Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Conservation Minister pays tribute to Brian Ahern

The Minister of Conservation, Hon Sandra Lee, says New Zealand has lost a person of great standing in the conservation world with the sudden death this week of Brian Ahern, of Wanaka. Mr Ahern's funeral will be held in Wanaka tomorrow (Friday 24 March).

"I pay tribute to his contribution to conservation", Ms Lee said. "As one of the long-serving officers with DOC and its Lands and Survey predecessor, his life was a wonderful example of dedication, commitment and service."

Born in Wellington, Mr Ahern worked in many locations around New Zealand including Tongariro, Westland and Fiordland National Parks as well as the Mount Aspiring National Park and Queenstown. He was also closely involved with Search and Rescue in the Wakatipu district, as SAR adviser in Queenstown and also as Chairman of the Otago-Southland SAR region.

His carpentry skills took him to Nepal on a hospital project with Sir Edmund Hillary, and to the Antarctic where he was seconded to the DSIR's summer support team. Mr Ahern also served as DOC's representative on tourist boats to the sub-Antarctic Islands where he enhanced his reputation for resourcefulness and practical advice in difficult situations.

"As Associate Minister of Maori Affairs, I acknowledge the respect which Nga Tahu had for his knowledge and work in areas such as the pounamu at Slip Stream in the Dart Valley," said Ms Lee.

"I have extended my condolences to his wife and family on behalf of the Government and his many colleagues and friends," she said. "The Department of Conservation and all of us are diminished by his death."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election