Charitable Trust

The Wānaka Watersports Facility Trust is a registered charitable trust. Meet our trustees and learn more about the history of this positive community asset.

Jackie Boyd (Chairperson)

Lake swimming and being an active member of the community are passions of mine. I have lived in Wānaka since 1994, been a business owner here for 10 years, and was one of the founding committee members of the Wanaka Lake Swimmers Club in 2011.

I’m also mother of a junior rower. I’m very excited about having this facility available for all lake users – it is a fantastic attribute to the region.

Michael Sidey

I am an advocate of all young people having access to recreational, cultural and educational opportunities. That is my background as chairman of the Young Stroke Thrivers Foundation and Halberg Endowment Fund, and as a trustee of the Halberg Foundation.

I am also deputy chairman of Forsyth Barr, a trustee of the Central Lakes Trust, and  previously have been a director of NZ Academy of Sport – South Island, the University of Otago and Winter Games NZ.

Mick Hollyer

I have been coming to Wānaka all my life and am a retired commercial lawyer now living here permanently. 

I have had many years’ experience not only with commercial and corporate matters but also in setting up legal structures for clubs and charitable organisations.

Jaime Hutter

I took up rowing in 1992, moved to Wānaka in 2004, and have been Treasurer of the Wanaka Rowing Club for the past six years. I enjoy racing on the water with the masters rowers and off the water in triathlons (Challenge Wanaka), running (Queenstown Marathon), cycling (Hawea Epic & Motatapu) and even on the rowing machine. 

I’m married to a lake swimmer and am the parent of a keen Junior Challenge Wanaka athlete.

Carrie Wallis

I’m happiest when I’m out on the water… My involvement in water sports as a competitive water-skier during my teenage years provided me with incredible opportunities, including powerful personal development and life-long friendships, and has significantly shaped who I am today. It is a real privilege to be able to ‘give back’ as a trustee of this fabulous new facility, assisting the terrific kids in our community to grab similar positive experiences and enabling even more locals to get out and enjoy our beautiful lake!


The Wanaka Watersports Facility was born from two ideas:

1.  The need for the Wanaka Rowing Club to find new premises closer to the lake, and

2. The desire of many locals for an all encompassing base for non-motorised water based activities, covering performance sport and recreation, both disabled and able bodied participants, and residents and visitors, those young, old and their families.

Led by very resilient Wanaka Watersports Facility Trustees, the resource consent process was a long one, fraught with many obstacles.  However with the support, commitment and guidance of many, we came out the other side with an award winning building and a fabulous community facility of which we are very proud.

The Wanaka Watersports Facility was officially opened on the 23 November 2019.  

A project that started as a dream, has most certainly become a wonderful community asset that will support the wellbeing of residents in our area for generations to come. 


We’d welcome your support! 

Donations, volunteer hours, sponsorships and grants help us to fund and manage essential repairs and maintenance, keeping our membership costs down.