Woodlands seeks board members

WoodlandsGordonton’s Woodlands Homestead is looking for new board members.

Manager Kirstie Alley says it’s a great opportunity to help preserve an important part of New Zealand’s history.

“Woodlands has a long history – it’s an original homestead and garden of national significance, with plants dating back to the 1880s.  It was fundamental to the development of land in the Gordonton area and the creation of the Gordonton community.

“It is the gem in the Waikato the preserves the pioneering history for future generations.”

The hunt is on for board members from within the local community or from outside the district.

“We’re looking for new members who will bring their enthusiasm, resources, skills and abilities to help support Woodlands and future projects.”

Board meetings are held once a month, usually lasting under two hours.  There is also a sub-committee meeting each month and an annual AGM.

“This year we want to further improve and preserve the estate and fundraise for various ongoing and future projects.”

She said Woodlands was special because it is a public reserve, with cricket oval, nationally significant gardens, café, weddings and function facilities.

“Visitors and our community are often unaware of the value of work completed by volunteers who have kept Woodlands to the standard it is today; the level of funding applied for, the standard of improvements and goodwill given is essentially due to hard working and passionate volunteers and board members.”

Successful applicants will have a mix of the following:

  • Business experience at a senior level
  • High level of governance awareness
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team
  • An affinity with the local community (Gordonton) and the history of Woodlands
  • Experience in friend-raising and fund-raising
  • Finance experience


Woodlands is owned by Waikato District Council and is administered by the Trust Board, which is a registered Charitable Trust.

For more information on this role, click here.

Applications close at 5pm on 17 February 2020.


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