Our Trustees

The Otago Community Trust is governed by 11 Trustees who are appointed by the Minister of Finance for a four year term. The Trustees collectively hold a range of invaluable skills, experience and knowledge that guide the activities of the Trust. They meet monthly at the Otago Community Trust Offices to consider donation requests, operational items and strategic direction.

Ross McRobie

Chair

Central Otago

Ross McRobie

Chair

Central Otago

Ross has a strong sense of community involvement which has been an on-going focus for him throughout his career. He was born and educated in Invercargill, and was a Chartered Accountant for over 30 years.

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Stephen Kornyei

Deputy Chair

South Otago

Stephen Kornyei

Deputy Chair

South Otago

Stephen was born and bred in Dunedin and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (accounting) from the University of Otago and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

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Peter Chin

Greater Dunedin

Peter Chin

Greater Dunedin

Peter was a founding partner in Web Farry Lawyers, one of Otago’s most established law firms. Peter has had a long involvement with community engagement, first elected in 1995 to the Dunedin City Council, representing the Hills Ward, he served three terms before becoming mayor of Dunedin in 2004. Peter served as the mayor of Dunedin for two terms from 2004 to 2010. 

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Kate Hazlett

Central Otago

Kate Hazlett

Central Otago

Kate Hazlett serves on the the Roxburgh Medical Services Trust and New Zealand Dental Council, and is a former Director of Gore and Districts Health Inc. and former West Otago Community Board member.

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Gina Huakau

Greater Dunedin

Gina Huakau

Greater Dunedin

Gina is a Dunedin Trustee and hails from a large diverse family including Kai Tahu whanau, Tongan fanau and Irish, Scottish ancestors. She has two young children with her partner Mark, and together they own Traction Lab Ltd which is an engineering and research company specialising in heavy vehicles.

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Colin Jackson

North Otago

Colin Jackson

North Otago

Oamaru-based Colin Jackson is Chief Executive of the North Otago Rugby Union. A graduate from the Wellington School of Journalism, he had worked as a journalist for the Otago Daily Times.

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Pip Laufiso

Greater Dunedin

Pip Laufiso

Greater Dunedin

Pip Laufiso has been involved in a wide range of community-based organisations, initiatives and activities locally and nationally for many years, with her key interests focused on arts and education.  

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Lauren Semple

Greater Dunedin

Lauren Semple

Greater Dunedin

Dunedin-born Lauren Semple is a partner of Greenwood Roche Chisnall specialising in resource management law. Passionate about urban planning, she has consented some of the largest new developments and subdivisions in the South Island including our own Forsyth Barr Stadium.  She is currently heavily involved in the rebuild of Christchurch.   

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Helen Webster

North Otago

Helen Webster

North Otago

Helen Webster was born and raised in Central Southland but has lived in North Otago since 1978. Helen and her husband have three adult children and two beautiful grand-daughters. She has been a Trustee with the Otago Community Trust since October 2009.

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John Wilson

Central Otago

John Wilson

Central Otago

John has recently moved to Wanaka where his wife has a business and to be closer to family. As an added bonus he gets to enjoy the benefits of living in an area surrounded by it’s natural beauty and unlimited outdoor adventures.  John is passionate about mountain biking, yoga and healthy food.

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