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Who we are

Meet the team who volunteer for PVOC Trust to manage, maintain and maximise the Pine Valley Outdoor Centre.

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Graeme Ellis

Graeme first discovered the Pine Valley Outdoor Centre in the late nineties and has been enjoying the camp and the environs ever since. Graeme started in the role of water testing, and has made his way to chairman. The excitement of watersliding with his children has now  been replaced with the excitement of watersliding with his mokopuna! Graeme is very proud to be part of the dedicated team that continues to provide a great facility to  young Marlburians for schooling, conservation, and outdoor experiences. 

Trust Chair

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Blair

Blair is half of the admin/ care taking team at PVOC with wife, Talia. He has been an official member of the Trust for 2 years but a supporter of the centre for many more. He first visited the PVOC as a teacher with his class in 2005. After teaching for 20 years, Blair recently took on the role of Heritage Education Manager at the Marlborough Museum where he works 4 days a week. The rest of the time you will find Blair pottering around Pine Valley doing handyman jobs and chatting to people.

Caretaker

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Karen

Karen has just been welcomed to the role of treasurer. Originally from Hong Kong, Karen has lived in New Zealand for 13 years. She loves being outdoors and discovering new and interesting places. She has enjoyed many visits up to camp with her daughter and looks forward to building the financial stability of the camp.

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Rowan

Rowan is the newly recruited representative for the Department of Conservation. Rowan brings with him vast knowledge about native flora and fauna and, about our local area. He enjoys sharing his passion for environment and conservation and, has worked with several groups visiting the PVOC. Originally from Golden Bay, he is now based in Renwick and works as the Supervisor - Biodiversity for DOC Wairau / South Marlborough.

DOC Representative

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Lloyd

Lloyd enjoyed an adventurous rural upbringing so encourages all young people to explore the outdoors and challenge their comfort zone.

He has had much satisfaction in designing the playgrounds and bbq areas over 50 years and seeing the enjoyment it brings.

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Greg

Greg has a long standing relationship with PVOC, and it only makes sense he is on the committee. Greg spends hours enjoying the centre, the valley and the hills surrounding it.

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Rex

Rex is a longstanding member with many years of service to the camp.

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Talia

Talia has been the Secretary of the PVOC Trust for several years now and currently lives at the centre with her husband, Blair. Talia takes care of all the bookings, enquires and generally keeps everyone on track. Previously a Kindergarten teacher, Talia now home educates their children while co-ordinating several other projects / groups in the local community. Being at home often means Talia is available to help out with anything you might need during your stay at Pine Valley.

Secretary / Caretaker

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Neil

Neil helps sometimes, (All the time. He is a handyman and project manager extraordineer. Neil is always ready to drive up from town to help out with any task big or small.)

He likes the people and the place and has been hanging around for 20 years. ( He also can be found volunteering at the Picton dawn chorus. He has a wealth of knowledge about pest trapping and wetland regeneration cultivated from years of volunteering on these projects. Neil is also very humble, Bracketed words added by editor)

Property Manager

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Val

Val has been farming in Pine Valley for 50 years and appreciates the history and environment.

Her children were 2 of the last 4 children to attend the Pine Valley school that closed in 1982. 

She has been heavily involved in administration until recently. Val feels that her and Lloyds lives have been enriched by all the friendships they've made.

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Jess

As soon as Jess moved back to Blenheim, her father and Chair of the PVOC invited her along to a meeting. After years of attending camps at PVOC, and volunteering in a range of community groups, joining the PVOC committee was the next logical step. 

Jess is passionate about the natural environment, and creating opportunities for all tamariki to experience it hands on.

Deputy Chair

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Beau

Beau joins the team with a wealth of local region knowledge. He enjoys the outdoors and assisting in community projects.

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Paddy

Paddy is the principal at St Marys Blenheim, and represents all local schools on the committee. His jovial attitude and willingness to volunteer connects these two communities. 

Schools representative

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Brian

An ex pupil of Pine 

Valley School, Brian has come full circle to spend time back in service to the facility. Brian brings many years experience in governance of schools. Currently Chair of Marlborough Girls' College Board of trustees. Previously chair of Renwick Primary school board -  6 years. Brian is passionate about ensuring every student in Marlborough has the opportunity to be the best they can be.

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"It's not just for school camps, our family loves it for a weekend."

“ We used PVOC as our base for series of MTB adventures  in the Richmond Ranges. The camp location was ideal and  the showers  were excellent "

"Volunteering here has built a wonderful connection for me and the kids - a grounding to this special place."

Volunteer Roles

Do you want to get involved in Volunteering at PVOC? Here is what you can do:

Join the trust committee. To start you can join our meetings (roughly 1 every 3 months) and see what you can bring to the table. Dont worry, it won't take long to get a job!

Sign up to assist the trap clearing in the pest management programme. (see activities page)

Keep an eye on our facebook page for working bees.