| Latest Wellington News | Thursday April 19 2012 12:17
The Kapiti Coast is today saying goodbye to a prominent and much loved conservationist.
Peter McKenzie passed away earlier this week following an 18 month battle with cancer.
The 59-year-old founded the Nga Manu Reserve and was instrumental in introducing programmes to boost threatened native species, including Tuatara and kiwi.
Nga Manu Nature Reserve manager Bruce Benseman says he was an all round good bloke who will be greatly missed.
"To know that suffering's over is great, but to know we've lost a great identity for conservation in the Waikanae-Kapiti community is a great loss."
A funeral's being held at the Reserve from 2 o'clock.