Kohatu Park Board Members

 

 

 Name: Ash Price

 

Contact Details

Email: 1ashwp@gmail.com

 

Position: Kohatu Park Treasurer

 

My Background:

I live in Motueka, am married, the cats are the kids. Moved there after 20 years in Perth  and 15 years in London. Born in Dunedin. Working as an accountant in Motueka, previously General Manager of ENJO Australia, then GM of Thermomix Australia, both based in Perth. Before then, 15 years working in the retail motor industry – NZ, UK, Australia, jobs ranging from parts salesman to car sales director (Lotus, Lancia, Citroen).

 

 

Why I wanted to be a Kohatu Park board member:
I’ve been an active competitor in motor sport for over 20 years, in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and could see the need for a motorsport venue around Nelson that could also be the home for a number of motorsport clubs, and a destination for car clubs around the country.

I’ve always been a hands-on person, and really wanted to see Garry’s project succeed. If my input could help, I was happy to volunteer, and work together with the other board members to achieve this. The board has a diverse mix of knowledge and experience, and I believe it is well set up to reach its goal.

 

 

My Role as a Board Member:

Treasurer, promotion of the concept to individuals, groups and clubs, advice and input into decision-making, documentation, contracts, hands-on support at open days and shows, etc.

 

 

What I am most looking forward to at Kohatu Park:

The tarmac circuit, and some fast laps in a quick car! Also to see one person’s dream become reality, for Nelson/Tasman to have a fabulous adventure and motorsport facility, and to prove the naysayers wrong!

 

 

 

Name: Garry Adcock

 

Contact Details

Email: garry@v8web.co.nz

 

 

Position: Kohatu Park Trustee and Chairman of the Board

 

My Background:

I have been involved in the civil contracting industry for 30+ years, 25 of those years owning my own business, which had up to 70 staff. I have also been involved in multiple subdivision developments around Nelson region. Currently, I am a trainer in the civil construction industry and take NZQA unit standard courses on a range of different topics.

 

I am also an adventure sport and motorsport enthusiast and enjoy competing and helping out at events

 

Why I wanted Kohatu Park to happen:

I have always noticed demand for various activities around the region and would dream of a facility like Kohatu Park being able to cater for a number of different needs in the one location, so when the opportunity to create such a facility came up it was like a dream come true and in discussing my vision with others I soon found people who were willing to help turn this vision into a reality. As a result of such a range of people wanting a facility such as Kohatu Park to happen, it made sense to base the park around the community 

 

My Role as a Kohatu Park Trustee and Chair of the Board:

To ensure that the Kohatu Park Trust operates as per their trust deed and work with the Board to develop a strategy for the future, raise funds for development, discuss leases with clubs and businesses, finalise the design and promote Kohatu Park   

 

What I am most looking forward to at Kohatu Park:

Looking out form the club-rooms and seeing a park full of smiles as everyone enjoys their favourite activities

 

 

 

 

 Name: Dave Mcleod

 

Contact Details

Email: dave@projecthomes.co.nz

 

 

Position: Kohatu Park Board Member

 

My Background:

I am an architectural designer with 30 years’ experience working on commercial and residential projects in New Zealand, the UK and Asia.  I am the director of an architectural design and building company based in Nelson called Project Architecture and Building.  I have always been a motorsport fan and have never missed an episode of Top Gear.  In the past I have owned motorbikes and a Fraser kit car.  I used to race a Formula Ford in England and was also involved in kart racing in Christchurch

 

 

Why I wanted to be a Kohatu Park board member:
I’ve been an active competitor in motor sport for over 20 years, in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and could see the need for a motorsport venue around Nelson that could also be the home for a number of motorsport clubs, and a destination for car clubs around the country.

I’ve always been a hands-on person, and really wanted to see Garry’s project succeed. If my input could help, I was happy to volunteer, and work together with the other board members to achieve this. The board has a diverse mix of knowledge and experience, and I believe it is well set up to reach its goal.

 

 

My Role as a Board Member:

Design of the motorsport park.

Feasibility study and resource consent.

Fronting the submitters in favour of the park to the Nelson City Council and seeking to secure funding of $50,000 a year to establish the project.

Securing of sponsorship and funding from council, businesses and individuals.

Promoting the concept and vision of the park and building a strong support base.

Raising awareness of and securing interest from potential users.

Building and sustaining momentum behind the project and keeping it moving through the many stages ahead of us over the next 10 years.

 

 

What I am most looking forward to at Kohatu Park:

My first cold beer on a hot day at the opening celebration of the park.

Attending world class motorsport racing at a world class facility in our own backyard.

