Mary has lived in Tauranga in the beautiful Bay of Plenty since 1944 and has six adult children and 13 grandchildren.
Her current chairing roles include, Envirohub Bay of Plenty, the Welcome Bay Community Centre and she also serves on the Bay of Plenty Community Response Forum and the Technical Implementation Group SmartGrowth.
Recently Mary was appointed as a District Licensing Commissioner under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Her previous roles include Board Member of Philanthropy New Zealand, Chair BayTrust, Deputy Chair Tauranga Art Gallery Trust and Chair of the PrimeHealth Trust for Community Development.
Mary served as an elected member of the Tauranga City Council for 21 years, including six years as Deputy Mayor. During that time she developed strong connections with local iwi and she values and respect Maori perspectives.
Mary has a deep interest in the sustainability of our environment and in the development of local strong resilient communities.
Paula Thompson – BOP Regional Councillor
Anne graduated from Massey University with a BHortSc in 1977. Worked for RST Environmental Solutions Ltd, a bioengineering company specialising in erosion control, overseas as a Research Assistant with UNDP on a project growing exotic species in desert areas, and in China as a volunteer for WWF and for Roots and Shoots, a Jane Goodall initiative that teaches youth about the environment and humanitarian values. Presently administrator for Friends of Galapagos NZ, an organisation focused on conservation of the Galapagos Islands.
Max Mason and his family arrived in Tauranga twenty years ago from Scotland. Max was born in Zimbabwe, and studied and worked in the UK.
He was initially employed by Tauranga District Council, spend two years in International Education, and was CEO of the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce for over five years.
In 2013 he was appointed Village Manager of Bob Owens Retirement Village which has 550 residents and 200 staff. Max says this gave him a deep insight into the needs of the retirement community and experience in leading a large organisation.
In 2015 he took six months off to thru-hike the 3,500km Appalachian Trail through 14 eastern US states which he says was the hardest, but most fulfilling endeavour he has ever undertaken.
Spending six months in the wilderness re-connected him to nature and he has joined Envirohub BOP as a trustee, to support sustainability in the Bay of Plenty.