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Thursday, 09 November 2017 08:24

QSM for DUs first president Ian Pirani

Written by Liz Brook
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In July 2015, Andy Garrick CEO of Eastern Fish & Game (left) and DU life Member Ian Pirani was recognised for his long involvement with F&G. The inscription reads: In recognition for your long term dedication and commitment to the conservation and management of New Zealand’s water fowl and their wetland habitats. In July 2015, Andy Garrick CEO of Eastern Fish & Game (left) and DU life Member Ian Pirani was recognised for his long involvement with F&G. The inscription reads: In recognition for your long term dedication and commitment to the conservation and management of New Zealand’s water fowl and their wetland habitats. Unknown

Ian received a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) in that year’s Queen’s Birthday honours for services to conservation.

In 1974 Ian was a co-founder of Ducks Unlimited and was the first president of DUNZ until 1980. During that time Ian and his wife Dawn initiated a Pateke breeding programme and nesting boxes for Grey Teal throughout NZ.

Ian and his wife Dawn established the largest water fowl collection in Australasia, and were the first to privately breed Whio in captivity.

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