`Special year’ as trust turns 50


The Otago Peninsula Trust is offering special deals for people born in 1967, as part of this year’s 50th birthday celebrations.
The trust has a full year of events, offers and commemorations planned to mark its half-century in 2017.
Otago Peninsula Trust general manager Robyn McDonald said it was a “very special year”.
“We want to share it with all of the people who have supported us over the last 50 years and to those who will support us into the future,” Ms McDonald said.
For anyone turning 50 in 2017, there would be special deals at all trust attractions and partnerships, she said.
“During the year we also plan to commemorate milestones and pay tribute to work the trust has achieved over its 50 years.”
This included the purchase and enhancement of Glenfalloch Garden, the Royal Albatross tour infrastructure, Fort Taiaroa and the Armstrong disappearing gun restoration, the Blue Penguins Pukekura joint partnership, amenity projects, education and peninsula promotion.
Throughout 2017, Dunedin people can listen to the trust’s weekly radio show Peninsula People on Otago Access Radio, hosted by trust marketing manager Sophie Barker.
The show shares stories and interviews with people who have been part of the trust’s history.
The trust was formed in 1967 by the Dunedin Jaycee Chapter, which wanted to see Dunedin flourish and had identified Otago Peninsula as the major asset for the city.
It was New Zealand’s first private charitable conservation trust.