New Heamana/Chair and Heamana Tuarua/Deputy Chair for Community Trust South Board

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  • Thursday, 3 August 2023

New Community Trust South Heamana/Chair and Heamana Tuarua /Deputy Chair Announced

Community Trust South has announced the appointment of Kirsty Pickett as the new Heamana/Chair of Community Trust South.  Kirsty takes over the Trust’s role from Bill Moran, who has resigned as a Trustee as he now resides out of the region.   

Bill Moran says, “It has been a privilege to sit on Community Trust South, first as a Trustee and as the Trust’s Heamana/Chair. I am pleased to leave the Trust in good stead with its focus on supporting our Southern communities to thrive and achieve their aspirations.”

Appointed to the Trust in 2020 Kirsty is based in Te Anau and has served as Heamana Tuarua/Deputy Chair since October 2022. Kirsty is journalist, editor and publisher, with extensive experience in print and online media.

Stephen Canny, who was appointed as a Trustee in June 2019, has been confirmed as the Heamana Tuarua /Deputy Chair and is a Business and Strategic Projects Group Manager, based in Invercargill. 

The positions of Heamana and Heamana Tuarua are elected by the Trustees.

For further information contact:
Jackie Flutey
Chief Executive Officer
Community Trust South
Ph: 03 218 2034/Cell: 021 233 0953



Kirsty Pickett

Ko Takitimu te maunga        
Ko Skippers te whenua e hono nei ki taku whanau
Ko Te Anau te roto e tata ana ki taku ngākau
Ko Devon ko Turakina te waka
Ko Scotland tōku iwi
Nō Te Anau ahau
Ko Kirsty Pickett taku ingoa 


Appointed to the Trust in 2020, Kirsty is a businesswoman and award-winning journalist, based in Te Anau.  Having spent 15 years as a journalist for The Southland Times, Kirsty went on to become the first female editor of the Whanganui Chronicle in 2006.  Returning to Te Anau in 2008 Kirsty co-founded the Advocate South newspaper, created Southland’s first escape room business, Fiordland Escapes, and developed the Southland App – a digital news and information portal for Southland. A teacher and judge of highland dancing, Kirsty is also active in Scottish cultural circles, including the Te Anau Tartan Festival.

Stephen Canny

Stephen (MNZM, MIOD) is a Business and Strategic Projects Group Manager. He has managed the successful completion of large projects such as Southland’s Regional Energy Strategy, Whole Community Broadband Network as well as major civil and mechanical engineering projects including satellite and space ground stations and terrestrial television. Stephen has been Chairman of the National Broadband Forum, Chairman of Junior Worlds 2012 Limited and President of Cycling New Zealand Road and Track. He has presented at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) events and at numerous international conferences.