The Aoteaora Community Trust was incorporated on the 15th June 2012 (Cert if Inc # 2561785). This incorporation formalised the Community Trust that had been working as an informal group for a number of years promoting more sustainable living on Great Barrier, including the problems of waste.


The objectives of the Trust are:

To research, promote  and practice the principles of sustainable living
To create change toward  environmentally sustainable living on Great Barrier Island
To create change in people’s attitudes, knowledge and practice of environmentally sustainable living on GBI.

The Trustees are Noelene Ngawaka, (Secretary), Angela Wright, (Treasurer), Judy Gilbert ,  (Chair), Sean McCarthy, and Des Casey. All but one of these Trustee is an island resident.

While the Trust is a relatively new Trust, the Trustees have considerable depth , knowledge and experience in working with iwi, local authorities, government departments, and community groups:

Noelene is the current chair of the Kaka Marae Committee and deeply involved in Maori community affairs and community art.

Angela is the Island’s accountant and brings financial expertise and broad community group knowledge. She has also initiated a number of successful island events and ongoing groups such as the Movie Club.  She is a trustee in the Aotea Housing Trust, was a founding trustee of SEA Education Trust and was on the Board of Trustees of Mulberry Grove School for 12 years.

 Judy has been managing the Windy Hill Rosalie Bay Sanctuary since 1999 and has considerable ecological knowledge, is a successful employer, and has been a Trustee on the Great Barrier Island Environmental Trust for 10 years.

Des Casey has recently retired from the Department of Conservation, is a professional councillor, and brings a range of skills to the Trust.

Sean McCarthy has been involved in a number of successful businesses on island and currently owns and manages the Claris Centre. He has a keen interest in Waste and considerable experience with the Landfill having been involved as a director of an island road contracting business.

Since its inception the Trust has researched and promoted two key waste minimisation projects: the development of papercrete blocks for small buildings or insulation made from waste paper, and vermiculture utilising the food and green waste taken from the waste stream. The Trust has reported frequently to the Local Board on its activities.