Our country is home to many endemic species, which means they are uniquely special to New Zealand. It’s our vision to help, protect and conserve our wildlife, and remove their threat of extinction.

Wildbase Recovery Community Trust is a Charitable Trust tasked with raising funds which will be granted to Palmerston North City Council for the sole purpose of building, operating and maintaining the community funded Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery.

The world-class sanctuary will be a place for ill or injured animals to rehabilitate in a stress-free and purpose-built environment, while educating national and international visitors about our native wildlife.

Doug Smith


Doug has over 48 years experience in the heavy construction industry, and is a qualified arbitrator in this field.  He has been involved with the Property Committee of PNGHS for many years, and currently assists the PN Sculpture Trust.

Derek Walker


Experienced company director and Third Bearing Limited principal, Derek holds a number of company directorships including Speirs Group and Chair for Bio-Commerce Centre, PN Airport, and NZ Windfarms. He is a Vision Manawatu trustee and a member of Milson’s Rotary Club.

Roger Kennedy

Trust Chair

Senior Solicitor and Cooper Rapley Partner, Roger practices primarily in the area of commercial and personal law. He is an active Rotarian, has been a former Chairperson of the Life Education Trust Manawatu and has served as a committee member on local sports clubs.

Peter Clark


Peter has been involved in St James School, Awapuni Rotary Club, Marist Rugby Club committees, and served on the PN Showgrounds and Manawatu Rugby Boards. He is Managing Director of Silvester Clark Ltd, who have donated company time to Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery’s structural engineering design work.

Rachel Bowen


Cr Rachel Bowen is PNCC’s Trust representative. As the children and families portfolio holder, and someone who is actively involved in community groups, she is excited about the economic and educational benefits Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery will offer the region and its visitors, while contributing to the nation’s conservation efforts.


get in touch

Wildbase Recovery Community Trust


P O Box 627
Palmerston North Central
Palmerston North 4440
New Zealand