Teviot Valley Community Board


The Teviot Valley Community Board has 5 members (4 elected, 1 appointed by Council).

The Teviot Valley ward encompasses both the urban and rural communities. The main urban towns are Roxburgh and Millers Flat. The ward includes the settlements of Ettrick and Lake Roxburgh Village.

Teviot Valley Community Board Members


Raymond Gunn (Chairperson)

I am a fifth generation sheep and beef farmer on the same property at Coal Creek and have lived in the valley all my life. I am married to Leda and we have two girls Katie and Sarah.

I am currently serving my second term on the Teviot Valley Community Board, my first as Chairman. As TVCB representative I am on the Roxburgh and Districts Medical Services Trust, Roxburgh Events Centre Trust, Roxburgh Entertainment Centre Committee, Ida McDonald Charitable Trust and the Roxburgh Community Pool Redevelopment Committee.

I have been involved in various organisations in the valley over the years including the Roxburgh Young Farmers Club, holding the position of Secretary and also West Otago District Secretary. I have also been involved with the Millers Flat Rodeo Club and the Mt Benger A and P Show for many years. I am currently secretary of the gun club and Deputy Chair of the Coal Creek Cycleway Trust.

Contact Details
Phone: 03 446 8681
Mobile: 027 608 1842
Email: raymond.gunn@codc.govt.nz

Cliff Parker (Deputy Chairperson)

I have been on the Roxburgh Community Board for six years. My TVCB roles include being the Board’s representative on the Roxburgh Cemetery Trust, the Millers Flat Recreation Committee, the McPhail Trust and the rep for the Museum.

Having lived most of my life in Ettrick I now live on the main drag of Roxburgh. I am retired but formerly I owned a berry farm and orchard, called Hill View Berry Gardens, for more than 30 years.

I am a past chair of the Ettrick Fruitgrowers Association, and current chair of both the Ettrick Hall Committee and the Ettrick Cemetery Trust. I was also on the New Zealand Berry Fruit executive for almost 20 years, was chair of the Otago Berryfruit Growers Association and the Otago Raspberry Growers Association and was a member of the South Island Raspberry Marketing Committee.

I have been a member of the Masonic Lodge for 40 years, look after the Lodge’s scooter fleet for the district, coordinate the annual Otago Hospice street appeal in Roxburgh and call the Housie numbers at the Teviot Valley Rest Home each week.

Contact Details
Phone: 03 446 9003 (home)
Email: cliff.parker@codc.govt.nz

Russell Read

I am a comparative newcomer to Roxburgh and Teviot Valley, having owned a house in Roxburgh for nine years. Since ceasing work last year I am spending an increasing amount of time in Roxburgh. I have a career background including teaching, Human Relations management and for 30+ years worked as a psychologist, principally in Education. Some years ago I owned and developed an apple orchard at Alexandra. I also for some years had a deer farm at Orepuki.

Roxburgh is a delightful place and the friendly people, the well-developed infrastructure and the magnificent Clutha are all most impressive. I regard myself as an environmentalist. I have been hunting and fishing all of my life and this area is well endowed in those sporting areas. I enjoy silviculture and would hope to enhance Roxburgh’s already pleasant treescape.

I have concerns about the disparate rating costs of water and wastewater management in the Central Otago district I am a strong advocate for the use and further development of the district’s walking and biking trails. I am a strong advocate for urgent action regarding the eradication of wilding pines that threaten our iconic landscape I intend to be readily available to discuss constituents concerns. I am delighted to become a Community Board member and will give it my best shot.

Contact Details
Mobile: 021 482 115
Email: russell.read@codc.govt.nz


Jenna Stevens

I am relatively new to the Teviot Valley, we moved here in June 2011 when my husband Tony and I purchased
the farm. We reside at the North end of the Valley with our children Mack, Tom and Matilda.

I am currently a stay at home mum to our three preschool aged children and responsible for the finance side of our business, I also enjoy helping out on the farm as often as I can.

Before moving here from Northern Southland where I was born and raised, I was actively involved in the local community through Plunket, playgroup, rugby, squash and racing clubs. I have previous experience in
events and management and am currently involved in the Roxburgh Plunket and Teviot Valley Educare committees.

I am looking forward to being a part of the district's future and will strive to do my best to help the community flourish. 

Contact Details
Mobile: 021 500 703
Email: jenna.stevens@codc.govt.nz


Stephen Jeffery

I am a local businessman with interest in fruit growing, packing, exporting and retail. My family has a long history in this valley and I have a passion and a vision for its future.

This is my sixth term on the Teviot Valley Community Board (formerly the Roxburgh Community Board) and my first term on Council. I was Roxburgh Community Board Chair for two terms from 2007-2013. I believe in strong community boards with good leadership. I strive to bring experience, sound balanced decision-making, drive and enthusiasm to my work on both the Board and Council.

My interests include cycling, hunting, fishing and travel. Travel gives a better appreciation of our special place in the world and how fortunate we all are.

An active interest in developing growth within the Teviot Valley led to me becoming chairman of the Roxburgh Gorge Trail Trust. I strongly believe that economic development is a crucial component of a strong healthy vibrant community.

Contact Details
Phone: 03 446 8189
Mobile: 027 220 6080
Email: stephen.jeffery@codc.govt.nz

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