By Lynch, Jim
In 1990 James Lynch QSM conceived the idea of urban conservation through a plan to `Bring the Birds back to Wellington'. Two years later he came up with the daring concept of community conservation. His visionary 1992 proposal for the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary (now Zealandia) ima...gined a predator-fenced, community-driven eco-sanctuary, populated with endangered species and located 2 km from the Wellington CBD. 30 years later Zealandia is a resounding success and Wellington has been transformed into an international showcase of urban conservation. Inspired by Zealandia, eco-sanctuaries proliferated around the nation. This is Jim's account of how Zealandia became a reality and changed a city and a nation. An uplifting account of daring innovation, and of the determination of an ever-expanding community that built a jewel that will be treasured by generations yet to be born.Read more
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Jim and Eve Lynch arrived in Wellington in 1981 and founded a successful management systems design business. An award-winning cartoonist and business innovator, Jim brought his foresight and business skills to bear on the local conservation scene with immediate and considerable results. Jim was awarded two Absolutely Positively Wellington awards; for Natural Wellington in 1997 and for Zealandia in 2000. That year he was a finalist in the `Wellingtonian of the Year awards and in 2001 received a Queens Service Medal (QSM) for services to conservation. Jim is now the Founder Vice-Patron of Zealandia and he and Eve spend time enjoying the valley and reflecting on how wonderful it is to have your dreams come true.
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