Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust

We would like to introduce the Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust ( cc 47451), a registered charitable organisation, which was established in 2011. This organisation has made a commitment to protect and enhance the natural heritage of Tui Nature Reserve, Marlborough Sounds.
(Read the Aims and Missions of the Trust below.)

The Trust oversees the Tui Nature Reserve Biodiversity project, a project that was started in 1994 with the aim of restoration of the natural heritage of the Otuhoto Peninsula in the Waitata Reach, Outer Pelorus, Marlborough Sounds. This award winning project is well on its way to being successful in the restoration of the native habitat and its wildlife, breeding of captive native species for release and the planned re-introduction of species formerly present, such as the South Island Robin. This has been made possible with the help of many volunteers from all over the world.
In 2018, the Trust also opened Koru Native Wildlife Centre in Linkwater, Picton. With the help of our major sponsor NZ King Salmon, Lottery Grants Board and Rata Foundation.
The Trust has developed educational programmes for young people to encourage the awareness of environmental matters.
The Board has five Trustees and an Advisory Group of 16 members, with a wide range of skills and expertise who are all contributing towards the intentions of the Trust.
The list of endangered species in New Zealand is growing, partly by the degradation of habitat by introduced predators, such as possum, mustelids, goat, wild pig, deer, etc. The members of the Trust are all working hard to bring about a reversal of this decline within the Marlborough area and nationwide.

Warm Regards,
Brian Plaisier - Chairman

About the Board

The Trust’s Board is made up of five people and is supported by a comprehensive advisory group that have skills and expertise in; ornithology, herpetology, entomology, biodiversity and captive management of native species.

Board members

Raymond Smith – Ngati Kuia representative
Tom Stein – Queen Elizabeth II National Trust representative
Maike van der Heide – secretary Trust, writer
Ellen Plaisier – treasurer, managing Koru Native Wildlife Centre
Brian Plaisier – chair, managing Tui Nature Reserve


To assist the promotion of projects, services and advocacy that promotes and/or benefits the preservation, protection and/or restoration of the natural heritage of the Otuhoto peninsula in the Waitata Reach, Outer Pelorus, Marlborough Sounds.
Invite and stimulate understanding and appreciation of the environment specific to the Tui Nature Reserve and to conserve wildlife by promoting restoration, education and research of New Zealand's habitat within local communities within Marlborough and nationwide to ensure that environmental awareness is passed on to the next generation(s).
To generally support and contribute to the growth of the reserve as a significant and vital element for the well being of all endangered native species.

Tui Nature Reserve Wildlife Trust

Email: | Phone: +64 (0)27 4483447

Private Bag 65023, Havelock 7150 Marlborough