About the Trust
The Lake Dunstan Charitable Trust Board was established in 2015 and is regarded by the community and our elected representatives as the ‘Guardians of Lake Dunstan'. Our objectives are:
Charity Reg: CC57320
- To work with the wider Cromwell community and relevant organisations to enhance and protect Lake Dunstan and its catchments.
- To raise awareness about the importance of maintaining and improving the water quality and health of the lake and other waterways.
- To encourage the development of a management plan and monitoring framework for Lake Dunstan.
- To work with the community and relevant agencies to support the measurement and monitoring of water quality.
- To seek funding and assistance to support the Trust's activities.
Charity Reg: CC57320
Werner Murray - Chairman
I moved to Cromwell with my wife and young kids in 2014. I am a town planner, doing most of my work in the Central Lakes area. I am an elected member of the Cromwell Community Board in my second term and serve the Cromwell Museum Trust and Cromwell & District Community Trust as part of my Community Board duties. I am also part of a Department of Internal Affairs programme that focuses on Community Lead Development called Connect Cromwell.
I have a real interest in Lake Dunstan which was peaked through a planning lens – as the lake is not natural and was formed as part of the Clyde Dam project. This makes it interesting from a planning-related point of view. The changing nature of the lake is interesting to me as it constantly provides challenges for our community to learn to live with and benefit from.
Duncan Faulkner - Community / Project Manager
I am a technology entrepreneur with a serious passion to support the Cromwell Community. I moved to Cromwell 8+ years ago with my wife and children and am extremely grateful for the support and opportunities the closely-knit town gave my family. Now I want to pay it forward.
I am excited about creating a lake that the Cromwell community is proud of and a legacy for future generations to come. There is so much potential for our lake and it's about time we did something about it!
Karleigh Hoera - Trustee & Legal Counsel
I have lived in Cromwell with my husband and children for the past 15 years. I am a solicitor at the local law firm Checketts McKay Law, which generously allows me to spend many pro-bono hours assisting the trust with their legal work. I have a passion for the environment and being outdoors and want to see Lake Dunstan protected and enhanced for the benefit of future generations with increased biodiversity of native flora and fauna around the lake.
I know what it takes to put the right building blocks in place for a successful charitable trust and governance structure and am committed to working with the other trustee to get the best outcomes for Lake Dunstan and the Cromwell community.
Karen Gallagher - Trustee
I was born and raised in Cromwell and grew up in the time when Lake Dunstan was formed. I have a great love for the environment and outdoors Cromwell provides, and this is what lured me and my whanau home in 2011. I am excited to be a trustee on the Lake Dunstan Charitable Trust and work alongside like-minded people who are committed to advocating for Lake Dunstan, and managing projects that will ultimately enhance Lake Dunstan and the Cromwell Community.
I am a passionate educator who is keen on providing authentic, real-life learning contexts for my students - in particular Lake Dunstan. I promote student's voices and believe in empowering the youth and future generations to take action to protect and preserve their lake and environment.
John Prunnell - Secretary
I am a sports turf management professional whose career has spanned the golf course, stadia and council open space management sectors over the previous 20 years. Having moved from the upper North Island, I have lived and worked in Cromwell for the last 4+ years as a tertiary educator leading the sports turf management programmes at Otago Polytechnic’s Central Campus. A key focus for our training is sustainable practice and stewardship of the land and other natural resources such as water management and protection – Kaitiakitanga.
Lake Dunstan is the focal point of our landscape and provides nourishment and enjoyment to our diverse community and visitors. I believe it is our collective responsibility to protect and develop this great asset for future generations. I enjoy spending time outdoors with my fiancé Katrina and son Oscar.
Matthew Shand - Accountant
I joined the LDCT team in late 2020 to help with the accounting side of things. I am a chartered accountant and director of the Local firm accounting firm, Mead Stark Ltd.
I have been living and working in Cromwell for over 20 years, as well my grandparents previously living here back in the 50’s and later retiring back to Cromwell in the late 80’s. Both myself and my extended family have been avid lake users since the 90’s, both fishing and water skiing. I have grown in concern at the gradual decline of the wonderful asset that is Lake Dunstan over those years.