Trustees and officers (secretary, treasurer) are responsible for the running of the Moths and Butterflies of New Zealand Trust.
Glenn Johnstone, Auckland, Trustee and Chair, appointed 28 July 2013
Lyn Barnes, Auckland, Trustee, appointed 17 March 2016
Mark Bateman, Auckland, Trustee, appointed 17 March 2016
Rebecca Bibby, Auckland, Trustee, appointed 20 May 2012
Joan Fairhall, Auckland, Trustee, appointed 21 October 2015.
Patricia Jacqueline (Jacqui) Knight – Secretary/Trustee, Auckland, appointed 7 June 2005
Kathryn McIntyre, Auckland, Trustee, appointed 17 March 2016
Maurice Mehlhopt, Auckland, Trustee, appointed 17 March 2016
Xanthe Noble, Auckland, Trustee, appointed January 2014
Hugh Smith, Bay of Plenty, Trustee, appointed January 2015
Treasurer: Carol Stensness, appointed October 2010
Auditors: Hartnell Grond Walker, formerly Bray Cormack Dow, Kaitaia (Carlita Grond)
Biodiversity Advisor: Brian Patrick from Wildland Consultants
Educational Advisor: Jessie McKenzie from the Royal Society of NZ.
Legal advisor: Tom Allen of Corban Revell, Henderson
Carol Stensness lives in Auckland and has had a lifelong interest in Monarchs. She remembers having swan plants at home as a child.
In 2002 she started rearing butterflies in a couple of adapted banana boxes, partly to help save the few plants she had, and also to protect the caterpillars from paper wasps. Now she has a caterpillar castle… and is thinking of getting a second one.
Carol has a background in administrative and accounting support, and has been a member of the MBNZT since 2005. She has participated in tagging each year which she enjoys.
Pictured: Carol with her grandson, Riki.
Jessie McKenzie is our educational advisor and is the Project Manager in Science Education with the Royal Society of NZ.
She promotes, encourages and supports research and technological practice to teachers and their students.
Jessie leads CREST, an international awards scheme. She also leads the Advancing Primary Science programme designed to raise the profile of science teaching and learning in schools.
Hugh Smith joined the trustees in January 2015. He has been a teacher for 31 years, nineteen years of these as a primary school principal.
Throughout his teaching career, Hugh has used the natural environment as a teaching context and has facilitated numerous camps and field trips believing that students should learn about the world they live in by going out and exploring it. Hugh’s work experience has included accounting, residential childcare, youth work and as field assistant with a wildlife film team.
An interest in monarch butterflies covers twenty years during which time he has established extensive plantings of swan plants at school and at home. He has nurtured an interest in monarchs amongst hundreds of young people which has included an involvement in the tagging programme for a number of years.
Recently, he has been volunteering in the butterfly garden at Te Puna Quarry Park.
Hugh lives in Omokoroa, just north of Tauranga. Currently he takes on short term acting principal roles and relief teaching and enjoys reading, gardening, kayaking, environmental projects and travel.
Hailing from England, Xanthe has a great passion for butterflies – Monarchs in particular – and started a butterfly garden last year with her students as part of their Duke of Edinburgh badge. She wants to use the educational platform to motivate, involve and inform students.
With the college right behind her she has released over 300 butterflies and planted 200 swan plants this season.
Since the heady days of watching butterflies in the vege patch as a young kid growing up in Palmerston North, Glenn has gone on to have a career that has spanned large corporates through to small and medium businesses.
With a background in finance, my current role as an IT Telephony CEO sees me dealing with all facets of business – especially legal, contract, strategy, product development and marketing.
Working in and around governance has played a large part within all the roles I’ve had. Wanting to take this further and bring my energy and direction to something I had a passion for saw me jump at being a part of the Moths & Butterflies of NZ Trust.
I can’t imagine not having butterflies and moths – who doesn’t want their kids to grow up with swan plants, monarchs and other Lepidoptera in their childhood?
Jacqui lives in Blockhouse Bay, Auckland where she is a freelance writer, desktop publisher, and the persona of ‘Madam Butterfly’ when she visits schools to talk about… butterflies. She also works for Duffy Books in Homes as the regional representative.
Jacqui has been playing with butterflies ever since she can remember; taught all she knew to her two sons and will no doubt do so with her grandchildren too (current count three).
