Kevin Milne, ONZM
Kevin worked as a television presenter and journalist for over 40 years and was best known as a battler for the consumer on Fair Go. As one of New Zealand’s most trusted media figures, he continues to contribute to radio and magazines. He and his wife Linda live in Raumati Beach and have four adult children.
The trustees of the Whale Song Charitable Trust bring to the project proven project and facilities management skills along with established financial, business and construction acumen. Each has fully committed their resources, contacts and skills to the project.
The trustees of the Whale Song Charitable Trust are as follows:
Marco Zeeman (Chairman/Trustee)
Marco Zeeman has a diverse portfolio of skills and knowledge that has a perfect fit with Whale Song. From his marine education and conservation interest to his involvement in the sculptural arts world, to construction, facilities management, community engagement, project and event management.
He was a founder and sponsor of the hugely successful international Tareitanga Sculpture Symposium, held five times on Frank Kitts Park over 10 years. This event produced over 400 sculptures, engaged with 100’s of 1000’s of spectators, bringing together sculptors from around the world. Marco is well-known for his role as instigator and Chair of the SinkF69 Trust, which successfully scuttled the former navy frigate “HMNZS Wellington” off Wellington’s South Coast in 2005, creating an artificial diving reef.
Marco, who was named “Wellingtonian of the Year” for his work on that project, brings extensive end-to-end experience of working with councils, government, funders and corporate and business partners to the Whale Song Trust. He is adept at engaging and harnessing talent to support a major community project.
Michael Fuller (Artist/Trustee)
Following a decades-long award-winning international career as a director and cinematographer working on films and commercials, Michael now owns and operates Prowess Trade Management, which oversees the facilities management of the local PaknSave supermarket.
Michael has had a lifelong passion for the visual arts. His father was a successful sculptor and Michael worked with him on his life-sized bronzes. Michael brings his wide-ranging industry, project and business experience to his trustee role, alongside a strong understanding of the engineering process of making life-sized sculptures and a precise eye for aesthetics and composition.
Barry Clevely (Trustee)
Barry Clevely is Managing Director of the Paraparaumu-based MC2 Group property development company and also brings decades of trust and advocacy experience to his trustee role. Barry was a trustee of the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Educations & Research Foundation for more than 40 years and spent several years as Deputy Chair of Massey University’s Property Foundation. He was a member of the committee, which worked to establish Waikanae’s public swimming pool and an advisor to the Palmerston North Boys’ High School educational trust for College House. Barry is currently Chair of Ngahina Developments Limited.
Murray Deans (Trustee/Trust Accountant)
Murray Deans owns and manages the very successful accounting services firm Deans & Associates. Murray brings many years of accounting and business management experience to the project, as a well as an extensive and established connection to the wider Kapiti business community. Deans & Associates specialise in taxation & accountancy services, business advice/structure/start-ups, inland revenue compliance and working with strategic alliances to enhance clients business growth.