Legally hitting 200 km/h in a race car on the track for the first time.

Legally hitting 200 km/h on a race bike on the track for the first time.

Family days at Kohatu camping, picnicking and mountain biking.

 

 

 

 

 Name: Ben Henry

 

Contact Details

Email: ben.l.henry@gmail.com

 

Position: Kohatu Park Secretary  

 

My Background:

I currently work for Transfield Services as a drill crew team leader installing the fibre optic broadband. But also have my truck licenses and wheels, tracks, rollers etc. Before Transfield I spent a year in Christchurch drainlaying and a year and a half before that in Australia running a Optus mobile phone shop.

 

Why I wanted to be a Kohatu Park board member:
 I'm a motorsport fan and have been for a long time. Although I've never raced myself, I definitely will be when this track is running. A few years ago I heard about Garry wanting to build a motorsport park and thought it was a great idea. When I first saw that the park planning was underway at the 4's&Rota comps in 2014 I signed up straight away. When I noticed in one of the member newsletters that there were vacancies in the board I got in contact with Garry and expressed my interest in the park and that I'd love to be a part of it. This is new to me I suppose I'm somewhat of the apprentice to the board but I'm eager to learn and hope I can help produce an amazing Park with both the motorsport and outdoor adventure side.

 

I'm excited for the future in this park and intend on hanging around as long as possible. I believe this is going to greatly benefit our community and our generations to come.

 

My Role as a Board Member:

I'm new to this and I'm here to learn. I have taken on the Administration/Secretary role and I have also been helping with promotions and awareness for the park.

 

What I am most looking forward to at Kohatu Park:

Hard question really. What's not too look forward to? The park is going to be huge and amazing, covering so many different aspects of fun and adventure. The potential for what is to come is endless!

 

 

 

Name: Cliff Bruning

 

Contact Details

Email: cliffbruning@yahoo.com

 

 

Position: Kohatu Park Board Member

 

My Background:

I am 47 years old, married with no children, brought up in Motueka Valley and trained in engineering and hydraulics in Melbourne during the 80s.

I came back to Nelson in 1991 and started saloon car circuit racing soon after. I have built and raced several cars, EH Holden, Ford Escort, Morris Minor, Chevy Nova, Austin Farina, PB Vauxhall, also raced a motorcycle for a while.

 

Why I wanted to be a Kohatu Park board member:

I am passionate about motor racing and am fully behind Kohatu Park.

 

My Role as a Board Member:

Assisting with future planning of kohatu Park, Funding strategies, Finalising development plan, Approaching businesses for sponsorship and discussing leases with clubs and businesses

 

What I am most looking forward to at Kohatu Park:

 

 

 

 

Name: Pete Fitzgibbon

 

Contact Details

Email: a40racer@gmail.com

 

 

Position: Kohatu Park Board Member

 

My Background:

I am a service Manager for a company that supplies equipment to the construction industry, where I have a number of relating management qualifications. I also have 20 years experience in running and managing New Zealand Kartsport events.

 

Why I wanted to be a Kohatu Park board member:
I believe this facility will be a great asset for the Nelson and Tasman region and I want to help "make it happen"

 

My Role as a Board Member:

Assisting with future planning of kohatu Park, Funding strategies, Finalising development plan, Approaching businesses for sponsorship and discussing leases with clubs and businesses

 

What I am most looking forward to at Kohatu Park:

Hitting the banked turn at the end of the straight flat out in my race car

 

 

Name: Dugald Ley

 

Contact Details

Email: dugald.ley@tasman.govt.nz

 

 

Position: Kohatu Park Trustee and Board Member

 

My Background:

TDC Engineering Officer 

 

Why I wanted to be a Kohatu Park board member:

I believe Kohatu Park will be a great asset for the region 

 

My Role as a Board Member:

Assisting with planning the future of Kohatu Park. This includes aspects of park design, promotion, support and funding.  

 

What I am most looking forward to at Kohatu Park:

The variety of activities and enjoyment these activities will bring to the community, 

 

 

Name: Cameron Lawes

 

Contact Details

Email: cameron.lawes@resolutionchambers.co.nz

 

 

Position: Kohatu Park Board Member

 

My Background:

I am a Barrister specialising in civil and criminal litigation. I have recently moved to Nelson and set up a new Barristers Chambers called Resolution Chambers. Before moving to Nelson I spent 15 years in London where I was a Partner in a big international law firm. I specialised in real estate litigation and sat on the firms international strategy board

 

Why I wanted to be a Kohatu Park board member:
I have been car obsessed since I can remember. I rebuilt my first car, a Mk I Ford Escort, when I was 15 and spent many happy years driving it too fast round the square in Palmerston North. I have done a little bit of racing on some of the big circuits in the UK and traveled to a fair few of the big international circuits following the Formula 1 circus. 

