Graye Shattky of St Bathans is a member of the Manuherikia Catchment Water Strategy Group’s executive team and represents environmental and social interests.
Graye had a varied career before retiring to a small landholding near St Bathans. He has been a soldier – for which he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1980 New Year Honours – a farmer, an educator, including being the founding chair of the New Zealand School Trustees Association, a sailor and a businessman.
“As a small landholder, I understand the perspectives of both the irrigators and the environmentalists. I support the idea of storing water, providing the water is used for the benefit of the whole community.”
Graye’s varied roles have provided him with strong leadership and change management skills. He was instrumental in the influence the Central Otago Environmental Society had on Meridian Energy’s decision to abandon its plans for the Project Hayes wind farm, and on the then Minister of Conservation, Amy Adam’s decision to reject Pioneer Generation’s proposal to dam the Nevis River.
Graye is a past secretary of the Central Otago Environmental Society, an environment advocacy group which aims to protect the district’s landscape, character, heritage and endemic flora and fauna; raise awareness about issues affecting these, and encourage and support local and national government to make decisions which will preserve and enhance them.
Graye was also involved in the establishment of the St Bathans Area Community Association and the Central Otago Branch of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, and he chairs the Central Otago Heritage Trust, which represents the main heritage organisations in Central Otago.