Marilyn Little, Trustee

Marilyn was immediately attracted by the opportunity of joining the MBNZT Board because she loves butterflies. She takes great delight in watching the adults when they flutter around her garden. Like many others, she takes care to plant with Lepidoptera in mind. A back-breaking job over the summer of 2018-19 was planting out 60 hebe at the top of her large section.

Marilyn is a Deputy Chief Executive (DCE) in the Department of Internal Affairs. As a DCE, she has Executive Board accountabilities as well as leading a diverse branch of over 480 people. Overall, she offers board and governance experience, a strong understanding of strategy and planning, and a track record in delivering priority projects.

She has lived in Wellington for 32 years having moved there from London with her NZ-born partner in 1987. They live in a leafy part of Wellington and are lucky enough to have native birds and bush all around.

Worryingly, though, butterfly numbers have not been as good lately. She hopes that as a Trust Board member she can play her small part in turning this around!