 

I think Kohatu Park will be a huge addition to Nelson. The region is crying out for the sort of venue we will have at Kohatu Park and I want to help deliver it. With my interest in cars and motorsport joining the Board made perfect sense to me.

 

My Role as a Board Member:

Negotiation and liaison with interested parties.

Presentation and promotion of the concept.

Analysis of legal documentation. 

 

What I am most looking forward to at Kohatu Park:

Looking out over a packed grandstand and bank full of happy smiling faces with the roar of racing cars charging down the straight. 

 

 

Name: Ashton Wood

 

Contact Details

Email: ashton.wood@xtra.co.nz

 

 

Position: Kohatu Park Board Member

 

My Background:

Manage an orchard in the Moutere Valley

 

Why I wanted to be a Kohatu Park board member:
I have a passion for motorsport and want to help make Kohatu Park happen as it will be a great asset for the region and meet an currently unmet need in the community.

 

My Role as a Board Member:

Assisting with future planning of kohatu Park, Funding strategies, Finalising development plan, Approaching businesses for sponsorship and discussing leases with clubs and businesses

 

 

 

What I am most looking forward to at Kohatu Park:

The 5km rally loop and Rally-X circuit 

 

 

 

Name: Aaron Adcock

 

Contact Details

Email: aaron.adcock@live.com

 

 

 

Position: Kohatu Park Board Member

 

My Background:

I have been involved in the civil construction industry all my life, consequently I have completed a number of qualifications relating to the industry and managing projects. Additionally I have completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Canterbury with majors in Accounting and Strategy & Entrepreneurship.

 

Why I wanted to be a Kohatu Park board member:

I am 100% committed to seeing Kohatu Park get up and running! I truly believe this will be an amazing facility and have something for everyone to enjoy

 

My Role as a Board Member:

Assisting with strategy development, completing financials, promoting the park, finalising the design and securing sponsors and funding. 

 

What I am most looking forward to at Kohatu Park:

Completing a hot lap around the track with all the unique features it will have - banked first turn, over-bridge, change in gradients.

Biking to the highest lookout point on one of the mountain bike tracks to get a view of the thriving park.

Scaling the high-rope, confidence course and rock climbing walls.

Heading down the hillside tracks on the luge and gravity buggies 

 

 

 

Name: Steve Steel

 

Contact Details

Email: stephen.cobra@vodaphone.co.nz

 

 

 

Position: Kohatu Park Board Member

 

My Background:

Owned and operated a waste management business.

Set-up and run The Nelson Motor Show and attended a number of other car shows around teh country

 

Why I wanted to be a Kohatu Park board member:

I really believe in the idea and I am excited to do what I can to help Kohau Park progress

 

My Role as a Board Member:

I will assist with securing sponsors and funding, finalising the design, discussing leases and promoting Kohatu Park 

 

What I am most looking forward to at Kohatu Park:

Being there on opening day and when the dream turns into a reality

 

 

 

 

Name: John King 

 

Contact Details

Email: fynnking@yahoo.co.nz

 

 

 

Position: Kohatu Park Board Member

 

My Background:

I am a born and bred Nelsonian. I have spent nearly all my working life in the motor industry in Nelson apart from a five year stint of late truck driving. I work now as a car sales person. I am a qualified panel beater by trade.I have built up over the years many hot rods, vintage cars, race cars, motor bikes and boats. I have a real passion for american classic and mussle cars  and an avid fan of v8 supercar racing. I have served in the past as president of the local branch of LMVD, a commitee member of the local MTA, a commitee member of Nelson car club, Commitee member of the Nelson motorcycle club.

 

Why I wanted to be a Kohatu Park board member:

From the very first whisperings that such a place or facility could happen in the Nelson region I think this is going to be the single most important thing to happen for adventure and motor sport enthusiasts in our region and I am really excited to be a part of developing this facility and helping to make it  happening.
I have a wealth of life contacts a huge amount of energy and think that its time to start paying back, as I have had an enormous amount of fun over the years with motor racing so its time to put some energy back into it.

 

My Role as a Board Member:

Being a newly appointed board member my initial role will be to promote the park and assist in meeting the Kohatu Park vision and goals. 

 

What I am most looking forward to at Kohatu Park:

I think the first howl of an engine completing its first official lap will be awesome, as well as all the other sports that are going to be catered for has to be the best result for all concered.