Dr John Craig, School of Environment's Retired Professor Receives New Year's Honour

23 January 2013

Dr John Craig, retired Professor from the School of Environment received the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the New Year's Honours list for his work in conservation.

Dr Craig retired from the School to live in Northland with his partner Dr Ann Stewart, where they run a 300hec family farm, with farmstay accommodation, a honey business and horses. Dr Craig spent 36 years at The University of Auckland beginning in the Department of Zoology before moving to become the inaugural head of the School of Environmental and Marine Sciences (SEMS) at the Tamaki campus.  With the School's merger with geography and then geology Dr Craig was appointed Professor of Environmental Management.

Dr Craig is widely recognised and respected for his work in conservation and was instrumental in establishing Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf as an open conservation sanctuary.  He has received many international awards for his work in conservation.  Dr Craig's research focus is in the area of sustainable management.  He currently works as a consultant and stays an active researcher in the fields of conservation management, industry attitudes to sustainability, and urban ecosystem management.

This honour is high recognition for Dr Craig's lengthy involvement in New Zealand conservation.