Antony Simpson, General Manager
Antony and his family have been living on Stewart Island for several years, having been drawn here by their love of the outdoors and the opportunities for hunting and diving. As GM he is responsible for preventing rats, cats, possums and deer from gaining access to the Reserve, and to detect and remove them when they do occasionally manage to make their way around the ends of the fence.
Antony also looks after the education centre and over time will develop walking tracks and other facilities to support education, research and ecotourism activities within the Reserve.
In Antony's own words...
"I came to this work at the Reserve because I believe in what we are doing and achieving. The challenge we have is to make this sanctuary a better place for our outstanding bird life and the forests that support them,
Tiakina nga manu,
kaora te ngahere.
Kiaora te ngahere,
Kaora nga manu.
Look after the birds
and the forest flourishes.
If the forest flourishes
the birds flourish.
And to share this with all the people who visit here to learn, or study, or enjoy the wonder of it all."
Roy Thompson, Trustee
In 2017 the Reserve was purchased by a family trust associated with Roy and his wife Rachel, and they subsequently established the Mamaku Point Conservation Trust in order to engage the wider community in their biodiversity, education and sustainability objectives for the Reserve.
Roy and Rachel are originally from Central Otago farming backgrounds and currently live in Auckland. Roy's been a regular visitor to Stewart Island since 1974 and has been hunting and diving around the Island almost annually since the mid 1980’s.
Phillip Smith, Trustee
Phillip is an original Stewart Islander and respected elder within the local iwi. As owner and operator of Bravo Adventure Cruises, a company that specialised in Kiwi spotting trips on Stewart Island, Phillip has over 23 years experience in guiding under a concession permit from the Department of Conservation.
Phillip has a deep knowledge of the Stewart Island ecology and has been proactive in the welfare of Kiwi. He also takes an active role in the maintenance of the tracks and facilities around Stewart Island.
Philip Seddon, Trustee
Phil is a Professor of Zoology and Director of the Postgraduate Wildlife Management Programme at the University of Otago. Phil’s areas of expertise include reintroduction biology and application of conservation translocations; seabird ecology; pest species management; protected area management; and nature-based tourism impact mitigation.
Phil is currently also a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission's Reintroduction Specialist Group; External member of Department of Conservation recovery groups for Kaki (Black stilt), Takahe, and Hoiho (Yellow-eyed penguin); Member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), and member of the WCPA Task Force on Tourism. Phil is also an advisor on restoration projects in Indonesia, Mongolia, Austria, and the Middle East.