Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust
is made up of the Board, Staff, and Members,
who work together to achieve the Trust's goals. 

Without the help of everyone,
we would not be able to achieve our goals.

2023 Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust Board
and Staff

Back row from left:
Frances McElhinney, Graeme Clark (Vice Chairman), Richard Vinbrux (Chairman)

Middle row from left:
Michelle Harrison (Property Manager + Treasurer), Janette McKenzie, Jan Omnett

Front row from left:
David Wilson, Brian Harrison, John Baster (Restoration Officer)


The 2023 Annual General Meeting of the OWCT was held at Whitestone City on Wednesday 26 April. Chairperson Graham Clark welcomed a capacity crowd, including Mayor Gary Kircher and a number of Waitaki District Councillors.

Long time heritage supporter and ex OWCT staff member Faye Ormandy was surprised and delighted to be presented with a life membership by chairperson Graham Clark. Faye's name is synonymous with heritage throughout the Waitaki district.

Graham was then presented with a framed John Baster model of the Harbour Board building in recognition of his nearly five years as OWCT chair (and also his life-time commitment to heritage in the Waitaki.)

Our guest speaker was Geoff Gabites, owner of Cycle Journeys, newest OWCT tenant at 6 Harbour Street. He entertained the meeting with stories of his adventurous and entrepreneurial life. Geoff is delighted to have the opportunity to situate his business in Harbour Street, He congratulated the OWCT on what has been achieved in the past 35 years and looks forward to being part of what happens next.

Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust Staff

Jacob Barwick


John Baster


Jacob Barwick



Become a Member

As a member of the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust you will be part of a group of individuals, companies and organisations who are helping to preserve Oamaru's built heritage and bringing alive and preserving New Zealand’s best complete streetscape of commercial Victorian buildings.

You will also enjoy a number of benefits including:

  • An invitation to our annual member event 

  • Most importantly, you’ll know that you belong to a group of individuals, companies and organisations which is helping to promote and preserve Oamaru's built heritage.

Membership types:

  • Individual membership - $24 per annum
  • Family membership - $36 per annum
  • Corporate membership - $60 per annum
  • Endowment membership - $500
  • Corporate endowment membership - $1000

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