Marlborough Local Advisory Committee

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Marlborough Local Advisory Committee

Welcome to the new Marlborough Local Advisory Committee - mihi mai rā.

The Marlborough Local Advisory Committee has now been established. Read more below about who is involved. 


After six years as the Department of Conservation’s resident ranger on Mana Island, Trevor moved to the Marlborough Sounds in 1992 to set up a resort in Te Mahia Bay. In his time in the region he has championed a range of local environmental and tourism projects including establishment of the Queen Charlotte Track. He is the Commissioner and Chair for the Marlborough Environment Plan Hearing Panel and a former Marlborough District Councillor Chair.




A former General Manager of Destination Marlborough, Tracy now operates as a tourism consultant working with councils, iwi and other stakeholders to support destination management and product development planning.  As a grape grower, Tracy is an elected member of the Wine Marlborough Board. She is also Deputy Chair on the Board of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and a Director of Eastern Institute of Technology. She was formerly Chair and Trustee of Bike Walk Marlborough and the Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough.




Amber is Office Manager at the Marine Farming Association and has previously held a range of administrative, management and operational roles throughout the South Island. She is on various local Marlborough committees including the Havelock Mussel Festival committee. Amber is also a member of the Blenheim volunteer brigade.  





Chris has had a 40 year career in the NZ Defence Force, retiring as the Director of the Army Reserve.   He now owns and operates a Holiday Park on the family beef farm in the Sounds.  He chairs the Primary Industries Adverse Events Network,  and is the Adverse Events Coordinator for the Rural Support Trust and an Alternate Controller for Marlborough Civil Defence.




Danny’s background is in the Marlborough timber and forestry industry. He is the current Chair of the Kaikoura Historical Society and a former Mayor of Kaikoura.  He has substantial experience in emergency management, having previously chaired the Marlborough Kaikoura Rural Fire Authority and St Johns.






Mark owns and operates a large local supermarket which provides more than 100 community sponsorships throughout Marlborough each year. He has extensive business continuity planning experience gained from the Kaikoura and Seddon/Ward earthquakes, local flooding events and most recently the local response to COVID-19. Mark is Chair Trustee of Ministry of Education’s Piritahi Schools Cluster and Chair of the Witherlea School Board of Trustees.




Mark has managed a building supplies company in Picton, and volunteers for Land Search and Rescue and Surf Life Saving.  He was in the NZ Police for more than 20 years and was the local chair of the Police Association. He has also had an extensive cycling career representing New Zealand internationally and coaching.





NIC JOHN (Member)

Nic has been Improvement Manager Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough for the Department of Conservation (DOC) since 2017. He was a former member of the senior academic staff at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, and, prior to that, had a twelve-year career in air traffic control.





Of Ngāti Rarua and Ngāi Tahu whakapapa, Rod lives in Picton and had a long career with Cook Strait ferries as well as being a volunteer firefighter. He now volunteers health and well-being support to firefighters throughout Marlborough. He also worked with the local Police to set up the Cactus programme for local at-risk youth and was on the Queen Charlotte College School Board of Trustees. 




The map below shows the area that the Marlborough LAC will cover (shown in dark blue).


If you want to know more about the Marlborough Local Advisory Committee, please contact our local team, or the Region Manager. 

Local Fire and Emergency management team

Region Manager: Paul Henderson