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Two QEII directors elected

Two directors have been elected to the Board of the Queen Elizabeth the Second National Trust by members of the Trust.

“We are pleased to welcome James Hunter back to the Board and Dr Megan Balks from Waikato as a new director,” said Sir Brian Lochore, Chairperson of QEII Trust.

“This is James Hunter’s second term on the Board,” he said.

“James is a sheep and beef farmer from Porangahau and has previously been a councillor on the Central Hawke's Bay District Council.

"He has a covenant on his farm protecting 42 hectares of bush to which a 10ha wetland is being added. James is a strong believer in the QEII Trust ethos of voluntary protection.

“Megan Balks has over 20 years of teaching and research experience in soil and environmental sciences at Waikato University.

"Originally from a Wairarapa sheep farm where her father established an early QEII covenant, she and her husband Errol Balks, a land surveyor, have a small sheep farm on Mount Pirongia with 23 hectares of lowland forest remnants protected with QEII covenants,” said Sir Brian.

The appointments are effective from 1 April 2010.

Published 17 March 2010

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