Jeanette Fitzsimons CNZM

Jeanette Fitzsimons CNZM

The team at the Environmental Defence Society (EDS) wishes to acknowledge with great respect the passing of Jeanette Fitzsimons, an inspiration and role model for environmental activists and all New Zealanders. Our connections with Jeanette stretch back to the 1980s.

As many others have noted, she was a hugely principled person with a caring yet very staunch disposition. She was a true leader and always ahead of her time.

EDS and others were working with Jeanette very recently over efforts to get climate change mitigation finally included as a matter of national importance in the Resource Management Act. Such an amendment would be one tangible legacy of her influence on environmental policy. An amendment bill is before Parliament right now.

Our thoughts and kind wishes are with Harry and family.

Gary Taylor

Last updated at 8:44AM on March 12, 2020