Our Legal Status

We are a statutory Trust and a registered charity, based in Greytown, Wairarapa, New Zealand.

The purposes of the Trust are set out in our very own piece of Government legislation, the Greytown District Trust Lands Act 1979 (as amended) which, along with its predecessors dating back to 1871, has governed and influenced everything we do.

As a registered charity, because all the profits we make are put to charitable use, we benefit from not having to pay income tax on our earnings.





Our Governing Body

“We” is a Board of six individuals selected as Trustees by local residents.  The process of selection takes place every three years by means of a poll of registered voters in the Greytown District electorate, held concurrently with local government elections.  While we’re all elected for a term of six years, the commencement dates of our terms are staggered so that at each election only three positions on the Board at a time become vacant.  This helps ensure there is a degree of continuity of governance from one election to the next.

Right now, until the next election in October 2019, “we” are:

Stephen “Sid” Kempton – first elected in October 2016 Sid is descended from one of the first families to settle in Greytown before the Trust was even formed and returned to the town in 2008 following an eight year stint living and working in Australia and the UK.  He has a background in property valuation, banking and finance and is currently a Rural Credit Manager with ASB.

Sid became Chairman in October 2017.

Wayne Regnault – first elected in October 2013 Wayne is Greytown born and bred and follows in the footsteps of his father, Doug, who retired as a Trustee in 2001.  Wayne has a background in building construction and project management and replaced Sid as Deputy Chairman in October 2017.


David Montgomerie – first elected in October 2013 David is Greytown born and bred, served a three year term from October 2013 to October 2016 as a South Wairarapa District Councillor and was Trust Chairman from October 2016 to October 2017.  He has a background in property and law.


Catherine Rossiter-Stead – first elected in October 2016 Catherine is a relative newcomer to Greytown from the United Kingdom, Catherine, serves on the Boards of a number of Wellington and Wairarapa based organisations and has a background in marketing and communications.


Mike Gray – first elected in October 2007 Mike is a long-time Greytown resident, has served 18 years (1992-2004 and 2007-2013) as a South Wairarapa District Councillor and from October 2016 has been a member of the Greytown Community Board. He has a background in Telecommunications, Training & Organisation Development and Local Governance with particular interest in community resilience and well being.


Derek Wilson – first elected in June 1979 Derek is the longest current serving Trustee and has seen significant change in the Trust during his 40 year tenure, many years of which were as Chairman.  He is a long-time Greytown resident and has a background in construction, having at one stage owned the only joinery factory in Greytown.












We have two employees who provide information and advice and assist us with the day to day management of the Trust’s business activities.  They are:

Kevin Murphy – employed since June 2015 Kevin is the Trust’s General Manager.  His main role is to assist us with our decision-making and then to give effect to the decisions we’ve made.  He also oversees the management of the Trust’s day to day activities.  His entire career has been in public service, with a background in accounting, strategic planning and project management.

Helga Perry –  employed since July 2013 Helga is the Trust’s Administrator and the first person most outsiders have contact with.  She has responsibility for keeping the Trust’s operation running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.


Kevin and Helga are ably supported by service providers contracted to the Trust, principal among them being:

Daniel Murphy (no relation) of Rightway Ltd, who supply accounting services and advice.
Visit their website:  https://www.rightway.co.nz 


Garry Dowse of Blackmores Ltd, who supply valuation and other property related services and advice.
Visit their website:  http://www.blackmores.co.nz/home.html