Profiles of North Canterbury Radio Trustees and Management

GARETH RENOWDEN (Board Chairman)

Gareth, an Oxford University graduate, is a writer, photographer and truffle grower based in the Waipara Valley. He has had a 35-year career in journalism and magazine publishing and has written books on olive growing, truffles and climate change. He is the publisher of the influential Hot Topic blog covering climate change science and policy. His most recent book is a science fiction satire set in NZ. Gareth has been actively involved in the New Zealand truffle industry’s development since 1997, being a Past President of the Truffle Association. He was a founder member of the Waipara River Protection Group and played a key role in developing a management strategy for the river. Gareth is also a committee member of the New Zealand Meteorological Society.


Ron van Til is the owner of an award-winning large-scale bakery operation which supports 150 staff. A former board member of the NZ Baking Society, Ron’s background includes Supermarket Management in Australia and Key Account Management for Colgate Palmolive. He currently sits on the Board of Enterprise North Canterbury, mentors many other business owners in his spare time, and still finds time to participate actively in various local sports. Having lived in North Canterbury most of his life Ron is very passionate about the local community.


David is presently Mayor of Waimakariri but has served as a local councillor for more than 20 years. He is a retired educationalist whose career has included positions as Assistant or Deputy Principals of Cashmere and Rangiora High Schools and as a Teacher-Adviser at the Christchurch College of Education. He is involved in a range of local community groups including the Rangiora Early Records Society, the Waimakariri Community Arts Council, the Ashley-Rakahuri Rivercare Group, the Methodist Parish, Rotary and Community Watch.


Brent is a Chartered Accountant and Justice of the Peace, with a 45-year history of public practice in Rangiora. He has been involved with the electricity industry since 1986 when he was elected to the North Canterbury Electric Power Board, later becoming Chairman of the MainPower Trust, a role he stepped down from in April 2008. Brent has been a Rangiora Borough Councillor, Rangiora High School Board representative, Order of St John Rangiora Area Treasurer for 26 years and has been involved with the Rangiora Scout Group and Volunteer Fire Brigade.

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