping to transform the Bay of Koukourārata.

Andrew Turner - Trustee - Christchurch City Council representative

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Andrew Turner is the Christchurch City Councillor for the Banks Peninsula Ward, and is also Chair of the council's Communities, Housing and Economic Development Committee. He was formerly a member of the Lyttelton Mount Herbert Community Board, and Chair of the Lyttelton Harbour Business Association. Andrew is a Trustee of the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust, the Lyttelton Harbour Information Centre, and the Lyttelton Returned Services Association. Prior to his election to local government, Andrew was involved in the development and management of number of Main Street businesses, and was involved in business development in emerging markets internationally. He has an interest in community development, and in this regard has been involved in governance roles with Project Lyttelton and the Lyttelton Time Bank. Andrew is passionate about heritage and its retention and preservation. He lives in Lyttelton with his partner and two dogs, and is also a Justice of the Peace.

Murray Thacker – Thacker family representative & Patron

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Murray Thacker is pure Okains. All of his 8 great grandparents having been early settlers in the Bay. Murray grew up in Okains Bay and attended the local school and began his collecting interest whilst there. On completion of his studies at Christchurch Boys High, he trained as a blacksmith, soon returning to Okains to manage his own farm and develop a very successful Hereford stud. The Museum began as his private collection in his own home, but when the opportunity arose, he purchased the Old Cheese Factory and spent the next 9 years setting up the Museum. This included the relocation and restoration of many Colonial historic buildings, forging links with Maori crafts people and commissioning the construction of the Whakaata and Pataka and the erection of the Whare Taonga. Murray is extremely well known and respected in New Zealand for his wealth of knowledge on Maori taonga and was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal shortly after gifting the Museum collection. He has served on the Board and as the President of the Christchurch Agriculture and Pastoral Show, on the Board of the New Zealand Antique Arms association, the Canterbury Pilgrims Association and the Board of Trustees of the Canterbury Museum. In 2009 he was honoured by the Canterbury History Foundation with the award of A.C Rhodes History Medal. Murray has also been a very strong supporter of the local community of Okains Bay, working to keep its vitality by encouraging families with school age children to live in the Bay and helping the store to stay open.

David Crichton - Trustee & Treasurer

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David Crichton joined the Board in late 2015. He studied at the University of Canterbury obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree. In 1967 David was admitted to partnership with Nicholls North & Nicholls (now Grant Thornton). He then founded Crichton Horne & Associates Ltd in 1999, a practice that merged with H.F.K Ltd in 2008. David has held numerous Institute positions. His professional interests have included business rescue and insolvency work. His varied and long accounting experience have given him an appropriate background for many special assignments including work for the Securities Commission / Financial Markets Authority , statutory management roles, inspector for many of the recently failed finance companies, Serious Fraud Office, Canterbury District Law Society and the Family Court. David has recently retired from public practice.

David’s interests are principally outdoors, including fly fishing, hunting, skiing and travelling. With wife Valerie David has a keen interest in heritage – David and Valerie recently gifted Scott’s hut (ex Captain Scott’s 1910-13 expedition to Antarctica) to the Department of Conservation – this hut is currently being re-sited near Godley Head. David and Valerie have a historic holiday home in Akaroa – they have three children and seven grandchildren.