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Department of Conservation’s Director-General Lou Sanson is set to resign on September 13.
Mr Sanson was in his role for the last eight years after his contract had been extended by two years.
He has served two three-year terms while in the position but will be moving on to work in environmental and social governance, also volunteering with the Predator Free 2050 movement and Backcountry Trust.
“I was particularly proud of the work to establish Rakiura National Park and the New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands World Heritage Area as Southland Conservator from 1996 to 2002,” he said in a newsletter statement.
“The work I’m most proud of is the work that has made a difference for people and for conservation. Especially how much we have shifted our critical relationships with whānau, hapū and iwi around Aotearoa modelled on DOC’s Te Kaupapa.”
“After eight incredible years working with so many superb staff, whānau, hapū and iwi, community groups, local government, commercial partners and philanthropists, it’s time for me to get back into the nature I love and grew up in.”
In his lifetime, he wishes that Wellington becomes the world’s first predator-free capital city — “I really hope to see in my lifetime. I would love to hear kiwi in our capital city,” he said.
His hope to be around until September will give him time to say goodbye to many of the people he’s worked with over time.
Image: SUPPLIED/Department of Conservation [Government Newswire]
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