Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Loss Of Champion Of World Conservation

Loss Of Champion Of World Conservation - Huge Blow, Says ECO

"The death of PHC (Bing) Lucas on Sunday is a huge loss to national and international conservation", says Cath Wallace of the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ, ECO.

"Bing, as we all knew him, was the most unassuming, well informed and effective advocate of protected areas and conservation. He is responsible for spreading understanding of how to create and manage conservation areas all round the world. He promoted protected areas, World Heritage values and National Parks and walkways throughout the world and in New Zealand. He was instrumental in the first nominations of New Zealand's World Heritage sites.

He held several offices within IUCN - the World Conservation Union, and chaired the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. Honoured at the international level with IUCN's prestigious Phillips Medal, he was also an Officer of the Order of the Golden Ark and held several New Zealand honours including the Queens Service Order.

In New Zealand he was the first Director-General of National Parks for New Zealand and was subsequently Director General of Lands, from which he retired in 1986. He also chaired the National Parks Authority, the New Zealand Walkways Commission and was a member of the National Tourism Advisory Council.

"Retirement" however simply marked a new phase of intense dedication to the cause of international conservation and to New Zealand's Youth Hostel Association. He was indefatigable, constantly on missions abroad, often unpaid, always diligent and a superb worker for protected areas and other aspects of conservation and people's enjoyment of Parks.

"Bing had an engaging personality, seemingly able to relate well to all. He was a humble person, much more interested in achieving conservation and protected areas than in any accolades.

Bing's international work was little known in New Zealand and virtually unrecognised here - but it received very high recognition from the international conservation community, particularly within the World Conservation Union, IUCN.

In one of his many papers he quotes the Maori saying:
"Te Ha o Taku maunga
Ko taku manawa"
(The breath of my mountain is my heart).

Bing lived and died by this: he died on Sunday 17 December 2000 while walking the Queen Charlotte Walkway, Marlborough, New Zealand, with his family, his other great passion in life.

"We have lost a champion of conservation and protected areas and a particularly fine human being", said Cath Wallace.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news