Leav­ing the green pas­tures

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Af­ter years of farm­ing New Zealand’s green pas­tures Trin­ity Lands man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ian El­liott has passed the ba­ton and is head­ing to prison for his new role.

El­liott [70] has run the com­pany’s Lich­field Lands char­i­ta­ble trust for 34 years. It is one of the three farm­ing trusts the com­pany owns [dairy, forestry and ki­wifruit]. Prof­its from the trusts go to­wards char­i­ta­ble causes.

He will now fo­cus more on his role with Prison Fel­low­ship In­ter­na­tional - a Chris­tian char­ity that he chairs.

‘‘I de­cided that when I got to 70 I had had a great run and it was time to step back from it for the next gen­er­a­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘I am very pleased with how I am leav­ing things, the trust is in great shape and we have a won­der­ful team of sharemilk­ers, ex­ec­u­tives, and team of peo­ple run­ning the ki­wifruit or­chards.’’

‘‘There may be a few bumps along the way but I am op­ti­mistic about the trust’s fu­ture,’’ he said.

Ze­spri chair­man Peter Mcbride has been ap­pointed to El­liott’s former po­si­tion.

He said his re­tire­ment co­in­cides with the re­lease of a book about the com­pany which do­nates prof­its from its trusts to com­mu­nity groups and projects such as the re­cent pur­chase of a new am­bu­lance for St John Toko­roa.

In Trust: A New Zealand Story has has been writ­ten by busi­ness his­to­rian Ian Hunter.

El­liott’s role with Prison Fel­low­ship means it’s go­ing to be no quiet re­tire­ment. The faith-based or­gan­i­sa­tion works in 125 coun­tries, as­sist­ing pris­on­ers, ex­pris­on­ers, vic­tims and the ad­vance­ment of restora­tive jus­tice.

‘‘It in­volves half a dozen trips over­seas ev­ery year for strate­gic plan­ning. I’ve just been to Wash­ing­ton and I’m go­ing to Chile next month,’’ he said.

‘‘We want to go to places in the world where things are hap­pen­ing where we can help.’’

A big fo­cus of the or­gan­i­sa­tion is help­ing the chil­dren of pris­on­ers.

‘‘They are the ones that slip through the cracks so we get peo­ple in the first world to put money to­gether to sup­port them in ed­u­ca­tion, health and well­be­ing, and spir­i­tual re­silience where they are taught val­ues.

‘‘It’s fas­ci­nat­ing work and is mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence,’’ he said.

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Out­go­ing Trin­ity Lands man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ian El­liott who will now fo­cus more on in­ter­na­tional prison work

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