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We are a group of dedicated volunteers advocating for and preserving the unique history and heritage features of Greytown in South Wairarapa, the first planned inland town in New Zealand. We are passionate about its buildings, trees and streetscapes. Formerly the Greytown Community Heritage Trust (est. 1993, the  Greytown Heritage Trust has continued to play a key role in maintaining and celebrating Greytown's heritage features. It works to uphold the council's heritage bylaws and undertakes ambitious projects such as its popular Heritage Walking Route and Cycle Routes. Meet our Trustees and read more about our work here.



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It’s a privilege to continue as a trustee of the Greytown Heritage Trust. I continue to have a strong interest in and passion for Greytown’s heritage. As I’m now retired from paid employment I can put more time and energy into Trust work and into my role as a convenor of the Friends of O’Connor’s Bush – we are a conservation group who help care for our native bush in Greytown Soldiers’ Memorial Park, Kuratāwhiti Street. I’m very involved with the writing of our heritage signs – I hope to be able to do more research work now, not just the writing of the text. There’s always room to learn and I’m keen to get a better working knowledge of resource and planning law and the consent process. FRANK MINEHAN I am a Registered Architect, with heritage qualifications from the University of Canberra. From a governance perspective, I provide experience that is singularly construction focused. My background includes: National President of the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB), the inaugural National President of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Chair of the NZIOB Charitable Trust, and current Chair of the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB). My industry accolades include the prestigious NZIOB Medal (2009). I founded Accent Architects and ran the practice for 22 years, with my earlier career spent at Ampersand Architects (Director) via TWIA Architects (Graduate/Associate). 
I am currently an Architect 
at Catalyst. GINA JONES, FNZIA, FNZIOB It was the trees and architectural heritage of Greytown that drew me here from Auckland. Greytown is like a time capsule. My background is in concept design, both interiors and landscape. I see my role on the Greytown Heritage Trust board as promoting and protecting Greytown’s superb heritage, in a spirit of partnership with our community. CRAIG THORBURN My connection to Wairarapa goes back to 1876 when my adventurous Swedish descendants first arrived in the region. My business and home are located on Greytown's Main Street in a building that was once our original bakery - Duff's Bakery. Through sensitive extensions in 2016 and using my lifelong passion and skills in design the building preserves and celebrates its past whilst enriching the future of our Heritage Precinct. Being part of the Heritage Trust gives me another opportunity to positively contribute to the community that has warmly welcomed me here. I am privileged & honoured to continue as a trustee. LORRAINE HALL



















 Ko Tararua te maunga Ko Waiohine te awa Ko Papawai te pā Ko Ngāti Moe te hapū Ko Te Manihera Rangi-taka-i-waho 
te tangata. Our whānau have lived at Papawai/Greytown for six generations since the sale of the Kuratawhiti block in which Greytown is established. I am thrilled to have been invited to join The Greytown Heritage Trust. It is important to me that we maintain the uniqueness of Greytown, preserve its heritage and celebrate Greytown being the first planned inland settlement and first town to celebrate Arbor Day in NZ. I bring a mana whenua perspective to the trust and look forward to working with such an enthusiastic group of people. MAAHI KAKA I do feel very honoured to have been elected to the Greytown Heritage Trust and look forward to putting my experience as a fundraiser, former Rotarian and a retailer to good use in advancing the Trust's activities. I have the privilege of running my business from one of Main St Greytown's beautiful historic buildings and through this, I experience on a daily basis the public's respect and admiration for our town's wonderfully preserved heritage. TRACIE DONALD I was delighted to be invited to the Greytown Heritage Trust in 2021. My husband Adam and I both own businesses on Greytown's Main Street and since moving here in 2014 the preservation and promotion of Greytown special heritage has been an important cause to us. I grew up on an apricot orchard in Central Otago and trees have always had a very special place in my heart. Through my businesses I've raised $30,000 (and counting) for native tree charity Trees That Count, and recently I led a fundraising project to secure the future of Greytown's Giant Gum tree where our community rallied together and raised $10,000 for remedial bracing work. I hope to do more for Greytown's heritage trees as part of my work with the Trust. MILLIE BLACKWELL I am very pleased to have been asked to join the Greytown Heritage Trust. My career has been in hospitality, being involved with a number of new ventures in Wellington. I moved to the Wairarapa in 1998 and in 2002 was part of the set-up team for the opening of The White Swan. I bought and redeveloped The Tin Hut after that. Privately I have developed and refurbished a good number of heritage houses around the South Wairarapa. I am a keen gardener and committed to the beautification and protection of the history, both architecturally and arborally (if that is a word!) in the 
South Wairarapa district. MARCUS DARLEY

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