There were butterflies aplenty in Joan’s childhood in Blenheim – that fleeting, flitting enchantment almost taken for granted. Then a career embracing radio and TV presentation and journalism in both
New Zealand and the UK, and as communication consultant for NZ corporates and businesses. She is a director of Fonebank Recycling NZ Ltd.
Over more than twenty years her involvement with Special Olympics saw her transition from ‘mum the chauffeur’ to aquatics team manager, Chair of Special Olympics North Harbour, and Regional Councillor. Butterflies ate their way through dozens of swan plants when her sons were youngsters, but they took on a special significance when helping her intellectually disabled son to cope with the death of his beloved wife – and led to her involvement with MBNZT. Joan says she still has a lot to learn about butterflies, moths and the MBNZT and is keen to give her full support.
Rebecca is an environmental chemist with specialist skills in aquatic systems and water quality.
She has applied her skills and experience to a wide variety of projects, both autonomously and as part of large multi-disciplinary teams, to investigate, quantify and provide solutions to complex water-related problems both here and overseas.
Prior to this Rebecca was employed as a teaching and research technician in the School of Geography and Environmental Science at The University of Auckland.
Rebecca has a strong interest in environmental matters including the protection and maintenance of New Zealand’s biodiversity. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) and Master of Science degree (MSc) in Environmental and Marine Science at Auckland University.
Rebecca lives in Auckland and in her spare time she enjoys reading, tramping and yoga.
For the past twelve years Mark Bateman has been the NZ Regional Director of Storage King, working to expand the business throughout NZ. He is a Life Member of the Self Storage Association of Australasia, an industry he has worked in for over 25 years.
While family is his prime interest being a Life Member of Eden Rugby sees me involved in club organisation and watching a lot of rugby during the winter. He also likes classic cars, belonging to the Zephyr Club, and driving a Mark 1 Zephyr as his hobby car.
During the late 90’s, when Auckland was sprayed for the painted apple moth, Mark saw the devastation of monarch butterflies in the Mt Albert area. Time has gone by and he has recently returned to Mt Albert and planted some swan plants. His granddaughter and he watched as the butterflies went through their life cycle. He said that each caterpillar was called ‘George’ which soon turned into lots of Georges, much to his granddaughter’s delight.
The monarch butterfly is a species that brings colour and a point of interest to every garden. He says that if he can help bring colour to our gardens then he thinks that it is a good thing.
Kathryn McIntyre lives on the Tutukaka Coast in Northland where she tends gardens, farms cattle and raises monarch butterflies. Her passion for monarchs began about ten years ago and progressed from nurturing a few caterpillars in a small bird cage to hatching over 700 last year in a purpose-built butterfly nursery.
A retired journalist, Kathryn has volunteered as a biographer at North Haven Hospice and helps staff the Matapouri Library. She and her husband Bill Thiele enjoy entertaining friends and looking after their pets, including two dogs, a horse, goldfish and a footless red billed seagull named Pirate.
Maurice Mehlhopt is not sure when he became a butterfly devotee because as a child in Timaru his main job in the summer was to whack all the white butterflies that invaded the family garden. His father would pay him! He was a butterfly bounty hunter!
So maybe by way of conscience about three years ago he popped his first swan plant in his Ponsonby garden and that one plant has now become 20! He says there is a constant swirl of butterflies all around – and in! the house. He says it looks more like something out of Disneyland.
Having spent all his working life in the strongly logical hard edge of the business world, how a slug shuffles on a green coat and emerges as a butterfly would defy the world’s best magicians!
The most surprising reaction has come from the two plants he grew on his berm last year. He was continually amazed at the number of people who stopped to watch the butterflies and the caterpillars, children in particular taking great care to put any caterpillars that had fallen off back onto a leaf!
He said it has been the highlight of his summer.
He has researched Lepidoptera for nearly fifty years in New Zealand and extensively overseas, producing over 250 publications on the subject.
Brian has served as a Ministerial appointment on the Otago Conservation Board, and as Past President of the New Zealand Entomological Society. Previously he was Project Leader of the Otago Museum’s Tropical Butterfly House development and has also been Director of Central Stories Museum, Alexandra, Central Otago.
With his son Hamish he authored BUTTERFLIES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC in 2012. Currently he works as a consultant scientist based in Christchurch specialising in insect–plant relationships.
As you can tell, butterflies are not only his lifelong passion but a very important part of his work.
Lyn grew up with swan plants and monarchs and is now surrounded by hundreds of them. She initiated the community garden in Eden Terrace which was recently recognised by the Trust as an excellent example of butterfly habitat.