Mangawhai man Dr Gordon Hosking is on the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his significant efforts to protect pohutukawa, rata and other conservation projects.
Dr Hosking has been a trustee of Project Crimson for 29 years, and his career has included positions with the Forest Research Institute/Scion Forest Health Group and the Ministry of Forestry.
“I have always worked largely with a team of people who have worked alongside me in conservation, and I was a little surprised to be singled out,” he said.
“I’ve been brought up in the outdoors, and I’ve always worked in native forests. Doing work to try to conserve them and improve them is really no hardship for me.”
He will attend a ceremony at Government House with his wife and daughter where the governor general will present him with the award.
Project Crimson chair, Joris de Bres, says Dr Hosking inspired the establishment of Project Crimson with a report he wrote whilst working at the Forest Research Institute.
“He’s a very committed, humble, modest guy who likes to get on with the job and doesn’t look for any reward other than the work that he’s doing. He is retiring from the Project Crimson Trust this week, so this comes at a perfect time at the end of a 29 year period of service.”
Dr Hosking led operations for the Living Legends conservation project, which from 2011 to 2016 saw more than 170,000 native trees planted to commemorate New Zealand’s hosting of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He also helped to establish Trees That Count in 2016, a national project encouraging New Zealanders to plant millions more native trees to mitigate climate change.