Aotearoa has lost a conservation giant. WWF is devastated by the loss of Sir Rob Fenwick. He was a staunch advocate for our environment and the forefather of the Predator-Free movement. But most importantly, he was kind, caring, and generous to all those around him. It's this kindness that sat at the heart of his conservation efforts - to improve our natural world, to make it healthier, and more resilient for future generations.
"I was incredibly fortunate to sit with Sir Rob a few short weeks ago at his home to talk about his life, legacy, and what we can do to make our world a better place. Despite his illness, he was enthusiastic, and the light shone brightly in his eyes while we spoke about our environment and native birds. He laughed as he told us about the neighbourhood competition to catch rats and how people once thought the idea of being 'predator-free' was crazy," says Livia Esterhazy, WWF-New Zealand CEO.
"I knew Sir Rob had a long relationship with WWF, beginning as a Trustee in 1985, but what I did not know, until our talk, is this relationship began his conservation journey. We are so extraordinarily lucky to have been a small part of his incredible legacy. My colleagues and I feel honoured to have known him, to work with him, and to learn from him. I know, we are not alone in this. Sir Rob will, forever, be an inspiration to us all."
Our hearts are with Jennie and his children. Hei maumaharatanga ki te tino hoa.